Canada looks to end US travel ban for residents who admit to marijuana use


Instances of border representatives stopping Canadian pot cigarette smokers ridiculous, minister stated, as the drug is legal in lots of US states and is anticipated to be in Canada

Canada will press the United States to alter a border policy that has actually prohibited Canadians who confess to having actually utilized cannabis from travel to the United States, provided Canadas strategies to legislate pot , a federal government representative stated on Friday.

The case of a Canadian male disallowed from United States travel since he confessed to having actually smoked pot recreationally has actually triggered a dispute about United States border representatives utilizing a federal law versus cannabis usage, although pot usage is legal in numerous states and quickly to be legal in Canada .

We clearly have to magnify our conversations with our border authorities in the United States, consisting of the Department of Homeland Security, the general public security minister, Ralph Goodale, stated in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp late on Thursday.

This does appear to be a ridiculous circumstance, he stated, keeping in mind that cannabis is legal in Washington state along with 3 or 4 other territories in the United States.

A spokesperson stated on Friday that while the Canadian federal government has actually been talking to the United States federal government to guarantee authorities understand Canadas prepares to legislate cannabis, the debate over Canadians being stopped at the border and prohibited from future travel has actually not been attended to.

In regards to the practices of border guards in concern, those just pertained to extensive interest just recently and will be talked about in future bilateral conversations, Scott Bardsley, representative for Goodale, stated in an e-mail.

Officials at the United States embassy in Ottawa, the United States state department and United States custom-mades and border defense did not instantly react to a demand for remark.

According to regional media reports, British Columbia resident Matthew Harvey was stopped at a United States border crossing in Washington state in 2014 and inquired about leisure cannabis usage. When Harvey, who had an authorization to utilize medical cannabis, stated he had actually smoked pot recreationally, he was rejected entry and prohibited from future entry. While he can obtain a travel waiver to be confessed momentarily, it is discretionary and expensive.

The Liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau, campaigned on a pledge to legislate leisure cannabis and the federal government has stated it would present legislation by the spring of 2017.

Twenty-five US states have actually approved some kinds of cannabis usage for medical functions, while 4 permit leisure usage. 9 other states have medical or leisure cannabis propositions movinged towards their tallies in the November election.

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