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dateline: 19 September 2018

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Canadians May Be Denied US Entry for Legal Pot Use

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • pot: an informal name for marijuana
  • legalize: to make a law that allows something
  • ban: the act of no longer allowing something
  • cannabis: marijuana; a hemp plant
  • federally: relating to the whole nation
  • deny: to prevent access
  • shares: ownership claims in a company (to share the profits and losses)

Canadians Could Be Denied US Entry for Legal Pot Use

As Canada prepares to legalize recreational cannabis this October, US border warn of potential border crossing problems and even lifetime bans. A senior border official for US Customs warned that using and investing in the cannabis industry is federally illegal in the US even though several US states have already legalized recreational and marijuana use. Because of this, who admit to using cannabis or working in the could be denied entry and even banned from travelling or investing in the US for life. Shares in the Canadian cannabis industry fell shortly after this news broke. When asked to comment, Canada’s prime minister defended the US right to police their borders as they see .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What major law is changing in Canada next month?
  2. How might Canada’s new law affect travellers to the US?
  3. What is Canada’s prime minister’s opinion on the potential US-Canada border problem?

Discussion Questions

Do you think people should be denied entry into the US for use or investment in marijuana? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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