Border patrol document confirms

"Working in Canada’s cannabis industry does not make people inadmissible to U.S."

Simply working in Canada’s cannabis industry does not automatically render a person ineligible for admission to the U.S., a recently disclosed document from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says.

That directly contradicts what top officials with the agency told the media following Canada’s national legalization of cannabis in 2018.

Previous statements from CBP made it seem like it was a codified policy within the agency that people who work directly with cannabis or in ancillary markets would be permanently barred from visiting or immigrating to the U.S. regardless of Canada’s move to legalize. But recently, unredacted guidance says otherwise.

The law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP obtained the document through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that they’ve been pursuing over the past several years and which involved a court battle. CBP previously released a heavily redacted version of the guidance that omitted much of the policy on people who lawfully work in foreign cannabis industries, but in March, the agency agreed to disclose additional text that paints a clearer picture.

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