Ross Rebagliati Fights U.S. Border Ban Stemming from Pot Use

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Admitting to marijuana use can cause complications at the U.S. border, no matter who you are.

That’s the lesson from immigration experts as Olympic snowboarding champion Ross Rebagliati battles an ongoing ban on travelling to Canada’s southern neighbour.

Rebagliati, an open pot user who runs a dispensary called Ross’ Gold in Kelowna, said he was last denied entry around four years ago because of his well-documented relationship with marijuana.

“They turned me around with my six-month-old baby and my wife and my dog,” he told CTV News.

The Olympian said they were trying to head down for a visit with his mother, who lives in California, over the winter. Rebagliati had been sent back before, but the family decided to chance it anyway.

“I had a feeling before I went down that there could be some complications,” he said. “[But] being that I don’t have a record and that it’s just my association to cannabis I felt like we’d have a good shot of getting through.”

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