U.S. officials are reminding travelers that it remains illegal to bring marijuana into the United States at border crossings despite the legalization of the drug in Canada.
On Wednesday, Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.
Big crowds lined up at 17 licensed marijuana stores in Alberta, Canada for the start of legal sales.
Josh Harnack was one of the first customers at one of three shops that the retail chain Fire and Flower opened in Edmonton on Wednesday. The 24-year-old said that by midday the line was taking about two hours and that a lot of customers were taking their time once they made it inside so they could savor the historic moment.
Fire and Flower Chief Executive Trevor Fencott brought his wife and three children for the opening. Even though the children — ages 16, 13 and 6 — were too young to go in the store, Fencott said he wanted them to witness the sea-change in policy.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection representative Christopher Perry says the implementation of the new Canadian law on Wednesday thus far has had little effect on the flow of traffic along the border.
Perry, CBP’s director of field operations in Michigan, talked to reporters at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario.
According to Perry, U.S. border agents are asking the same kinds of questions of travelers that they did prior to the change in Canadian law, adding that agents generally will not ask routine questions about marijuana use.