Article by CTV Vancouver
A Surrey, B.C. man has been barred from entering the U.S. after confessing to border officers he had smoked marijuana recreationally – something that is legal in Washington State.
Ted Gilliat, 46, often goes to Point Roberts, Washington with his two young daughters to visit his in-laws. He was headed down on Aug. 21 for a family picnic when he was pulled aside by border personnel and interrogated for more than four hours.
Eventually he was asked if he had ever used or knowingly possessed marijuana, and said yes – a confession that led to being barred from entering the U.S.
“I should have lied,” said Gilliat. “I don’t understand how they can do this… I’m a good, easy going, honest guy.”