Pro-pot ex-reporter detained at Canadian customs for ‘marijuana residue’
Pot-activist Charlo Greene says her reputation is what led her to be detained at customs when trying to enter British Columbia on Thursday.
Greene, a former TV journalist, made headlines in Sept. 2014 after a surprising outburst on live TV where she quit her job to bring awareness to marijuana use in Alaska.
In a statement on Facebook, she said she was “immediately recognized as the ‘f**k it, I quit weed lady’ by customs agents.”
Greene told Global News in an email the agents detained her from 9 p.m. Wednesday night to 6 a.m. Thursday on “suspicion of smuggling marijuana residue,” before she was sent back to Los Angeles, where she posted a video online detailing the experience on Friday.
In the video posted to Facebook, she said she loves Canada and had no trouble entering the country when she went to Toronto just last month.
“This whole experience was just really disappointing,” she said in the video.
The marijuana residue referred to was “just crumbs on a black sock at the bottom of her purse,” she clarified.
She also claimed her travel companion was “searched and detained and handcuffed” for wearing a hat with a marijuana leaf on it.
She was heading to Vancouver to promote her company Go Greene, an organization promoting cultural diversity in cannabis.
Canadian Border Services has not yet replied to a request for information.
Greene promises she’ll be back in Canada but next time she’ll prepare for a very thorough customs check.
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