Putting weed on plastic probably feels pretty cool and progressive. Unfortunately, it can also be very compromising.
According to Canada’s privacy watchdog, leaving a payment trail for something that remains banned in most of the world can make your life unnecessarily difficult.
“Cannabis is illegal in most jurisdictions outside of Canada. The personal information of cannabis users is therefore very sensitive,” said Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien.
“Some countries may deny entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis, even lawfully.”
The solution, according to privacy experts, is to buy your marijuana drugs with cash, like you did out back in the pines in high school. Except not literally there, because that’s exactly what the government wants to avoid with the whole legalization thing. There’s a pretty major obstacle, however. Many, if not most, Canadians purchase their goods online. For example, Ontario is still without a single retail location where you can buy pot over the counter. Also, people generally don’t have cash anymore.
“Private organizations are required by law to develop policies and practices to meet their responsibilities under the (law),” said Therrien.
Stories have already emerged of Canadians being banned for life from entering the United States after admitting to (legally) participating in weed stuff. Be careful out there.