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A top official of the U.S. Customs Border Protection confirmed Wednesday that anyone working or investing in Canada’s cannabis industry will be treated as if they are an illegal drug trafficker.

Despite that Canada will have legal cannabis nationwide in a month, and that a majority of states have legalized cannabis to some extent, the plant remains illegal at the federal level. The U.S. government views foreigners working in the marijuana industry the same way they would someone working for an illegal drug cartel or as a dealer, regardless of their home nation’s laws.

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.

“If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility,” Owen told Politico. “We don’t recognize that as a legal business. Facilitation the…

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