Canadian Wins Super Bowl Trip, US Won't Let Him In
Myles Wilkinson was caught with 2 grams of pot in 1981
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 3:23 AM CST
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are barred from the US because of minor marijuana busts.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

(Newser) – Myles Wilkinson is one unlucky contest winner. The British Columbia man beat nearly 4 million other fantasy football players to win an all-expenses trip to the Super Bowl, only to be turned back because of a decades-old pot conviction, the CBC reports. American customs agents told Wilkinson he was barred from the US because of his 1981 marijuana possession, when he was busted with two grams and paid a $50 fine.

"I can't believe that this is happening, for something that happened 32 years ago," says Wilkinson, who was 19 when he was arrested. Pro-legalization campaigners in Canada say this is a common story, as hundreds of thousands of Canadians are banned for life from entering the US because of criminal records for possessing small amounts of cannabis. Small consolation: Contest sponsor Bud Light invited Wilkinson to attend its Super Bowl party in Vancouver.

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Feb 4, 2013 1:42 PM CST
shame on us!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 4, 2013 12:58 PM CST
I traveled to Montreal from the US several years ago for Spring break and had the same type of situation occur, but was let in. We were asked to pull over for a random search (4 college kids with a packed-up car is a prime target) before entering Canada. Car was clean (wait until you get across the border everything [mary jane] is cheaper and of better quality) but I was pulled into the back interrogation room by a French-Canadian Border/Customs agent. Why? A year prior I was arrested for simple possession under 50 grams in the states but in the most innocent manner. With friends relaxing after an exam before sleep yet I happened to have the mary j cig in my mouth when the Law turned the corner...anyway back to my story.. The Canadian customs agent mentioned how they do not allow certain people in if your law conviction matches or outweights their own. Once I explained the story behind my arrest & attached penalty (received conditional discharge and yr probation) mr. french canadian agent merely laughed and asked quite sincerely; "they really arrest you for that in America?...have a nice day you are free to enter."
Feb 4, 2013 11:53 AM CST
I don't smoke it but pot should be legalized in the U.S. Stop waisting tax payer money trying to stop it from being used.