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+ - 30+ year old minor drug charge keeps Canadian contest winner from Super Bowl-> 3

Submitted by davidwr
davidwr (791652) writes "It's not "your rights ONline" but a Canadian who won an all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans couldn't get past US Customs because he got busted with 2 grams of pot back in 1981, when he was 19 years old.

With Toronto and other Canadian cities having tech hubs, this "zero tolerance" is probably already having an impact on technology companies who have employees or contractors with ancient criminal records and who can't send them to US industry events."

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30+ year old minor drug charge keeps Canadian contest winner from Super Bowl

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  • My understanding is that Canada has similar zero-tolerance rules for foreign visitors too. I don't know if it is 9-11 overreaction or if they were doing this stuff before, but it certainly is ridiculous.

    • by davidwr (791652)

      It may be post-9/11 or it may be a reciprocity thing, but in the 1990s Europeans with certain felonies that would bar entry into the United States could get into Canada much easier.

      Then again, it could have been the crime itself. What is felony drug possession in the USA might have been a misdemeanor in Canada and not a bar to entry.

      Canada also has, or at least had, an internal policy whereby most felons could get a "pardon" and have their record sealed to the general public a few years after their sentenc

      • I learned about this about 10-15 years ago, and it was from someone who was familiar with the US visa rules and with the pardon rules as they were before 9/11.

        I did leave out an important point:
        Certain professional licensing authorities and presumably certain "sensitive job" employers would have the ability to flag people who had "sealed records" in certain situations. For example, a person who had such a "pardon" for a decades-old child molestation conviction could probably not get a teaching license in C

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