Approximately 400,000 people cross the US/Canada border every day, and that’s likely to continue after Canada’s cannabis legalization laws are implemented on October 17.
Since the new laws have some Canadians confused about how to navigate US travel and cannabis use, Daily Hive found answers to commonly asked questions regarding crossing between the countries.
Can I bring cannabis across the border?
No, not in either direction.
“Moving cannabis across the border is illegal today and will continue to be illegal under the new law,” Scott Bardsley of the office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement to Daily Hive.
What happens if you have criminal convictions or have admitted to previously consuming cannabis to US Border officials?
You can apply for an entry waiver, but it doesn’t come cheap. It costs $585USD for a waiver that is good for 5 years. The payment “must be made with a certified check in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. Bank” and processing can take “up to a year,” per the US Customs and Border Protection. When the waiver expires, you’ll have to re-apply continuously, every 5 years, to maintain your permission to enter the US. [Read [email protected] Daily Hive]