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Has anyone crossed into the US since marijuana legalization?

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Has anyone crossed into the US since marijuana legalization?

I'm curious to hear from anyone who's going through US customs (land or air) since marijuana legalization.

Were you asked about previous marijuana usage? If so was it asked immediately (i.e. are they asking everyone) or was it because they stopped you for a particular reason and did secondary questioning. Do they appear to care about prior usage?
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Went through the other day. No questions from the American agents, just normal, are you Canadian, where you going, how long you staying etc.
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Crossed through land border crossing yesterday. No questions about pot. Was with wife and toddler though, so probably didn't fit the profile they're looking for.
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Jtu85 wrote: Crossed through land border crossing yesterday. No questions about pot. Was with wife and toddler though, so probably didn't fit the profile they're looking for.
Why not? Being married and having kids doesn't have anything to do with whether someone smokes weed.
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Chickinvic wrote: Why not? Being married and having kids doesn't have anything to do with whether someone smokes weed.
I'm not saying that it does. I'm just saying that the border typically has a profile they're on the lookout for and I don't think mine was it.
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I am in the trusted travelers program so it's probably a lot easier for me
but I think you're totally overthinking this...just don't show up high or have that smell on you and you'll be fine
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Several colleagues left yesterday for a work trip and during our conference call this afternoon, they didn't mention anything out of the ordinary (HR sent a travel advisory about this).
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The world is not going to end because weed is legal in Canada. The legal date would of meant nothing other than all the newspaper articles and news shows complaining about the Goverment not being ready.
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No issues crossing at cornwall/watertown NY. Seemed bit quicker than normal. Kinda hippy looking and no issues at all.
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There were no additional questions on the way to USA. However, on the way back, in Toronto Pearson, self-service kiosk asked me if I am currently carrying/using any weed.
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My questioning has gone way down since Nexus - last two times in fact there were no questions at all - pull up to the window and officer says 'you're all set'... Not a user in any case
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Thanks for the responses. When legalization first passed legislation, there were reports in the news that US Customs would question everyone about marijuana and could / would deny entry to anyone with any previous use (not just current / recent).
Jtu85 wrote: Crossed through land border crossing yesterday. No questions about pot. Was with wife and toddler though, so probably didn't fit the profile they're looking for.
Although I do think they profile, they can / do stop anyone who doesn't fit an apparent profile; years ago, my wife, 3 yrd old son and I were stopped entering the US in an RV on the way to Florida. They went through everything in the RV and questioned us separately for over an hour. We're both white, late 30s at the time, I'm a Federal Gov IT employee, she's mostly a stay-at-home mom but also works part-time as a real-estate agent. I'm not sure why they stopped us or why we were so interesting (given the way they searched us, I think they suspected we were smuggling something (we weren't)) but eventually they let us go and we completed our trip. Ironically enough (and I would never do this), they let us go after my wife got angry that we were being detained for no reason - she didn't exactly yell at them but was certainly visibly annoyed about the situation and didn't hide that.

I do have to admit that I do not do well with authority (I basically look nervous and guilty even if I haven't done anything wrong) and I pretty much get questioned every time I cross into Canada or the US.
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twitchyzero wrote: I am in the trusted travelers program so it's probably a lot easier for me
but I think you're totally overthinking this...just don't show up high or have that smell on you and you'll be fine
Psychopathetic wrote: My questioning has gone way down since Nexus - last two times in fact there were no questions at all - pull up to the window and officer says 'you're all set'... Not a user in any case
Interesting observation.
What if you are a Nexus holder and do use cannabis and get dinged? You would lose your Nexus and be flagged or even banned? Should Nexus users lie more diligently? LOL
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Used to work for Canada Customs...

Although I have no concrete stories to share as this just went into effect last week

I would think that the folks most being questioned about Weed in this first week right now by US CBP is American Citizens returning to the USA from Canada, especially anyone who is making short day trips across the border.

Pot is still a federal offence in America... even if one resides in a Pot Friendly State

We will no doubt hear more about Canadians and their experiences at the border as the days & weeks go on.
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michelb wrote: Thanks for the responses. When legalization first passed legislation, there were reports in the news that US Customs would question everyone about marijuana and could / would deny entry to anyone with any previous use (not just current / recent).



Although I do think they profile, they can / do stop anyone who doesn't fit an apparent profile; years ago, my wife, 3 yrd old son and I were stopped entering the US in an RV on the way to Florida. They went through everything in the RV and questioned us separately for over an hour. We're both white, late 30s at the time, I'm a Federal Gov IT employee, she's mostly a stay-at-home mom but also works part-time as a real-estate agent. I'm not sure why they stopped us or why we were so interesting (given the way they searched us, I think they suspected we were smuggling something (we weren't)) but eventually they let us go and we completed our trip. Ironically enough (and I would never do this), they let us go after my wife got angry that we were being detained for no reason - she didn't exactly yell at them but was certainly visibly annoyed about the situation and didn't hide that.

I do have to admit that I do not do well with authority (I basically look nervous and guilty even if I haven't done anything wrong) and I pretty much get questioned every time I cross into Canada or the US.
First of all, also Federal Gov IT employee, mid thirties, wife and 3 year old daughter at time of crossing lol.

As to your experience going to secondary, I have also had this happen to me in the past on different trips. I believe there is a random selection to send people to Secondary on top of the times they have suspicions about a traveler. I believe I've gone to secondary inspection 2 or 3 times in my life. Not the most pleasant experience but we had nothing to hide so the only cost to us was time.

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