United States Border Crossing Cannabis Laws
Medicinal cannabis has numerous, proven health benefits. However, our cousins south of the border still have draconian laws prohibiting its transportation. In their infinite wisdom the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
Heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote. – DEA
Despite the benefit of cannabis the powers that be still refuse to recognize the health benefits.
United States border crossing cannabis laws
All visitors to the U.S. must complete a standard CBP Declaration Form 6059B. The purpose of this form is to provide the U.S. government with information on any goods being transported into the country. The legalization of cannabis in Canada has now prompted Border Service Agency guards to inquire if border travellers are transporting pot.
How to properly answer questions regarding the CBP Declaration Form?
Any admission to a U.S. border patrol officer of cannabis possession can prohibit your access to the United States. The fact is, it doesn’t matter if you smoked weed 10 days or 10 years ago you can still be denied entry into the states.
Sometimes 100 percent transparency is not the best policy. Again I’m not advocating to blatantly lie, this article is to merely inform you of the reality of cross-border traveling as a user of cannabis.
Financial dealings or investment in cannabis companies
Entrepreneurs traveling to the United States for cannabis-related business opportunities should also exercise caution with what you say at the border. Law abiding Canadian citizens have been denied entry for simply telling the truth about their history of cannabis use.
Entrepreneurs or major investors in a cannabis company would most likely be denied entry. To reiterate if your purpose for travel to the states is to engage or invest in the marijuana industry you will be found inadmissible for entry.
When to be truthful
For Canadians who have a criminal record, you are obligated to inform the U.S. CBP authorities of your past. Any drug-related criminal history will deny you entry to the U.S. The only way to circumvent this would be to apply for a waiver, this is a long and prohibitively expensive process. Hopefully, this article has clarified some of the confusion regarding cross-border travel, check out our sales on Quick Greens flowers.