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Your Guide to Travelling With Weed

Published On:
December 22, 2022

Read time:
4 Minutes

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Travelling with weed is one of the most common topics among consumers. While the recreational use of cannabis has been legalized in quite a few countries, there’s still some uncertainty surrounding the rules and regulations when it comes to travelling across borders. Equipping yourself with this knowledge before you travel will not only make you a responsible consumer, but it’ll also keep you safe from the law. 

If you are planning to travel to, from, or within Canada with cannabis, here is everything you need to know about the legalities on this topic.

Entering or Leaving the Canadian Border

Even though weed is legal in Canada, it is illegal to bring cannabis and other related products, such as extracts, edibles, seeds, and topicals across the Canadian border. No matter how much product you have, you will be fined and punished for the violation. This also applies to individuals who have the authorization to use cannabis for medical purpose.

Travellers are also not allowed to fly internationally with any form of cannabis product. Even if your destination country legalizes weed, bringing any amount of cannabis with you will put you in a difficult situation. Failure to comply with the rules will have you facing criminal offences.

Travelling With Weed Within Canada

While weed is legal in Canada, the legislation of each province differs. This includes topics such as legal age, smoking locations, and consumption methods. That is why you need to research your destination’s rules regarding marijuana before travelling. 

Aside from that, the general cannabis rule in Canada is that you are allowed to carry 30 grams of dried cannabis or 150 grams of fresh product at a time. Anything beyond that is considered illegal and is subject to punishment.

Travelling With Weed in the United States

In the States, cannabis is legal in states like California, Colorado, and Oregon. Despite this, you are not allowed to travel to the country or any legal state with cannabis in your possession.

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Declaring Your Possession of Cannabis

If you happen to be travelling with weed to Canada, you are required to declare your cannabis to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). When doing so, make sure to reveal all forms of cannabis products within your possession and quantities. You’ll also need to provide required documentation such as permits, licenses, and exemption certificates.

What Happens if You Fail to Declare Your Cannabis? 

If you do not declare your possession of cannabis to the CBSA, you will receive a monetary penalty. The document will state your offence and the fine you need to pay. Moreover, the amount indicated is based on the type of violation, its severity, and history of non-compliance. 

How Do I Pay For My Penalty? 

You can pay for your penalty by going to a CBSA office or mailing your notice to the address indicated in your documentation. A total of 30 days will be given to you as a grace period for you to pay on time and avoid interest fees. 

How to Travel With Cannabis in Canada

Here are some tips to keep in mind in order to ensure you’re being a responsible stoner when travelling across Canada:

1. Make It a Habit to Review the Laws of Each Province

Not all Canadian provinces have the same set of regulations about cannabis. It is your responsibility to know what these are and to follow them as instructed. To avoid any inconvenience in your travels, make sure to read and verify information about cannabis possession and usage at your destination.

2. If You Are Unsure, It’s Best to Leave the Weed at Home

If you aren’t sure about the laws, the safest thing you can do is to leave your cannabis products at home. This tip also applies to bringing weed with you on car rides and flights within Canada

Even if the maximum quantity you can carry is 30 grams, you might be safer to bring nothing at all. At the end of the day, you can get your favourite strains anywhere in Canada due to the availability of multiple dispensaries. Or why not think of it as a fun way to try different strains across the country as you go!

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Be a Responsible Cannabis Consumer Wherever You Go

The main takeaway from this article is that you should never bring or take weed in or out of the country. As a cannabis user, you need to be responsible and knowledgeable about the laws and regulations that surround travelling with weed.

If you’re travelling within Ontario, simply visit any of True North Cannabis Co.’s 46 dispensary stores to get your supplies. From flowers to edibles, enjoy easy access to top-quality and carefully curated offerings at the lowest prices. 

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