It's a change that apparently is not sitting especially well well with our neighbours to the south.
As Canada prepares for the legalization of marijuana nation-wide, people who invest in the booming pot sector could risk a life-time at the border, according to a senior official who oversees the United States border operations.
Cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S.at Blaine, Wash.
Executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations for Customs Border Protection (CPB) Todd Owen said Thursday that agents will give Canadians a lifetime ban if they are connected to Canada's legal cannabis sector. Likewise, investors in pot companies are considered inadmissible.
"I would not be crossing the border until I am safely out of that company", he said. The advice of Goodale and Trudeau is to be honest at the border - and to make sure you're not carrying.
It's not uncommon for border patrol officers to ask travellers what they do for a living, and if a Canadian admits to either being employed in or investing in the marijuana industry, it's grounds for inadmissibility into the United States.
"I think it's incredibly unsafe for someone to [lie], especially if they are somebody who works in the industry and their affiliation with the industry is readily available online", said Enenajor. Still, he said you mustn't lie about it, since that would be "fraud and misrepresentation, which carries a lifetime ban".
If someone attempting to cross the border into the US admits to past use of illegal drugs, he or she would be deemed inadmissible to enter.
Typically, travellers will be given the opportunity to "voluntary withdraw" from the border, or they face an "expedited removal". The hopes are high that in the near future, the US can begin to follow in public opinion, and open up its cannabis markets to that of its northern neighbor, allowing for peaceful trade and industries that could continue to work in tandem. That means treating marijuana users like criminals and those who work in the marijuana industry like drug traffickers, even if they aren't trying to bring any of the stuff into the states.
It remains unclear what Canada can do.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he doesn't think he has the right to press the USA on its admission policy.