Cannabis in Canada will become legal for adult users on July 1, 2018. The plant is also currently legal for medical and/or recreational purposes in 29 states in the U.S. Keeping this in mind, it may seem strange to some that admitting weed use at the Canada/USA border can get a Canadian citizen banned from the United States for life.
be clear, we are not talking about personal possession or drug
trafficking across the border. Any citizen
of Canada who admits using marijuana in the past may be permanently
barred from entering the United States.
Alan Ranta from Vancouver did not possess any weed or cannabis-infused goods at the time of his arrest at the country’s border. However, after he had told about smoking pot in the past, Alan was banished. According to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Canadian was banned because of “a crime involving moral turpitude.”
So, smoking a herb that is currently legal in more than half of U.S. states can be considered an immoral act by border guards, acting on their own discretion.
It seems that Alan Ranta was asked questions about smoking weed because of his odd clothes. He headed to a music festival and was wearing a banana suit, tutus, and a bright hat.
Ralph Goodale, the Public Safety Minister of Canada, has recently said that the ban should be reexamined. The dialog between the border authorities of Canada and the U.S. should be intensified.
Banned Canadians will need to apply for a travel once again and pay a $585 fee for a shot at overturning the previous decision. The waiver may or may not be approved; moreover, it has varying expiration dates. Once expired, they must reapply for a fee that doubles the original amount.