Super Bowl Contest Winner Denied Entry To U.S.

A Vancouver Island man who won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans has been refused entry into the U.S. because of a marijuana possession conviction dating back to 1981.

Victoria resident Myles Wilkinson won the trip in a fantasy football league contest, competing against nearly four million other players for the chance to attend the National Football League championship, featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.

But when he got to Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, U.S. customs agents learned of a marijuana possession conviction in Vancouver in 1981 and told him he was not allowed to enter the country.

“I had two grams of cannabis. I paid a $50 fine,” Wilkinson told CBC news.

Wilkinson said he was 19 when he was busted.

“I can’t believe that this is happening, for something that happened 32 years ago.”

– Read the entire article at CBC.

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