"Canadians can buy marijuana when they are in Washington state or Colorado as long as they consume it there. But they can't admit when crossing into the U.S. that pot is on their shopping list. The U.S. federal government still outlaws marijuana use and controls the border. Its agents will turn back pot-loving Canadians and say they will be banned for life from entering the United States." -- CBC World at Six, July 8
While Canadians have been able to travel to Colorado since the beginning of the year for marijuana road trips, the proximity of Washington state to British Columbia will increase the likelihood of short 420 trips. As the paragraph above points out, Canadians need to be careful about their purpose in crossing the border.
For those trying to cross into the United States, admitting to past drug use, much less future use, can be grounds to deny you entry into the United States.
While business in Colorado got started at the first of the year, only since last week do those in Washington state now have that option.
U.S. border guards will understandably be more on the lookout for those from Canada wanting to cross into Washington state.
While you should never lie to a border guard, omission, well … .
The best way is to have a reason to cross other than marijuana. Shopping for Twinkies is a legitimate reason, but would easily be construed as a byproduct of a pot visit.
Washington state has a few more roadblocks in its system, and early sales will be affected by a lack of legal product. So some from British Columbia might find it easier to stay home, even if marijuana is far less legal at home.
For those Canadians who do go for it, be smart and humble. And if you are an American who is going to Washington state for a marijuana vacation, enjoy responsibly. And come visit Canada as part of your trip. Seeing the beauty of British Columbia may blow your mind, even if you aren't high.