Upcoming changes to Canada’s marijuana laws will soon allow Canadians across the country to legally purchase marijuana for recreational purposes. But experts warn that this could affect one’s ease of travel across international borders, particularly when journeying south to the U.S.
Those who buy legal recreational marijuana at licensed stores or online using credit cards will start to accumulate marijuana transaction histories, as organizations begin to collect consumer data. If such information reaches U.S. border officials, it could have lasting consequences for those individuals, including being banned from the U.S. for life.
According to lawyers, U.S. border officers have the authority to ban individuals they determine as “drug abusers,” or those who lie about their marijuana use. A Canadian’s marijuana transaction data could therefore be used against the individual at the border, as non-U.S. persons are only protected under Canada’s Charter and not under America’s Fourth Amendment.
In terms of data privacy, Canada’s five major banks warn that an individual’s financial information can be stored outside of the Canada and are subject