NCIA supports the reform of U.S. Customs practices that unnecessarily harm American businesses by obstructing imports of legal products that contain no cannabis but are used in state-licensed cannabis cultivation, production, or retail centers. Federal marijuana prohibition already puts the United States at a competitive disadvantage in the global cannabis marketplace as countries like Canada and Israel have enacted modern marijuana laws. It makes no sense to worsen the problem by prohibiting the importation of cultivation equipment, safe consumption devices, and other legal products.
There is no legal basis for seizures of cannabis-related products at the border. The federal paraphernalia statute already includes a provision exempting activity that is authorized under state law. For more on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection has occasionally ignored that exemption, see “The Little-Known — and Critical — Exemption to Federal Paraphernalia Laws” by NCIA’s Policy Council.
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