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Don't bring your pot near this Cat, you may get burnt by customs

The Cat ferry sailing in Yarmouth, N.S. harbour. TINA COMEAU
U.S. Customs is issuing a warning about bringing marijuana onboard the Cat ferry with legalization looming in Canada. - Tina Comeau

Want to get high and go on a trip? Count The Cat ferry out.

Although the Yarmouth to Maine ferry’s season ends nine days before Canada legalizes marijuana on Oct. 17, laws and regulations for entering the United States will be the same next season.

Non-U.S. citizens getting off The Cat who are determined to be a “drug abuser or addict, or who is convicted of, admits having committed or admits committing acts” will be inadmissible, said a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson.

“Determinations about admissibility and whether any regulatory or criminal enforcement is appropriate are made by a CBP officer based on the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time.”

Protocol at the border will remain the same despite Canada’s legalization, said the spokesperson. Possession, the sale of, production and distribution of marijuana or facilitation are illegal under U.S. federal law.

“U.S. federal law prohibits the importation of marijuana and CBP officers will continue to enforce that law. Consequently, crossing the border or arriving at a U.S. port of entry in violation of this law may result in denied admission, seizure, fines, and apprehension.”

Marijuana is legal to possess in Maine but it is illegal to smoke or ingest in public.

Portland spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said the city’s police department hadn’t made any preparations for legalization in Canada.

Operator Bay Ferries Ltd. declined to comment.

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