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  • #754140 Reply

    Chaz

    What’s a fella ta do?

    In case you missed the news, if a U.S. border guard asks if you have ever smoked marijuana, do not admit that you have.

    This ought to help to keep a whole lot of Canadians in Canada.

    If you say yes, they can stop you from entering the U.S..

    If you lie and get caught in the lie, they can stop you from entering the U.S.

    The article I read said you could be banned for life.

    If you are a Canadian, you can’t plead the fifth and refusing to answer by citing the Canada Evidence Act isn’t going to work either.

    Some Canucks might be boycotting the U.S. whether they want to or not. Love it.

    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #754154 Reply

    sisco farraro

    I thought the standard response was the one George “dub-ya” Bush provided when asked the same question a number of years ago – “Yes, I smoked it once but never exhaled”.

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    #754159 Reply

    The Voter

    I thought that was Bill Clinton and he said he hadn’t inhaled? Either way, as soon as you say “Yes” it doesn’t matter what the “… but …” part is – you just admitted to the wicked crime of smoking the evil weed.
    If you were ever charged and convicted, the border guards can pull up your record so denial isn’t an option. I’m not sure if getting a pardon would make any difference since their standard is whether you’ve smoked it, not whether you’ve been caught.

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    #754167 Reply

    sisco farraro

    Voter. Which president it was or wasn’t is irrelevant. The exhaled part is my own personal joke on the remark he/whoever made.

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    #754191 Reply

    Chaz

    sisco,
    I understood your “never exhaled” bit and I laughed. Good one.

    And, I think there has been more than one person admit to “being in the room when the joint was being passed but I never inhaled any ’cause that would have been illegal.” (the secondary buzz was pretty good though)
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #754196 Reply

    Ron Benn

    One possible course of action would be to continue to abstain from cannabis use, irrespective of its legal status. That way you will not find yourself in a quandry as to how to answer the questions of the U.S. Border Service.

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    #754202 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Ron:

    Good point.

    Pot isn’t a part of my life so that question is easy to answer.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #754231 Reply

    sisco farraro

    Ron, Ken. You can always tell the border guard: “Thanks for asking. Never smoked it. By the way, I have some cookies in the trunk that my mom made. Would you like one?”

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    #754241 Reply

    Chaz

    I had to check two things out.
    First – I did say “have ever smoked” in my original topic.
    Second – I had to find my reference. Global News Sept 22/17 :
    ” I recently saw somebody who admitted to using marijuana in their late teens, and they are middle-age now. They don’t have a conviction, but that was enough to create a basis for inadmissibility”

    The key point is that many current non-users could be asked if they ever used marijuana or might answer by saying I did back in the 70’s and it is banned you could be.

    How honestly you answer a border guard’s innocent question could ruin your trip.
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #754240 Reply

    Chaz

    I’m not trying to be too critical here Ken but you said it’s not part of your life. That’s not quite the same as saying I never tried it.
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #754248 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Chaz:

    What I have done in my life and what I will do are my business alone.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #754250 Reply

    Chaz

    Ken,
    I agree with your last statement but try saying that to a U.S. Border Guard. You may not get a chuckle out of him. lol
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #754251 Reply

    sisco farraro

    Chaz, Ken, et al. As an alternative you could also look the guard straight in the eye and lie. If interrogated later you could always say “I learned that technique from the people working at city hall”.

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    #754392 Reply

    The Voter

    I think you’d have a stronger case saying you learned it from the current occupant of the White House although that would probably get you booted from the border faster and more permanently than just admitting you smoked pot.
    By the way, you can get banned by admitting to smoking it in one of the US states, such as Colorado, where it’s legal.

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    #754408 Reply

    Chaz

    To the Voter,
    Yes you can get banned, even if you smoked it in Canada or a state where they ignore the Federal law.
    Border Guards are Federal Agents and maryjane is illegal in the whole of the U.S.A. The article I referenced makes a point of the fact that the Federal Law is what gets you banned.

    The DEA can charge anyone , at any time, in the whole of the U.S.A. if they wanted to; they do not at this time go after charges because of the current practice not because of the current law. At this time they just do not actively go after people in the States that have kind-of , so-called legalized it.

    So, a State where it is legal can not charge you but the Federal Agents can.
    skoal,
    Chaz

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