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Cannabis legalization in Canada has brought about a host of new regulations and most people are struggling to maneuver through the maze! What exactly is legal now? How much can I buy? Can I travel with my cannabis medicine? Can I drive with my product? Travel restrictions are a matter of grave concern yet as reported by the Vancouver Sun, a recent study from the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada showed 22 percent of the respondents believed they could travel with their prescribed medical cannabis just like any other prescribed drug, regardless of their destination.
Since legalization, domestic travellers in Canada are allowed to carry a defined limit of cannabis products. Transporting cannabis across international borders though is strictly prohibited and will embroil you in all sorts of legal trouble.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website clearly states “Transporting cannabis across the border in any form – including any oils containing THC or cannabidiol (CBD) - without a permit or exemption authorized by Health Canada remains a serious criminal offence”
As aptly put by the CBSA website “don’t bring it in and don’t take it out.”
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is the main agency mandated to regulate all screening and safety measures at Canadian airports. CATSA has put in place specific rules for travellers intending to carry cannabis/marijuana with them. Legally, a traveller is allowed to carry a maximum of 30 grams of dry herb while cannabis oil is subject to liquid restrictions that is 100 ml or below. If you are carrying more than this amount, be prepared to provide medical documents and/or necessary permits otherwise you are liable for prosecution. To complicate matters each state/region has its own set of laws and regulations meaning that one needs to learn about these restrictions based on your destination. Like in Alberta you can smoke your recreational cannabis in public except for some select places but in Saskatchewan public consumption is prohibited.
Some key points to remember to make your domestic travel Canna-friendly.
Although Transport Canada has stated that on domestic flights legal amounts of recreational cannabis will be allowed on checked in or carry on baggage, it is recommended to keep your stash in the carry-on.
It is important to ensure that all your cannabis products and any accessory is packed properly and ideally sealed in an odor proof case. Check out The Hot Case for examples of odour-proof casing.
Keep Your Documents On Hand:
Even if the amount you carry is under the prescribed limit it is always good to carry your medical documentation and proof of purchase at all times.
Be an early bird:
With all the new regulations in place at airports, it is a confusing time for officials as well so plan ahead and give yourself enough time in case you have to explain your cannabis cargo.
As with all things, understand the law and abide by it to ensure a worry-free trip.
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