Starting on October 17 wide spread access to recreational pot use will make U.S. border agents very much on guard as to who they let in to the States from Canada. For people going into the U.S you will be denied entry if you admit to drug use. Currently, Marijuana use is legal in some of the United Sates, but it is not legal on a Federal level. You are considered inadmissible to the U.S. if you admit to using marijuana, even if you are going to a state where marijuana is a legal substance.
University professor and Canada-U.S. border expert, Emily Gilbert is expecting U.S. border officials to continue checking data on individuals’ laptops and mobile devices. However, U.S. border officials could start collecting data and building profiles on people’s marijuana use before they arrive at the border. Therefore, using your credit card to buy recreational cannabis could pose consequences at the U.S border. If a retailer uses the word “marijuana” or “cannabis” on your credit card statement, then it could potentially create a problem. Generally, transaction data collected could be credit card numbers, location, dates, merchant names or even the amount spent. If the merchant name comes up suspicious then it might be subject to speculation for U.S. authorities.
How do U.S border officials gain your information?
That is a good question! There is no guarantee that your financial data will stay in Canada. The privacy agreements between Mastercard, Visa and American Express and Canada’s biggest five banks make no guarantee that the U.S. authorities will gain access to Canada’s credit card information. Some companies that will be able to sell Marijuana legally in Canada are not too concerned. With the sale of medical marijuana this has not been an issue according to Cannabis industry giant Canopy Growth Corp. Vice president of communications Jordan Sinclair has not heard about any concerns with the sale of medical marijuana.
Your credit card data could be stored in the U.S. Some merchants have set up their credit card transactions under a general name. For instance, in Alberta if you buy cannabis from Alberta, Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis, it will show up on your credit card as “AGLC.” Some merchants have started using words like “Bouquet Shop” on their credit card bill. But only a few. Most merchants have “marijuana” or “cannabis” in their business name.
Another solution to this is for the merchant to accept payments using Moxipay. Moxipay protects the merchants, you, and your personal data. With Moxipay, the merchant never sees or stores your credit card data. There will never be any personal banking or credit card information sent to the merchant. Since you are paying with an email money transfer, there are no charges appearing on your credit card. Your bank statement will only show a simple e-transfer to Moxipay. How you spent your money is safe and secure and private. When you purchase recreational cannabis you can use Moxipay because it will not disclose the information of the seller. Moxipay has security protocols in place so your personal data is not compromised.
Moxipay is a Canadian company located in Alberta. They work on automating the process of transferring your money. Moxipay is confidential since they do not disclose the information of the buyer. Their goal is to help consumers transfer money fast and conveniently to any type of business. Moxipay processes over 20,000 financial transactions per month for a variety of businesses. If you use a credit card, there is some customer apprehension to buying online; Moxipay alleviates all of that apprehension, and Moxipay will keep your transaction confidential.