Going to Canada? Check your past

Planning a trip?

From The San Francisco Chronicle:

There was a time not long ago when a trip across the border from the United States to Canada was accomplished with a wink and a wave of a driver’s license. Those days are over.

Take the case of 55-year-old Lake Tahoe resident Greg Felsch. Stopped at the border in Vancouver this month at the start of a planned five-day ski trip, he was sent back to the United States because of a DUI conviction seven years ago. Not that he had any idea what was going on when he was told at customs: “Your next stop is immigration.”

Felsch was ushered into a room. “There must have been 75 people in line,” he says. “We were there for three hours. One woman was in tears. A guy was sent back for having a medical marijuana card. I felt like a felon with an ankle bracelet.”

Or ask the well-to-do East Bay couple who flew to British Columbia this month for an eight-day ski vacation at the famed Whistler Chateau, where rooms run to $500 a night. They’d made the trip many times, but were surprised at the border to be told that the husband would have to report to “secondary” immigration.

There, in a room he estimates was filled with 60 other concerned travelers, he was told he was “a person who was inadmissible to Canada.” The problem? A conviction for marijuana possession.

It seems Canada understand border security, how about you?

3 Responses

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  2. I lived in Canada, in Vancouver for about a year. I remember that on Pender street there were several “Amsterdam Style” coffee houses. I mean, they weren’t selling pot, but it was allowed that people could bring their own and smoke there. It sounds to me as if Canada is trying to cut back on this. Probably for the better. Or, you know, could just be Anti-Americanism in action.

  3. More power to them. Do wish they’d chuck our US military’s AWOLs back across the border though.

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