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Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization

Although marijuana is legal in Canada, even if a Canadian enters a U.S. state where marijuana use is legal, federal law bans the use, sale and investment in the marijuana industry and the U.S. Canada Border is patrolled by United States Federal Agents. Canada's marijuana legalization and decriminalization have resulted in many criminal inadmissibility questions for individuals and corporate cross-border business.

Canadian Visitors to the U.S.

Canadians should consult an immigration lawyer if they have ever used, bought, sold or invested in a marijuana business or service and want to visit the United States. When Canada's new cannabis legalization laws went into effect on October 17, 2018, U.S. customs and border agents continued to enforce federal law along the northern border.

Inadmissibility to the United States

If you are permanently banned from entering the United States for your legal Canadian purchase and use of marijuana, you can appeal the decision. Ackah Business Immigration Law provides comprehensive expertise in all areas of Canadian and United States immigration law.

Episode 4: Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility to Enter Canada or the United States

Show Notes: One of the most stressful issues for people traveling to Canada or the United States is criminal inadmissibility. DUIs, an assault, possession of marijuana convictions ...

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Criminal Inadmissibility to Enter Canada or the U.S.: Facebook Live May 21

Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah Answers Your Questions about Criminal Inadmissibility to Enter Canada or the U.S.: Your Options Including U.S. Visa Waivers, TRPs and Rehabilitation ...

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How to Enter Canada If You've Been Convicted of Marijuana Use or Related Crimes

The headlines are frequently featured U.S. entertainers such as comedian Russell Brand, actors Wes Brantley and Lindsay Lohan, rappers DMX and Kodak Black, or actor who has been ...

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6 Months In: What Employees Who Travel Between Canada and the U.S. Need to Know About Cannabis Legalization

Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana 6 months ago, in October 2018. Employees who travel between Canada and the United States continue to have concerns about how legalized ...

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How Marijuana Impaired Driving Penalties Can Result in Deportation from Canada

Canada legalized the recreational use of cannabis in October 2018, and on December 18, 2018, Canada enacted new impaired driving penalties and the maximum penalty for most of these ...

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Medical Conditions That Can Prevent You From Entering Canada

There are medical conditions that can make someone medically inadmissible to enter Canada and live in Canada on a permanent basis. On June 1, 2018, IRCC made significant changes to ...

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Calculate Your Express Entry Score

Are you qualified to move to Canada? Express Entry is Canada's skilled-worker immigration application process for high-skilled foreign workers and international students who ...

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Forbes Bros. Ltd. chose Ackah law as our immigration specialist for several reasons:

1. Competence: As immigration, permanent residency and the temporary Foreign worker program are necessary to our business we are not in a position to use a less than fully qualified service provider on these files.

2. Responsiveness: When you are dealing with the lives of people, there is nothing more important to that individual at that moment than his or her immigration issues, responsiveness to this, and an appreciation of the employee’s position is key.

3. Attitude: The thing I like best about Ackah law is the attitude and can-do spirit of the staff. Evelyn and her team show us what a small group of dedicated individuals can do. IT is the first time in a long time that I didn’t feel like a billable hour in a lawyers office.

– Doug Elniski, Vice President - Human Resources

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