Actually, yes. Quite a lot of it.
In between both countries is a strong presence from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which, until federal law changes, continues to see marijuana as a substance as dangerous and illegal as heroin and LSD, regardless of laws of any state or neighboring countries.
Possession could earn everything from a citation and confiscation to arrest. Depending on circumstances and quantities, conviction on charges of delivery or possession of cannabis or paraphernalia can lead to significant fines and jail time.
U.S. authorities will also be monitoring drivers coming south for possibly being under the influence of cannabis or alcohol, a crime that also carries significant legal penalties.
Beyond having cannabis products in your car or suitcase, traveling for cannabis-related activity could also raise legal red flags, including saying that you’re heading north to get weed, or returning with some purchased legally.
U.S. citizens returning south can’t be denied entry because of cannabis possession, but non-citizen U.S. residents could potentially face deportation. Even admitting to having used cannabis in the past could affect future applications for legal or permanent residency.
Canadian residents telling U.S. authorities that they’ve used any amount of marijuana in the past can also be banned entry into the U.S. temporarily or even permanently. They do have the option of paying $585 for a waiver for travel purposes, but this must be renewed every time they come south.
Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, as of Oct. 17, Canadian authorities likely will be focusing more on U.S. residents trying to bring firearms north illegally, but could potentially block entry if an American tries to bring in unlicensed cannabis.
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