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CBSA reminds travelers to leave the weed at home, be prepared for border waits this long weekend

Last Updated Sep 1, 2018 at 6:05 pm PDT

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At some Lower Mainland crossing, wait is already an hour

U.S. Customs and Border Protection suggests going east to cut down wait times

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Be prepared to wait if you’re planning to cross the border, but leave your weed and lemons at home.

Wait times at Peace Arch and the Pacific Highway crossing have already reached an hour and Chief Renee Archer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection advises to have your travel documents ready.

She also says you must know the rules surrounding what you can bring across and cannabis is not one of those things. It still federally illegal in the U.S. even though it is allowed in some individual states.

“I’d hate to see people get put in a jam because they thought that marijuana was OK to bring in, so just make sure you’re leaving that at home,” says Archer says.

“Food is also another significant item that you want to make sure you declare everything and ideally know what’s admissible prior to bringing to the port. Things like citrus are never able to come into the U.S., even if they left the U.S.”

If you want to cut down on your wait times this weekend, Archer says to go further east to Sumas or the Lynden crossing, where waiting tends to be shorter.

She recommends crossing off peak times like early in the morning between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m., but she adds while wait times will sometimes drop off by afternoon, they often do continue into the evening.

You can find the most current wait times on Metro Vancouver border crossing on the Customs and Border Protection website.