Canadians who are planning to travel with their legal weed should be aware of rules and regulations that may affect what they can carry, where they can carry it, and how much of it they can carry. Keep reading to find out what we consider to be the most important things Canadians should know about traveling with weed after legalization.
On October 17, 2018, it became legal for Canadians to fly domestically with marijuana. Travellers will be restricted to a limit of 30 grams of weed on domestic flights, but will be free to choose whether they bring it onto the plane in their carry-on baggage, or stow it away in their checked luggage. Weed must be properly packaged in airtight bags or containers that will contain scent. Authorities have taken care to point out that traveling internationally with marijuana is still illegal, even if traveling to states where it is legal, because of restrictive federal laws.
Carrying and Consumption in Vehicles
Canadians should be aware that each province has its own legal framework for marijuana legalization, and that there may be differences in the way they are allowed to carry or consume marijuana in vehicles. In most provinces, including Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, marijuana must be kept in a sealed package, and out of reach of car occupants at all times. When it comes to consumption, marijuana use is federally prohibited in vehicles such as cars, boats, and tractors.
Drivers should not drive under the influence of marijuana. Certain provinces have enacted particularly strict driving under the influence laws, especially for young drivers. Violation of laws regulating the possession and consumption of weed in vehicles will result in fines in the thousands of dollars and potential license infractions.
What to Know About Crossing The Border
Canadians must remember that marijuana is still federally prohibited in the United States of America. As such, care must be taken to ensure that no marijuana is within your possession before crossing the border. However, even this may not be enough.
Some Canadians have had trouble crossing the border even without being in possession of weed. In September, a senior U.S. border official told American media that Canadians who invest or work in the marijuana industry can be turned away at the border, and banned for life from entering the United States. Countless Canadians have been subjected to this kind of treatment at the US border in recent years, and have found themselves subsequently barred from entering the country. If you ever find yourself in this situation, remember that lawyers and legalization activists encourage Canadians to refuse to answer any questions with regards to their marijuana consumption, or their involvement in the marijuana industry.
On Tuesday, October 11, 2018, the US Customs and Border Protections Agency issued a statement indicating that Canadians who work in the cannabis industry will soon be allowed to visit the United States for non-business reasons. However, it is not known when the policy change will actually come into effect.