CANNABIS CULTURE – US pot activist Charlo Greene – known for quitting her job as a CBS new correspondent on air – was detained by Canadian Customs last night and rejected from entering the country for a second time.
Greene, who was planing to host the Canadian Cannabis Diversity Summit at the Cannabis Culture Lounge in Vancouver, was held at the border last night and sent back on the first plane home.
“After spending several hours in customs, I was told that I am inadmissible to Canada due to my open cannabis court case in Alaska,” Greene told Cannabis Culture. “Even though my trial hasn’t started, officers say I’m considered a guilty cannabis felon by customs and will be banned until I can provide court documents proving my innocence.”
Greene has been an advocate of legalizing marijuana at home an abroad and a supporter of the marijuana dispensary model. Her advocacy gained national spotlight when a video clip of her quitting her job on air went viral online.
Greene’s own marijuana dispensary in Alaska was raided by police last year.
“It’s ridiculous that I’ve been banned from a country that has pledged to legalize cannabis – because of cannabis. I’m disappointed that the people we planned on engaging and educating at the Canadian Cannabis Diversity Summit Presented by Crop King Seeds will have to miss out on this groundbreaking event due to outdated border policy.”
Greene was detained in at the border in February, 2016 after authorities claimed she had “marijuana residue” in her purse.
The Canadian Cannabis Diversity Summit – Presented by Crop King Seeds – was scheduled to take place Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Cannabis Culture Lounge in Vancouver. It would have brought together cannabis advocates, industry leaders and community members from diverse backgrounds for a free evening of education, networking and empowerment.
The issue of marijuana and border crossing has been in the press in recent weeks in Canada, with critics saying the system of rejecting people for pot is unfair as governments move toward legalization.
Even Liberal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CBC the it is a “ridiculous situation” to ban Canadians from the US over marijuana. Watch the video below.