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Travel Advisory – Personal Use Marijuana - Border-Crossing Policies Remain Unchanged

Release Date: 
July 7, 2014

BLAINE, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reminding travelers crossing the border that possession of any amount of marijuana remains a violation under Federal law.

In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance and CBP’s enforcement of that Act remains unchanged irrespective of any changes in Washington State law.  Whether arriving or exiting the United States, seizure and civil monetary penalties remain in effect for possession of any amount of marijuana.

Foreign visitors who are found to have violated any Federal or State law or regulation relating to a controlled substance risk additional consequences and may be deemed inadmissible to the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and barred from entry.

The United States has been and continues to be a welcoming nation.  CBP is charged with securing our Nation’s borders and protecting the homeland while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and maintaining the effective flow of travel, trade and tourism at our airports, seaports and land borders.

CBP hopes you enjoy your summer travels, please visit the CBP website for additional information on how to become a “Ready Traveler” and avoid transporting contraband across the border.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017