Despite that Canada will have legal cannabis nationwide in a month, and that a majority of states have legalized cannabis to some extent, the plant remains illegal at the federal level. "Facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in US states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect an individual's admissibility to the U.S". The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF has risen by 134 percent in the past year.
In its report, Politico spoke with Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, who said that border officials are not planning to go out of their way to interrogate every Canadian traveller about marijuana use, but there will be factors may cause them to raise the topic. He said he has disclosed his employment each time crossing the border, and has never been turned away.
So what to do when you want to cross the border?
While some USA states allow pot use, the drug remains federally illegal.
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.
The government is also ramping up advertising reminding Canadians of their obligations to obey the laws of both countries. "We already notice somewhat of a trend of some people not going to the USA", said Silver. "That person who owns a mutual fund and maybe doesn't even know where their money is going, are they going to be covered as well?" he asked. "This could add to that". "No lawyer could counsel anyone to lie to a border agent, but if an agent asks the question, I suppose they could decline to answer". Companies hiring new employees should ask prospective hires if they have any current or past connection to the marijuana industry that could put them in the crosshairs of USA border officials, he said.
Canadians who use marijuana but make their money elsewhere risk being denied entry as well under the same immigration law. "That you are going to start seeing some problems with - especially if they buy operations or start doing business with a US company", he said.