Potential Travel Bans Don't Seem To Be Stopping People From Working In Weed, Says BC Government

US authorities have made it very clear that working in the legal Canadian cannabis industry could land you with a lifetime travel ban - but that doesn't seem to be stopping people from taking those jobs.

The government of British Colombia says it hasn't had any issues hitting their cannabis-related hiring goals. This despite the US Border Agency's ability to deem people inadmissible for working in the industry. And while workers aren't showing too much concern about this possibility, the BC provincial government certainly is.

"The incidents reported in the media and their potential repercussions are of significant concern to us," Viviana Zanocco, B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch spokesperson, told The GrowthOp. "Many of us are traveling to the US with our families this summer, or enjoy shopping south of the border on a regular basis, and want to continue doing so while feeling safe and secure."

Stephanie Smith, president of the BC Government Employees Union says that she hasn't heard any concerns from members about US travel bans but her agency is working to make sure people are aware of the reality.

"Our role is going to be to work with the employer to make sure that anybody who does take a job in the new branch understands the potential outcomes," Smith said.

She called the US policy "outrageous" and is hopeful the federal government will be able to work something out.

"We just feel really, really strongly that people who work in a legal industry and, in fact, are working for a provincial government, should not be punished for doing so."

The possibility of a travel ban for people working in Canada's legal cannabis industry has been one of the biggest unintended consequences of legalization. And considering how the Trudeau government has co-signed a re-up of the war on drugs, this issue seems likely to be hanging around a while longer.


With northern California's renowned cannabis festival, the Emerald Cup coming up next month, we're reflecting on all the fun we had last year with cannabis influencer Elise McRoberts interviewing Herbie Herbert, a former Santana roadie and manger for Journey, as well as Steve Parish, who managed the Jerry Garcia Band and went on the road with the Grateful Dead. Back int he day, bands touring the world had to smuggle their cannabis into Europe and other foreign countries. Traveling with equipment and other gear, roadies would have to find secret places to hide the stash.

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