While reading my newspaper today, I saw a headline“Decades-old Pot Charge Keeps Fan from Super Bowl“. The Super Bowl fan beat nearly 4 million people to win the grand prize of a trip to the Super Bowl. A Toronto, Ontario customs official blocked the BC resident from crossing the border due to a 32 year old conviction for possession of less than 2 grams of cannabis.
Any kind of possession conviction means a lifetime ban on crossing the US border. The guy believes that shouldn’t stop him from entering the US. Also, he stated that he had crossed into the states a few times since 9/11 and only this time he was stopped, so some consistency with regard to border officials would have been helpful.
Unfortunately rules are rules, and he should have thought about that BEFORE committing the crime. He is also hoping that this will be a lesson for young people to think before doing something, as consequences can have a long shelf life.
On a nice note, upon hearing of his ordeal, the NFL invited him to an official Super Bowl party at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom, where former Seattle Seahawk Shaun Alexander greeted him with an autographed football on Sunday.