Canada to Challenge US Travel Ban for Canadians Who Admit Cannabis Use

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Canada to Challenge US Travel Ban for Canadians Who Admit Cannabis Use

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On Sept. 9, 2016, Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that Canada will challenge the United States to change a border policy that U.S. border agents have used to ban travel into the U.S. for Canadians who admit cannabis use, as reported by Reuters.

Goodale was prompted to make a statement after recent reports surfaced regarding Canadians being denied entry into the U.S. for admitting past marijuana use when questioned by U.S. border agents.

“We obviously need to intensify our discussions with our border authorities in the United States, including the Department of Homeland Security,” Goodale told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp on Sept. 8.

“This does seem to be a ludicrous situation,” he added, referencing marijuana’s legal status in the state of Washington and “three or four other jurisdictions in the United States.”

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