I think I may be in trouble with the US government

Im going to elaborate much, but a few months back I was arrested at the canada/usa border for possesion of a controlled substance. I did a few nights in jail, went to court, paid my fine and they issued me a 5 year ban from entering the states. They also put me on probation for a year and told me I had to had to talk with an addictions consultant to prove that I was not addicted to any kind of drugs. This had to be done within 61 days of my release.

Problem is that I never had this done within the 61 days like I was supposed to. Am I going to get a criminal record because of this? Im sure I already have one for the pot possesion, but will this affect me when I want to travel overseas? Keep in mind that im happy never returning to the USA.

The USA is the most anal-retentive country in the world (except maybe Iran) when it comes to marijuana. They’re not going to care.

As for coming here again, you’ll be fine once the statute of limitations expires on your failure to seek therapy.

5 year ban from entering the states

I doubt its JUST 5 years, border guards have separate records, and even if pardoned they don’t remove that record… I doubt you will ever beable to cross into the United States ever again.
Fuck the US government. If you don’t come here, no worries. As to your legal problems in Canada… call an attorney.
Posession of a plant? What were you thinking? Instead you should have bombed the crap out of Afghanistan and increased opium production by umpteen percent. That’s how you get into the "good" books.

What legal problems in canada? I’ve been busted 4 times with weed in canada. They just put me in the car, take my weed, search the car briefly, then let me go.

This experience has taught me how much the USA cares about drug control as opposed to how canada cares. Here, we don’t care if you have a small amount, the gov’t only wants to go after growers, dealers, etc. And we do a good job of it sometimes. However in the states, I cross with a small amount, they transport me in gas guzzling gov’t suv’s to the country jail and feed me while im there, for free. I just don’t get it. How much does the usa care about pot possesion? Im only scared because a maximim sentence for this can be 2 years in jail and I don’t want them coming after me, but at the same time, I really just don’t care to clean up my american criminal record.
If you like Canada, you should try England sometime. If the cops see you smoking a joint, all they can do is make you put it out on the sidewalk.

What legal problems in canada? I’ve been busted 4 times with weed in canada. They just put me in the car, take my weed, search the car briefly, then let me go.

This experience has taught me how much the USA cares about drug control as opposed to how canada cares. Here, we don’t care if you have a small amount, the gov’t only wants to go after growers, dealers, etc. And we do a good job of it sometimes. However in the states, I cross with a small amount, they transport me in gas guzzling gov’t suv’s to the country jail and feed me while im there, for free. I just don’t get it. How much does the usa care about pot possesion? Im only scared because a maximim sentence for this can be 2 years in jail and I don’t want them coming after me, but at the same time, I really just don’t care to clean up my american criminal record.

You think Canada would allow extradition? You think the US would attempt to extradite you?

over this incident? I would believe not….?
So you have no legal problems in Canada. You’re not concerned about extradition. You have no intention to return to the United States. And you do not believe that you have a substance abuse problem.

What exactly then are you concerned about?

So you have no legal problems in Canada. You’re not concerned about extradition. You have no intention to return to the United States. And you do not believe that you have a substance abuse problem.

What exactly then are you concerned about?

I think he’s concerned about having a criminal record pop up should he want to travel abroad.

If he’ws ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in Canada he may be denied entry to other countries aside from the USA. He already knows he won’t be allowed entry into the USA and clearly the OP is not worried about that.

To the OP: have you been tried and convicted of any crime? And yes, possession of weed is technically a crime in Canada even if most of the cops here don’t give two shits about it.

I think he’s concerned about having a criminal record pop up should he want to travel abroad.

If he’ws ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in Canada he may be denied entry to other countries aside from the USA. He already knows he won’t be allowed entry into the USA and clearly the OP is not worried about that.

To the OP: have you been tried and convicted of any crime? And yes, possession of weed is technically a crime in Canada even if most of the cops here don’t give two shits about it.

Sorry, thread update:

Ive been convicted of pot possession in Canada. But I think the judge was trying to scare me by saying it. This happened about 8 months ago here in Canada and last week I got a criminal record check and its clean on all 4 counts. Nothing to report at all. So based on this I can get my visa and travel freely. Or so im told by a lawyer. So I think its all good.

As for the USA, yea, who knows. I don’t hate USA or its people. I just hate it’s gov’t and its policies. Enough so that I never want to return. My lawyer told me that no one in the US administration will care enough about my charge to pursue it.
thanks for the awesome advice. But I hardly consider marijuana a drug.

It doesn’t matter what you consider it. All that matters is what the government considers it.

the law differs with your views on that and considers marijuana a drug. Wanna keep your nose clean? Don’t smoke it. Sorry.

The Rock says…

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!!
Fine enough. But fact is that I already got busted and whats done is done. Saying that to me now doesn’t help.

BTW, I no longer smoke marijuana but im sure it wont matter to the US gov’t. Perhaps I could talk to a lawyer to see if I can get the counseling now and return to the US later. But I will see what the future holds for me

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