Canada may be about to legalize recreational cannabis, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world is. This is the basic reminder Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered during an interview on Tuesday when asked to give advice to Canadian cannabis users looking to cross international borders. As if crossing the border into the U.S. wasn’t scary enough already…
In a recent interview with CBC Manitoba, Trudeau was asked by a listener what he would do if an unsmiling U.S. border security agent asked if he’d ever tried cannabis.
“I’ve never lied to a border guard,” said Trudeau, who has admitted to using cannabis in the past.
“I certainly won’t work to assume or impress upon the U.S. who they have to let in or not,” he went on, echoing a response he’s given to similar questions in the past and skirting the question in the most expertly political way. “They have legalized marijuana in a number of their states and we’re trying to make sure that travel between our two countries is not disrupted.”
Frankly, this answer sucks because the laws suck and travel is regularly disrupted for Canadian cannabis users. The plant is about to be legal here, is already legal in multiple American states, yet admitting to even having tried it once, however long ago, is enough to have you banned from the country for life. In what world does that make sense?
But, as Trudeau reminded Canadians, it’s not legal yet. Marijuana is still classified as a controlled substance in Canada, and the possession of the drug could result in criminal charges. And technically, as soon as Trudeau is no longer carrying a diplomatic passport, he’ll be also inadmissible by U.S. standards.
The government has already started putting out PSAs about the exact rules, ahead of legalization. This one, reminds Canadians that once marijuana’s legal, smoke it all you want…just don’t take it into the U.S. or any other nation.
“It’s not a health food supplement,” the prime minister said. “Choosing to partake of marijuana has consequences for individuals, for lives in different ways, and we’re not encouraging that.”
So smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, just so long as you don’t have any U.S. travel plans.