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Canadian psychotherapist Andrew Feldmar had an unpleasant experience when he tried to cross the border into the U.S. last summer.

During a random check Mr. Feldmar ‘s name was googled by a guard and returned results of a 2001 academic paper that had admissions of LSD use nearly 40 years ago. Because of this, he was denied entry into the U.S.

Mr. Feldmar told the Globe and Mail this about the incident at the border: "Over 30 years ago, I did some acid. So what? I just couldn’t believe they would not let me in. I’ve been going to the States for years, and I’d never been stopped before. My kids used to call me the Border Jedi. It was surreal."

On why he was questioned and detained for five hours, Mr. Feldmar offered this explanation: "Perhaps they didn’t believe my story that I was going to Seattle to pick up a friend at the airport. Who knows?"

He was allowed to return to Canada after signing a sworn statement in which he admitted to violating the U.S. Controlled Substance Abuse Act. Mr.Feldmar is now banned from the U.S. unless he applies for and receives a waiver.

Mr. Feldmar has decided against applying for a waiver even though he can no longer visit his two adult children who live in Los Angles and Denver.

"It’s too degrading," he said. "I would probably have to lie [about using LSD] and say I was rehabilitated. But rehabilitated from what?"

"I feel I was punished because I happened to write about using LDS. Otherwise, how would they have known."

 

Search Engine Crosses Canadian At Border
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