Sarah Leamon: Here’s why an American law makes Canadian cannabis workers ineligible to enter United States

Crossing the border may become much more difficult for a certain group of Canadians come October 17, 2018.

While marijuana users have been gearing up for potential issues at the border for some time, it now appears that people working in the cannabis industry may also be affected—regardless of whether they use the drug or not. 

Under U.S. law, anyone associated with the cannabis industry could be banned from entering the country for life, even after it is legalized in Canada nationwide. If it seems harsh, that’s because it is…but it’s all in the context of the war on drugs. 

Even though some states, like Washington and Colorado, have chosen to legalize the drug, cannabis is still illegal in the U.S. on a whole. At a federal level, cannabis is prohibited and is classified as a Schedule I substance. 

This means that once you cross the border, the joint you touched last week is

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