If you pay for the purchase of cannabis, with your credit card, know that the data of the transaction could be scrutinized by the US government, thanks to the Patriot Act (voted shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001).
Why would the US government be snooping Canadian legal purchases? Well, the servers of the Visa and MasterCard companies are almost all located in the United States. Since cannabis is a prohibited drug in the United States, the US government could ban you for life if it found you bought pot or derivatives at the Quebec Cannabis Society (or elsewhere in the country), because you paid with your credit card or smartphone using RFID technology.
In other words, the American credit companies like Visa and MasterCard can identify transactions that are considered illegal in the US, and “flag” the people to the customs authorities. This means that when the customs officer takes the passport for the “scanner”, or when we “scan” ourselves at the airport, this is where it will appear on the screen of the customs officer.
The same goes for social media. If you post a photo of yourself on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, etc. with pot or derivatives or say that you consume in a post, the US government will know about it.
Do you work legally for a cannabis company or for the new crown corporation? Under US law, you participate in the illegal trafficking of a banned substance. Ridiculous. Yes. Absolutely. Unfortunately, it true.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the new version of NAFTA provides that it will be prohibited, by law or by contract, to force the centralization of data in servers based in Canada to escape the US authorities!