Digital Purchasing of Cannabis Can Leave a Sticky Trail for Border Officials


The globalization of data worldwide has become one of the fastest growing advantages of our global connectivity. The ability to access, exchange, and control global information has been groundbreaking for many industries and everyday people. But what happens when agencies start to use this information against cannabis consumers?

Upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada has put U.S. border officials into a frenzy.

There have already been plenty reports of Canadians denied entry in the United States based on some form of association to cannabis investments or employment.

Whether you are working in the industry or just a consumer of cannabis products or investments, you may be subject to refusal into Canada’s neighboring country.  Considering the Canadian Securities Exchange has a habit of sharing investor information, it’s not a long shot for a border official to locate your investments relatively easily.

Recent information from Washington explains that the Fourth Amendment does not protect Canadians. As seen by the U.S. border agency, no constitution protects Canadian citizens data from examination. So, what information is accessible to U.S. boarder agents?

Circulating news has mentioned such things as credit card purchases, home address from mailing services, and general registration information may be data available to border agencies. The consequence of this matter could vary, stemming from temporary bans, all the way up to a lifetime ban.

Major credit card companies like Visa, MasterCard and CIBC have stated within their privacy agreements that customers’ financial data can be stored outside of Canada, and may be subject to the law of the country it is stored in. As they say, cash is king, and perhaps more remotely secure for these types of purchases.