As a Canadian who is about to have literally millions invested into the US market in the next year (different equipment etc) this is absolutely a concern for me. The reality is that the US is way more developed in this industry and therefore a lot of equipment has to come from south of the border and I like to see what I’m buying.
That being said, I absolutely intend on attempting to cross the border. I have a lifelong history as a frequent crosser and was even a cross-border trucker for a time where I spent 90% of my time there (Hello Yuma AZ! My second home for a while it seemed.) My record there is impeccable.
Here is what my intended response will be if they accuse me of drug trafficking or otherwise: while the company I run may be deemed illegal in you’re country, it is fully legal in my country and therefore there is no crossreference of criminal codes possible due to the fact that my activity doesn’t apply to our criminal code in any way. Even then, the transactions I am completing are with federally legal companies in your country and the monies being spent cannot be considered from drug activity due to the fact that they were obtained through a financier who earned it through other legal means and the equipment was never designed to work only with Cannabis. Hops are a common legal crop that is also used with this equipment. I myself have not personally invested money and therefore cannot be directly held to this spesific legislation. Plus, YOUR president openly and publicly admitted that he would support Cannabis reform. Last I checked, he’s the boss. Not Jeff. Plus last I also checked, President Trump is pro-money coming into the country, in a pretty intense way at that. If this legislation is actually enforceable, then I expect Aphria, Canopy Growth and other publicly traded Cannabis companies to be disbanded from the NYSE immediately otherwise this is a discriminatory action towards myself and my company.
I know it’s a long shot, but it’s worth a try. Worse case I get banned. The way I look at it is that opens up a court case to debate the issue as is my right and that will only open the political flood gates. I’ll blow the case right up and make sure it becomes big news. You’re going to deny somebody who is about to invest millions into your country? Lets see what the federal judge has to say about that. Which only gives opportunity for public opinion which consequently creates demand for change from government.
I’ll let you all know how my first crossing goes when I get to it.