According to the article, it's not likely that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will interrogate every Canadian about marijuana use. It has been legalized in nine USA states and Washington, D.C., but remains illegal at a federal level.
If someone attempting to cross the border into the US admits to past use of illegal drugs, he or she would be deemed inadmissible to enter. Owen said if travelers lie about past drug use during questioning, that's "fraud and misrepresentation, which carries a lifetime ban". This makes me wonder: was he ever in actual contact with U.S. Border Patrol officials during the legalization process?
"Of course there's always going to be a concern, but the reality is, I can only tell the truth", he said.
Possession of weed at the border will also remain illegal, even when crossing into a state with more liberal drug laws.
Canada is set to become the world's only major industrialized nation to legalize retail marijuana sales, starting October 17.
Another official said those participating in the marijuana business may be turned away at the border.
They say that despite one in eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident.
"There's absolutely no way you can say if you've invested in the is industry you're not going to be allowed into the United States", he said. This decision will doom many youth before they even get started in life and careers.
It could create problems for workers or executives if border officials ask them straightforward questions about their occupations.
Border authorities can ban others indirectly involved with Canada's marijuana industry from entering the U.S., Mr. Owen continued, including investors since the Immigration and Nationality Act applies to people who have financially benefited from the plant, Politico reported.
Although you may not be denied entry simply for having a job that's legal in Canada, marijuana executives who work with US companies may be seen as being engaged in criminal activity, Chang said.
"I think it's incredibly risky for someone to [lie], especially if they are somebody who works in the industry and their affiliation with the industry is readily available online", said Enenajor.