Unlike other prescription medications, travelling with medical cannabis can be more complicated. This blog post will help you navigate the process to not only ensure you are complying with regulations, but also that your travels are smooth and hassle-free.
Whether by plane, train, or automobile, travelling internationally with cannabis is illegal, even for authorized medical cannabis patients. This means bringing cannabis into Canada and taking it out of the country are both subject to serious penalties under the law.
As the Canada Border Services Agency puts it, when it comes to cannabis in any form: Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out. This rule also applies to cannabidiol (CBD) products, including CBD oils which contain trace levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
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According to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, cannabis products can be transported in carry-on or checked luggage on flights within Canada. Be advised, however, that cannabis oils are subject to liquid restrictions permitting up to 100 ml (3.4 oz) in a carry-on bag.
For recreational cannabis, the legal possession limit is 30 g of dried flower (or its equivalent in other forms, such as cannabis oil). Authorized medical patients who pack more than the legal recreational limit must be prepared to show security officers confirmation of registration from a federally licensed seller, such as Green Relief.
Should a patient not be able to present medical documentation, security officers are required to notify police. For this reason, it’s advisable patients keep their confirmation of registration on hand as proof of prescription.
Green Relief patients can access their confirmation of registration by referring to the welcome email they received upon approval of their account with us, or by contacting Client Care.
Please note: In cases where domestic flights are diverted to a U.S. airport, passengers in possession of cannabis are liable for any consequences or penalties that might incur as a result, including covering their return trip home.
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At The Wheel
When driving in Canada, it is illegal to have cannabis within reach and readily available inside a vehicle, such as a car or boat. To ensure compliance while driving, it’s advised patients keep their medical cannabis products in their sealed, original packaging, and stowed away in the vehicle’s trunk.
A reminder that it’s never safe to get behind the wheel after consuming cannabis, as doing so can affect motor skills, concentration, and reaction times. Instead, designate a driver, call a cab or ridesharing service, or stay the night.
Most licensed producers, including Green Relief, are able to ship their products nationwide. For longer-term stays, patients can temporarily change their residential address to a shipping address away from home though an address amendment form.
Completing this form will ensure patients within Canada receive their medical cannabis where, and when, they need it.
Green Relief patients can access this form by contacting Client Care toll-free at 1-855-841-2009 ext. 4056, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.