Will your cannabis credit card purchases be visible to U.S. border officials? (Some might, some won't.)

Posted
September 20, 2018
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Global News

Legalizing cannabis is a complicated business with lots of moving parts.

The question of how a credit card marijuana purchase will appear on your statement would seem not to make a list of the top 50 issues.

And it wouldn't, except for two awkward facts:

U.S. law allows border officials to ban Canadians for life from their country for using marijuana in this country, even when it's legal here. (A senior official confirmed last week that they are willing to do this in practice.)

And credit card data can be stored in the United States, where it's an open book to U.S. authorities, who don't need a warrant to access it if it belongs to non-Americans. (The privacy agreements of all five of the big banks warn that customers' financial data can be stored outside Canada, and be subject to the laws of the country it's stored in.) Armed with credit card data that clearly showed a cannabis purchase, a U.S. border guard could quickly put a Canadian in an impossible position — admit to marijuana use and be banned for that, or deny it and be banned for lying.

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