A Canadian has recently received a lifetime ban from entering US for selling cannabis equipment.
Jay Evans, CEO of Keirton Inc., an equipment manufacturer, received a lifetime ban when US border guards discovered some of his machines are used by cannabis producers, The Toronto Star reported on Thursday.
Evans is among other Canadians who are feeling the change at the border as their country inches closer to legalize recreational cannabis on Oct. 17.
Canadians, who are involved in the cannabis industry, are also been labeled “inadmissible” since they are living off the profits of the marijuana trade.
Must apply for waivers
If banned, Canadians must seek legal waivers from an immigration lawyer, which could last up to five years and they need to renew later.
A Wash.-based immigration lawyer Len Saunders told the Toronto Star that he hears from Canadians seeking waivers for inadmissibility because of cannabis at least once or twice a week — up from one or two cases per year 15 years ago.
“How are you getting paid?” Saunders asked. “You’re getting paid by your Canadian company which is making money through marijuana.”
The US federal government considers marijuana an illegal drug despite nine states that have already legalized the recreational use of cannabis, and Oklahoma recently became the 30th state to make medical marijuana legal.
A Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs press officer for the US State Department told The Star via email that “admission requirements into the United States will not change due to Canada’s legalization of cannabis.”