DHS: Canadians Will be Banned Entry For What is Legal in Both US and Canada
As many of you already know, Canada will become the first G7 nation to fully legalize the recreational use of marijuana this October. As you also know, the United States has been making moves towards legalizing marijuana at the state-level.
As of today, recreational marijuana is legal in 9 states and decriminalized in 13 more. Twelve of these states are states located along the border of Canada.
Why is that important?
Well, according to a new policy set to be established by the United States, any Canadian that admits to having used recreational marijuana will be barred entry to the United States.
To include those who used it in the United States. Legally.
According to immigration lawyer Len Saunders of Blaine Immigration, if a Canadian admits to having used marijuana for recreational purposes at some point in their lives, they will be, “barred entry for life to the United States.”
Remember, 12 of the 13 states that border Canada have at least decimalized, if not fully legalized, marijuana for recreational uses.
This means that at nearly every border crossing a Canadian can enter the United States, they will be entering a state that has at least decriminalized marijuana. Three of these states, including the highly active border crossings of Washington State, actively sell legal marijuana for recreational use. Despite this, the Department of Homeland Security is prepared to prevent any Canadian from entering the United States for marijuana use.
Think about that.
Someone could be barred entry for life for doing something that is legal in both their home country and here in the United States.
Let’s say a citizen of British Columbia vacationed in Washington State last year and legally smoked some weed with their friends. If they try to visit once weed is legal in Canada, and they admit they’ve smoked it legally here, they will be banned.
This policy is absolutely incomprehensible and we cannot allow it to go into effect.
The United States does not need to expend the energy, resources, nor finances to enact this foolish policy. I am not even going to start the argument that marijuana should already be legal at the federal level (though that’s coming soon), but to punish foreign nationals for something that is legal in many places right here at home is absolutely ludicrous and asinine.
I know our lawmakers do not always leave room for common sense when writing policy, but please try to reach out to your representatives and draw attention to this upcoming mistake