Despite the legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018, it is still illegal to transport cannabis when travelling abroad. Here are some of the things you should know before travelling with cannabis.
5 things to know before you travel:
- It is illegal to travel in possession of cannabis even to countries where cannabis is legal.
- Cannabis is still illegal in most countries. It is also prohibited to have cannabis derivatives in your possession when crossing a border.
- According to information available on the official website of the Government of Canada, even ‘’Canadians travelling to the U.S. For reasons related to the cannabis industry may be denied entry.’’1
- Although cannabis use is legal in Canada (under certain criteria, see Cannabis in Canada: an overview of the legislative framework), it is illegal to cross the border from another country into Canada while carrying cannabis.
- If you are travelling within Canada, you may be allowed to possess cannabis, as long as you are in possession of no more than the legal amount and you are of legal age to use it (age may vary from province to province).
The Border Services Agency is very clear on the subject of cannabis: Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out. The pandemic has put a hold on international travel in the last year. Don’t put your next vacation in jeopardy.