U.S. Customs and Border Protection didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
Less than two weeks after a Canadian woman was barred from entering the United States after she was found with cannabidiol (CBD) oil at the border, her lawyer says her lifetime ban from entering the states has been reversed in what he is calling a “best-case scenario.”
The 21-year-old, who has asked not to be identified by CBC News, was crossing the border between B.C. and Washington state last month when CBD oil was found in her backpack.
CBD is a non-psychoactive product of the cannabis plant, and is used by the woman to treat the painful side-effects of scoliosis.
She said she thought it was OK for the oil to be carried over the border, considering such products are legal in both British Columbia and Washington. But while some states have dismantled prohibition, cannabis possession remains a criminal offence federally, and the U.S. border is governed by federal law.
The woman, an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, was fined $500 for failing to declare the oil, fingerprinted and subsequently denied entry to the U.S.
Michelle Ghoussoub · CBC News · Posted: Sep 03, 2019 5:57 AM PT