After threatening a lifetime ban from entering the United States if you are involved in the marijuana industry in Canada, Saskatchewan residents are now being turned away from entering America for admitting that they have smoked in the past.
Crossing the border and entering our neighbours to the south with any amount of cannabis is against US Law, as North Dakota has not legalized marijuana. However, Saskatchewan residents are being asked at the border if they have ever smoked in the past and if you say yes, whether its been 2 or 20 years ago, they're being turned away.
Golden West Radio reached out to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a statement. They would not grant an interview but they did provide the following statement:
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforces the laws of the United States. Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. States and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana all remain illegal under U.S. federal law. Consequently, crossing the border with marijuana is prohibited and could potentially result in fines, apprehension or both."
"CBP is always concerned about criminal activity at our U.S. borders. CBP officers are the nation’s first line of defense, including prevention of illegal importation of narcotics. U.S. federal law prohibits the importation of marijuana and CBP officers will continue to enforce that law."
"CBP officers are highly trained to detect the illegal importation of narcotics. CBP’s mission to prevent this illegal importation will remain unchanged.”