Essential Cannabis Travel Laws You Need to Know

Jul 04, 2021

Even with the Canadian legalization of recreational cannabis use in 2018, cannabis travel laws are constantly changing, creating confusion for consumers when it comes to travelling in and out of areas where it is legal. Smokey’s wishes to extend a helping hand by empowering our audience with an understanding of the laws and regulations covering travelling with cannabis, so you can continue consuming legally and fly safely. 

Let’s review some important cannabis travel laws that are often overlooked by many.

Cannabis Travel Laws for Domestic Destinations

Recreational cannabis consumption became legal on October 17, 2018, hence transforming outdated laws on travelling with bud. If you are planning a holiday within Canada, you can freely carry cannabis under certain rules.

Packs of cannabis inside a jean pocket

Before stuffing your pockets and bags with ounces of your favourite strain, here are some important reminders that you should know.

Domestic Cannabis Travel Laws

  • You are allowed a maximum amount of 30 grams of cannabis, or its equivalent in your possession
  • You can travel between Canadian destinations with cannabis, either in your carry-on, or checked baggage
  • You can travel with cannabis accessories, such as bongs and pipes
  • You can travel with a vaporizer in your carry-on luggage, only if you remove the battery
  • You can carry CBD oil in your carry-on, as long as it is within the standard liquid restrictions (100 ml)
  • Disposal bins are around security screening checkpoints where you can dispose of extra cannabis weight
  • You cannot travel while intoxicated
  • You cannot consume cannabis while inside the aircraft
  • The RCMP will collect the cannabis taken off your maximum allowed 30 grams, and will dispose of it rightfully
  • You can face as much as $5,000 in fines if you exceed the 30 gram limit without a medical license.

Even with all these cannabis travel laws in place, you are still responsible for learning specific laws of the province or territory you are going to visit.

Not Bringing Flowers? Calculate Its Equivalent

If you find yourself planning to bring some edibles, oils, or extracts to make your trip more exciting, you still need to make sure that its quantity is below 30 grams. Remember that the measurements of dried flowers differ from these other types of cannabis products. 

You can use this online calculator created by the Canadian government to help you figure out if your stack of dark chocolate CBD bars or your big bag of gummies falls below the required maximum.

Cannabis-infused gummy bears

Cannabis Travel Laws: Entering or Leaving Canada

The rule on entering or leaving Canada with cannabis in your luggage is pretty simple – you can’t. To stress it further, don’t do it.

Yes, cannabis is legal for Canadian adults to use recreationally and for medical purposes. However, transporting cannabis and all products containing cannabis (including CBD) across the Canadian border remains illegal. You cannot bring in, or out, cannabis with you, even if you are authorized to use cannabis for ailments or disabilities.

Here are more cannabis travel laws to remember:

  • You cannot transport cannabis in and out of Canada, no matter how small the amount is; and
  • You cannot transport cannabis even if you are travelling to or from an area where it has been decriminalized or legalized.

If you are travelling into Canada and happen to realize that you are carrying cannabis with you in any form, you need to declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). If you fail to declare cannabis in your possession and step within Canadian borders, you will face serious criminal offence. 

Receiving or sending cannabis products in any form into or out of Canada by mail is also illegal. Unauthorized purchases of cannabis products from outside of the country, whether it is done online or in a physical manner, is also prohibited. Not only will the items be confiscated, but you can also be arrested and prosecuted.

International Cannabis Travel Laws and Myths

Aside from Canada, countries such as South Africa and Uruguay have decriminalized cannabis. While it’s easy to think that you can travel into these countries packing some greens, let us stop you right there. First of all, you should know that cannabis possession is still deemed illegal in most parts of the world. Second, you absolutely cannot fly into these countries and expect airport security to give you a high-five for bringing in some Canadian bud. 

It is illegal to carry cannabis in and out of Canada, let alone into other nations. The laws are different from country to country, and if you don’t arm yourself with the proper information, your supposed holiday could turn into a Locked-Up Abroad episode waiting to happen. If you travel internationally with even the smallest amount of cannabis, including CBD products, in your possession, you can face serious criminal penalties at home and abroad. 

You can also be denied entry into the country you have chosen to visit, especially if the authorities find out that you have previously used cannabis, or any other substance, prohibited by its local laws. This act can also negatively affect your next trips, as you can be denied entry to other countries in the future. 

If you’re travelling to the United States, know that there are still some states where cannabis possession and consumption is illegal. To guide you, this infographic labels each state as legal for recreational use, medical use, or if it’s completely illegal. You can also view this informative page to further educate yourself on international cannabis travel guidelines.

Planning a Holiday Within Canada? Let Us Help You Pack!

Now that you’re aware of local cannabis travel laws, you can start planning your getaway on a high note. Browse through our selection of dried flowers, edibles, cartridges, topicals, accessories, extracts, smoking essentials, to make your trips even more fun.  

Our budtenders will walk you through your desired products and help you calculate if everything falls under the allowed amount. Get in touch with us today, or visit any of our store locations to check out our offerings that will help you create long-lasting vacation memories!