Do you know how hard it is to get into a communist country like North Korea? How about the former Soviet Union, back during the Cold War? How about getting into Cuba (as an American, of course)? I traveled to Germany back in the late eighties when there was still an “East Germany”. I couldn’t get in. You should have seen the soldiers with big AK’s patrolling “he wall”, it was scary.
This is the story of the United States government being a big bully. This is the story of a government that could use a few extra tourist dollars, and yet it refuses such tourist dollars for no good reason. We begin with fantasy football. Four million fantasy football fans competed this football season for Bud Light’s top prize, a trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
And guess what, a northern brother from Canada won the trip. Can you imagine the excitement? I don’t think you can. Canadian Myles Wilkenson won the trip. As expected, he packed his bags and headed to New Orleans. Unfortunately, the United States government didn’t let him in the country. Why? Was he on our “no fly list” like Senator Ted Kennedy? What could possibly keep a Canadian citizen from entering our country to spend money?
Weed. Now, I’ve had some clients caught trafficking a tractor trailer full of weed–and if you’re such a person–I can understand why some countries would not want you coming to visit, given your proclivity to deal in massive amounts of controlled substances. But Mr. Wilkenson was not that guy. His possession of marijuana charge dated back to 1981. That’s right, 1981, more than 30 years ago. And, he wasn’t caught with a truckload of weed. He had two grams, that’s it. He paid a $50 fine, that’s it. But our government denied him entry into the country. Wow. Sorry New Orleans, we know you could use a few tourist dollars, but anyone who’s paid a $50 fine for a weed charge is not of the good moral character that should be permitted to party on Bourbon Street.