Conservative Sen. Don Plett told a Senate committee Monday that he smoked marijuana 50 years ago and is now concerned he may be barred entry into the United States if a border agent asks.
The Manitoba senator made the admission as the government’s pot czar, Liberal MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, appeared at the Senate’s social affairs, science, and technology committee. The group is tasked with reviewing the government’s marijuana legalization bill, clause by clause.
“Hope you give us your phone number that we can call you from the border,” Plett said to Blair.
Plett brought up stories of Canadians — mostly those crossing the B.C.-Washington border — being slapped with lifetime bans from entering the U.S.after travellers admitted to smoking marijuana when U.S. border agents asked if they have ever used the drug.
“I have smoked marijuana when I was 18 years old,” Plett said. “And I may be asked that question.”
While the veteran Conservative encouraged Canadians to be truthful with U.S. law enforcement if the question is asked, Plett raised concerns about the practice expected to be more commonplace after marijuana is legalized.
He brought up the government’s warning to Canadians last month that travellers may be denied entry in a foreign country if they’ve used cannabis products — even under medical or legal reasons.