An unidentified Canadian cannabis investor has been banned from entering the United States for life after being stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on his way to MJ BizCon. The investor had planned to tour a marijuana cultivation facility and attend the cannabis business conference which was held last week in Las Vegas.
Len Saunders, an immigration attorney in Blaine, Washington, said that the investor told U.S border agents his plans when they asked why he was headed to Las Vegas on the morning of October 14.
“He was traveling straight from Vancouver to Vegas,” Saunders said. “When they found out he was going down to tour the marijuana facility and that he was an investor in marijuana, they gave him a lifetime ban.”
At the pre-clearance area of Vancouver International Airport, the man revealed to a border agent that he invests in a Canadian company that has a cannabis operation in Nevada. According to a transcript of the exchange obtained by Saunders, the agent then asked the man if he knew that investing in a U.S. cannabis company is a “violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act related to controlled substance trafficking.”
“I learned that today,” the investor answered.