An immigration lawyer from Blaine, Washington is expecting business to boom, as naive British Columbians admit at the border they’re heading south to buy legal marijuana.
Len Saunders says US border officials enforce federal regulations, so any admission of using, possessing or purchasing pot could get you labeled “inadmissible” for life.
“It’s literally the kiss of death, if you admit you’re coming down to smoke marijuana, or that you smoke marijuana, or that you’re coming down to purchase it, they can find you inadmissible.”
Saunders says he’s already representing clients who got into legal trouble for making admissions about pot since it was legalized in Washington State nearly two years ago.
“I’m expecting my business to boom, I’m the only immigration lawyer in Blaine, this is the third busiest port of entry, Washington State is the only border state that sells marijuana, I’m assuming lots of Canadians are going to come down to wanting to purchase marijuana, and if they mention that at the border, it’s going to create serious problems.”
That aside, the operator of a Bellingham recreational pot shop says he’s been fielding dozens of calls from curious Canadians.
“We have gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback from Canadian customers, calling this weekend, checking to see if we are open, what we are going to carry, and there is definitely some excitement around being able to purchase recreational marijuana.”
Aaron Nelson with 2020 solutions says cross-border customers should remember that you must be over the age of 21 to purchase pot, and you could be fined for smoking marijuana in public.