Canadian Company Secures L.A. License; Others Get A Lifetime Ban

Alternate Health will begin operations at a 5,000 square foot location in Los Angeles

On January 18, Alternate Health Corp, based in Toronto, Canada, announced that it had secured state licenses for the manufacturing and distribution of cannabis at its facility in Los Angeles. The company already holds licenses in Humboldt County, California.

Alternate Health describes itself as an “international cannabis company, focusing on technology and value-added services.” Naturally, CEO Howard Mann was thrilled. “This is a tremendously exciting accomplishment for Alternate Health and solidifies our position in California’s highly lucrative commercial cannabis market,” he said “Los Angeles is one of the most valuable markets in the cannabis industry and our facility is ideally located to manufacture and distribute top-quality cannabis products.”

Alternate Health will begin operations at a 5,000 square foot location in Los Angeles, where it plans to produce and distribute its new line of flavored cannabis extract products—the Bionic Bee brand. Its Humboldt County facilities house its cultivation and extraction operations

That may be good news for Alternate Health, but other investors have suffered a decidedly different fate when their plans to invest in the American cannabis industry were discovered by U.S. Customs. In July, a Canadian businessman was denied entry into the U.S. because it was determined that his investments in U.S. marijuana companies made him ineligible to enter.

Sam Znaimer, a resident of Vancouver in British Columbia, says he’s been investing in numerous business ventures for more than 30 years, including marijuana companies. He has also made numerous media appearances to discuss cannabis. When he attempted to enter the U.S. while on vacation, he was detained for more than four hours. An investigation of his business dealings was undertaken. When it was concluded, he was informed that he was receiving a lifetime, permanent ban from entering the U.S. for “aiding and abetting the U.S. marijuana industry,” according to Len Saunders, an immigration attorney based in Blaine, WA.

This is not the first instance of denied entry because of investments in the American cannabis industry. Saunders reports hearing of approximately a dozen similar cases.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection office released this statement: “Determinations about admissibility are made on a case-by-case basis by an officer based on the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time,” the statement said.

In the meantime, Znaimer warns fellow Canadians to think twice about crossing the border if they have ties to marijuana businesses in the U.S.

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