Cannabis & Travel
Below is an overview of the rules and regulations around cannabis and traveling:
As of October 17, 2018, cannabis has been legalized for adult-use in Canada. As a result of the changing regulations, you are no longer required to prove a medical exemption in order to carry cannabis.
Proof of patient status
Should you need to prove your status to law enforcement in this regard, Tilray’s patient services team is available 24/7 to confirm your status and provide the amount you are legally allowed to carry. Simply call 1-844-845-7291.
What do airlines say about cannabis?
Airlines operating within Canada are subject to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). CATSA is mandated with protecting the public through effective and efficient screening of air travelers and their baggage. If you are traveling within Canada, CATSA has established specific limits for bringing cannabis on a plane.
Possible Flight Diversions
In the case of a domestic flight, please be advised that unforeseen situations may arise that require a domestic flight to divert to a U.S. airport, where arriving in possession of cannabis is not legal.
If you are refused entry into a country because you have cannabis in your possession, you alone will be responsible for the consequences, including for payment of your return trip home.
How much cannabis can I travel with?
For recreational cannabis, you are permitted to bring a maximum of 30 grams of dry herb or 100 ml (3.4 oz) of cannabis oil in your carry-on luggage. As a medical patient, you are permitted to carry 30 times your daily allotment, up to a maximum of 150 grams*.
*Note: On domestic flights, you should limit liquids to under 100 ml to adhere to CATSA liquid limitations. Be wary that this could mean having less than a full month’s supply of a cannabis oil or tincture.
Most Canadian LPs are able to ship nationwide and can temporarily change your shipping address while you’re traveling. Keep in mind, however, that you still won’t be able to purchase more than your prescription dictates during any given month. That means that if you’ve already had your full monthly prescription delivered to you, your LP won’t be able to provide you with additional product even if you’re in a new location. So, plan ahead and ask your LP what cannabis delivery options will be best for your needs.
It is illegal to take cannabis across international borders?
A person could be subject to criminal charges if they try to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in their possession. Under the Cannabis Act, the legalization of cannabis in Canada will not change Canada’s border rules. Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders will remain illegal and could result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad. This will be the case even if your patient is travelling to places that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis.
“Don’t bring it in, don’t bring it out.”
Cannabis, medical or recreational, is not legal federally in the USA. This is important as it relates to travelling across the border into the USA. If you are using any cannabis products whether it is dried flower, oils, capsules, or creams, you cannot bring them into the USA. Not only will they be confiscated, your patient may be banned from travel to the USA forever. This restriction can also apply to travel between states, especially if moving from a state where cannabis is legal to one where it’s not, as the border of each state is still a federal responsibility.
Even if you plan to travel to a country where medical or recreational cannabis is legal, the risk of bringing cannabis in with you is not worth it. There is always a possibility of a plane landing elsewhere and having to go through customs in a country that is not sympathetic.
Examples of penalties around the world for serious drug charges include:
- 20 years’ imprisonment plus a fine: Tunisia
- 30 years’ imprisonment: Venezuela
- Death penalty for offences related to narcotics: Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand
The Government of Canada cannot intervene if a traveller does not meet the destination’s entry or exit requirements.
RETURNING TO CANADA:
Bringing cannabis or any product containing cannabis into Canada is illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.
If a Licensed Producer or researcher plans to bring samples of cannabis from another country for testing, research, or production legally, they must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency just as they would be required to declare products like alcohol and tobacco. Not declaring cannabis in one’s possession at the Canadian border is a serious offence. An individual could face arrest and prosecution.
- Keep it in your carry-on – While you are technically allowed to carry cannabis in either a carry-on or checked baggage, keep in mind that security dogs at certain airports are trained to identify narcotics in checked luggage. This means that keeping your medication in a checked bag can be risky, so it’s recommended that you keep your supply in your carry-on.
- Keep it odour-free — Generally, you won’t be stopped if your cannabis is packed away and doesn’t smell. To avoid delays and possible missed flights, make sure your ancillary products (vape pens, portable vaporizers, etc.) are well cleaned and your supply is stored in odor-proof packaging.
- Show up a little early — The regulations previously stated that an on-site police officer may be called to verify your documentation. While this is technically no longer the case, it is still possible that a customs officer or airline employee may still follow the old protocol.
If there is any doubt, the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism website provides the most up-to-date information.