Canada is set to legalize marijuana this October and U.S. customs and border agents are already gearing up.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have said they will continue to enforce federal law along the northern border. The CBP said to Detroit’s Local 4 news, “Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. States and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana all remain illegal under U.S. federal law.”
The officials, whose names were not given, said that anybody who attempts to enter the United States with marijuana may have the products taken away and could possibly face fines and even “apprehension.”
Drew Dilkens, who is the mayor of Windsor, a Canadian border town located close to Detroit) said to Local 4 news that there are some concerns about travelers between Canada and the U.S. understanding what is legal and illegal in each respective country.
“We want to make sure that people who come here don’t have a bad experience and that they’re fully informed when they cross the border that the laws are different here,” he remarked.
Marijuana products will not be allowed to cross between the two countries by U.S. officials.
“This bright red line at the border is something we all need to consider, because federal law will apply at the border, notwithstanding what’s legal or not in either province or state on the other side of that border,” Dilkens said.