Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs and investors could face a lifetime ban from the US over their involvement in the industry, US media report.
A senior US border official told news site Politico that Canadians in the burgeoning sector could be deemed inadmissible to the US.
Canada is a month away from becoming the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational cannabis use.
While some US states allow pot use, the drug remains federally illegal.
There have been concerns within Canada’s growing cannabis industry for months that they may face trouble crossing the border.
In July, a Vancouver businessman was banned from entering the US for life because he had investments in US marijuana companies.
Immigration lawyers have said they have heard similar stories from clients in the industry.
There have also been concerns that more Canadians will find themselves denied entry into the US if they admit to using marijuana, or face increased searches or interrogation by US officials.
Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, told Politico that border officials will question Canadians about their marijuana use if they have cause to do so.
“Our officers are not going to be asking everyone whether they have used marijuana, but if other questions lead there – or if there is a smell coming from the car, they might ask,” he said.
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