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Old 09-08-2016, 09:27 AM   #11
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Pot smokers turned away at U.S. border - CBC News | The National

Advice is to lie if asked if you have ever smoked pot.
Hi: gbaglo... Never smoked the stuff, but have been steamed by some of the questions asked by Border Security Officers. OTOH a funny one happened on our way home. "What was the purpose of your Vacation"? Add best Jack Benny impresion here. Alf
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:39 AM   #12
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In going either direction across the borders, there seems to be a huge discrepancy in what questions are asked or what you are asked to open. Loren
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:48 AM   #13
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Just have a grin like "a mule eatin' briers". They'll ask something related to your expression. Your answer: "Look what I'm towin!"
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:56 AM   #14
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Does your Escape trailer get you any brownie points when heading north? Loren
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In going either direction across the borders, there seems to be a huge discrepancy in what questions are asked or what you are asked to open. Loren
I think the Canadian side is very consistent. The American side? Never know what you'll get. They say that's on purpose to prevent "predictability" and create randomness in border security screening procedures. I say it's because some of them aren't as good at their jobs.

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Old 09-08-2016, 02:06 PM   #17
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I still like the Canadian guard that let me know she could see we had just renewed our passports and suggested that we sign them before heading South.
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It's interesting, when croissant Canada going to Alf's rally in Niagara Falls, they just wave you thru the gates, no stopping, no passports. Returning to US there are always lines. Seems like the Canadians are glad to see us and the US wish we would not return.....
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Old 09-08-2016, 06:52 PM   #19
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I would venture to say that a large percentage of post WWII babies born in the USA regularly smoke weed or "tried" in when they were in high school or college. So therefore (forget that I am being political here), it seems to me that denying entry so that an individual has to apply and pay big bucks for a special entry permit is just another money grab ill conceived in Washington, D.C. Gotta renew your passport every 10 years. Last time I renewed it was $110. For what? Passports are not going to keep terrorists out. When I was younger living in NH, one could ride a snow machine across the unguarded border either way. It would be easy to sneak across the border if one wished to do so. Again, just another money grab whereby the government comes up with a somewhat bogus reason to confiscate as much money as it can from the citizenry.
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In the mid nineties we went camping in Glacier National Park. We decided to cross the border to Waterton and while in Canada I wanted to go to a nearby town to buy some Zyrtec as I was having allergy problems and it was an OTC drug in Canada, prescription only in USA. (I worked for Pfizer so I knew that.)

In the morning my wife, 8 year old twin boys and I drove to the border and I told the Canada border guard we were going to the nearby town and then to Waterton. She wanted to know why we were going to the town and not just to the park. I said we wanted to buy some groceries and then go to the park. She reminded me that we could buy groceries at Waterton and didn't need to go to the town.

I went to Arizona State University and had lived in Tempe for 8 years so I then gently reminded her that during the winter half of the population of her country lived in my state so why was she so concerned about us visiting a town in Canada. Bad call, we waited almost an hour for another girl to come out and dig thru every nook and cranny of my Toyota Camry. She kept asking if I had a gun. The good thing was that she cleaned out all the junk under my seats and in the trunk and with two little boys there was a lot.
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