Cannabis and International Travel- Can I Travel With Medical Marijuana?
The legalization of cannabis in Canada on October 17, 2018, has helped many adults access cannabis for medicinal and recreational use. Canadians across the country may remain unsure regarding the prohibitions, obligations, and offences under the Cannabis Act. Prohibitions under the Cannabis Act include selling cannabis to minors, driving under the influence of cannabis, and possessing more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in public.
It is illegal to transport cannabis across the Canadian border, whether you are entering or leaving the country, including CBD products, edible cannabis, cannabis topical, and cannabis extracts. Legally, there are no exceptions to transporting cannabis across the Canadian border, even if you are transporting a small amount of cannabis, or if you are authorized to obtain cannabis for medicinal purposes.
You are exempted from transporting cannabis across the Canadian border even if you are travelling to or from a municipality, state or country where cannabis is legal. For example, although possession of cannabis is legal in some U.S. states, it is illegal under U.S. federal law, and federal law governs airplane travel in America. If your destination is a U.S. state that has legalized cannabis, you will not be able to transport cannabis across the Canada-United States border.
If you possess cannabis while entering or leaving Canada, you must declare it to the Canadian Border Services Agency. Not doing so will result in a severe criminal offence in Canada or abroad, such as arrest or prosecution. Other risks include denied entry to the municipality, state or country you are travelling to, or permanent denial to other countries.
Travelling within Canada
If you are hoping to travel with cannabis, you may want to travel within Canada only. It is legal to travel with medical cannabis within Canada, as stated by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). When doing so, you must carry medical documentation of your prescription, a sales receipt, and have your medical prescription label on your bottle as this will ensure your cannabis is from a legal source. It is also essential to ensure you do not possess more than the legal amount, which is a 30-day carry limit, regardless of your travel duration.
Protocols for transporting cannabis within Canada may differ between airlines, so it is essential to contact your airline before your departure. This will ensure you allocate adequate time for extra screening and presenting documentation for examination. It is important to provide notice of at least two weeks to your airline on which you’re flying, as they may need to establish procedures in line with the Canadian Air Transport
Security Authority perchance they have not had such a situation yet. Communicating proactively will save time, but it will also save time for your fellow travellers and provide a hassle-free experience for transporting your cannabis within Canada.
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