Scott Railton’s Publications and Press on Marijuana and Immigration


Testimony Before Proceedings of Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on
National Security and Defence (Canada’s Parliament) on April 16, 2018.



Canada Global News – Cain, P. (2020, February 20) Canadians Can Lose Nexus Passes Over Legal Cannabis Use in Canada: U.S. Document


Canada Global News – Cain, P. (2019, July 31st) Pardons Aren’t Supposed to Be Visible at the U.S. Border.  Here’s Why They Often Are.

DATAC (2019, Sept. 17) Cannabis Pardon May Make Things Worse


Slate – Hewitt, E. (2018, November 08). The Thin Green Line

North Shore News – Ligaya, A. (2018, October 25). Pot industry players weigh benefits of cross-border travel after latest U.S. statement.

The Global News – Canada – Cain, P. (2018, October 16). Will legal cannabis users be able to cross the U.S. border? ‘It’s anyone’s guess,’ lawyer says.

Global News – Canada – Cain, P. (2018, October 15). Your legal pot buying data could get you banned from the U.S., lawyers warn.

Canada Global News – Cain, P. (2018, October 15). Non-Americans barred from U.S. for smoking pot – even in states where it’s legal.

The Star Vancouver – Grauer, P. (2018, September 26). U.S. congressman’s bid to lift lifetime bans on Canadian cannabis workers hinges on mid-terms, say policy experts.

Market Watch – Owens, J. C. (2018, September 18). For Canadian marijuana investors, coming to U.S. is a ‘crapshoot’ that can end in lifetime ban.

Legal Reader – Farrick, R. J. (2018, September 16). U.S. Customs Says Canadians Working in Marijuana Industry Are Inadmissible.

The Leaf Cannabis News – PM, P. 0. (2018, September 14). Can Canadian cannabis workers safely cross the U.S. border, or not?

Winnipeg Free Press – Solomon, I. (2018, August 31). Crossing the line.

Vancouver Sun – Penner, D. (2018, July 26). Canadians run afoul of U.S. law over interests in American cannabis producers.

Bloomberg News. (2018, July 24). Canadian executives transferring to U.S. face losing visa perk – BNN Bloomberg.

The London Free Press – Files, J. V. (2018, July 24). Canadian executives transferring to U.S. risk losing visa perk in Trump crackdown on immigration.

Windsor Star Battagello, D.. (2018, May 30). Windsor mayor fears border woes once cannabis legal.

The Globe and Mail – Canada – Keller, J. (2018, May 11). Memo to Canadian ‘pot tourists’ to U.S.: Be careful what you say at the border.

Global News – Canada – Connolly, A. (2018, May 10). Crossing the border? Try your best to avoid questions about pot, Goodale suggests.

Canada Global News – Scotti, M. (2018, April 17). Expect border delays when pot is legal: Windsor mayor.

Cannabis Law Report (2018, February 21). US Border Control: Non USA Citizens Answering Yes To Having Smoked Cannabis Can Get Life Ban For Entering USA.

Global News Canada – Cain, P. (2018, February 09). You probably can’t work in cannabis in the U.S., even in legal states. Here’s why.


CBC News – Bronskill, J. (2017, September 21). Baloney Meter: Getting turned away at the U.S. border when pot is legal | CBC News.

Men’s Journal – Warner, J. (2017, May 23). Inside the Marijuana Showdown at the Canadian Border.

Bellingham Herald – Wohlfeil, S. (2017, January 30). He got his green card last week, but now might not be able to see his parents for years.


Canada Global News – Cain, P. (2018, October 15). Pot use after it’s legalized in Canada could still get you barred from U.S., lawyer warns.

Vice News – Hoffman, M. (2016, May 03). When Immigrants Are Deported for Smoking Weed.


Globe & Mail Canada – Keller, J. (2013, November 25) Memo to the Canadian “Pot Tourists” to the U.S.: Be Careful What You Say At The Border.

Authored by Scott:

Cannabis and Immigration, 32nd Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook (2019)

Current CBP Issues at the Pacific Northwest Border, American Immigration Lawyers Association Regional Conference (2019)

Canada’s Cannabis Act, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2018)

Marijuana and Immigration, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 11  (June 1, 2018)

Department of State Consular Processing Update, American Immigration Lawyers Association Northwest Regional Conference (2018)

Admissibility and Marijuana,  American Immigration Lawyers Association NW Regional Conference (2017)

Marijuana and Immigration, American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring 2017)

Admissibility and Marijuana,  American Immigration Lawyers Association NW Regional Conference (2016)

But I Didn’t Inhale: Immigration and State Legalization of Marijuana, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015 Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases (2015)

Nonimmigrant Waivers, American Immigration Lawyers Association NW Regional Conference (2015)

Advising Clients On Crossing A Land Border of the Northern United States, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2014)

Immigration and the Legalization of Marijuana,  Washington State Bar Association NW Sidebar (2014)

The Border, Waivers, and Marijuana, Crimmigration 101, Washington Defender Association-CCBL Seminar (2014)

Getting Admitted to the United States, Chapter 3 of Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars and Sponsors (2012)

Border Blues: Current Issues and Trends at the Canadian Border, Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases (AILA) (2012)

The Effect of a Canadian Criminal Proceeding on Ability to Enter the United States, Civil Law for Criminal Lawyers, Law Society of British Columbia (2012)

The Federal First Offender Act Exception, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (2010)

The Dillingham Inadmissibility Exception, American Immigration Lawyers Association NW Regional Immigration Law Conference (2008)