U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Admits Canadian Cannabis Workers Not Barred From Entering US

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Admits Canadian Cannabis Workers Not Barred From Entering US
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<![CDATA[After years of civil litigation, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has relented in federal court: No, participating in the legal Canadian cannabis industry will not bar you from entry to the U.S. This was a hard-won admission, however, given the long-running back-and-forth between Seattle law firm Davis Wright Tremaine and the attorneys for CBP. And the delay did not come without cost. Numerous Canadian citizens had been barred entry to the U.S., dating back to 2018, due to a vague and penalizing policy focused solely on their employment within the legal cannabis space. Davis Wright Tremaine’s lawsuit set out in 2019 to identify that very policy. Where was it recorded? What did it really say? Who had authorized it? Cannabis Business Times, in fact, filed a similar FOIA request for those records on May 7, 2018. As of this writing, that request remains “under agency review.” But as the years wore on, the Davis Wright Tremaine lawsuit’s civil docket redounded again and again to unclear responses from CBP. The ongoing question, according to Judge Ricardo Martinez, was just how thoroughly CBP was searching its own internal records for a trace of this policy. As Martinez wrote in 2020: “On first look, and afforded the presumption of good faith, CBP’s evidence appears to paint a clear picture of a reasonable and comprehensive response to Plaintiff’s requests. However, the details are far hazier. Drawing reasonable inferences in favor of Plaintiff, the Court is left with too many questions to find that CBP’s search was reasonable and adequate as a matter of law. First, CBP has not provided adequate detail of its search at almost every level.” This debate over the physical search for CBP’s own internal records lasted several years, cementing the skepticism that brought Davis Wright Tremaine to file the lawsuit in the…

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