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What You Need to Know about Travelling with Cannabis

We know that travelling can be stressful for many; between packing bags, the car, children, and the weather, you’re lucky to make it out the door without forgetting your toothbrush. No matter what your travel plans are, don’t worry – we’ve complied what you need to know about travelling with your cannabis so that you can put all your focus on trying to squeeze the luggage into your trunk.

Flying within Canada?

If you are going to be flying within Canada for your holidays, there are limits to carrying cannabis, which vary depending if you’re travelling as a recreational user, or a medical cannabis patient. If you are travelling with recreational cannabis, 30 grams is the maximum legal amount you may carry. This cannabis can be transported in either your carry-on luggage, or your checked bag.

As a medical cannabis patient, there is a little bit more to calculating your carrying limit. Your total carrying limit is equal to the lesser of 150g, or your daily prescription amount times 30 days, plus an additional 30 grams - e.g. (daily amount x 30 days) + 30g = total carrying limit. Be sure to pack your medication in your carry-on luggage and have your medical documentation with you. It’s important to note that if you are flying with cannabis oil in your carry-on, you will need to limit the amount to under 100ml per bottle, which is now the standard volume of liquid permitted. Once available, our JWC oils will be below this threshold, giving you one less thing to worry about.

Staying on the ground?

If you are hopping on a train or bus, things are a little different. In these situations, your cannabis needs to be stored in your checked luggage, which is usually kept on board. If travelling by car, cannabis must be out of the reach of the driver. Just like alcohol, it is always suggested that cannabis be stored in your trunk.

The carry limits described above also apply when travelling by car. It’s important to note the legal age of recreational consumption if you are planning on crossing provincial borders. The age is 19, except for Alberta and Quebec where it is 18 years of age. Remember, for adult recreational cannabis you need to be within the guidelines for the province in which you’re travelling. There is no specific age limit for medical cannabis users.

Crossing International Borders?

The rules here are easy; even with a prescription, cannabis cannot be transported across any international borders, in either direction. This rule applies even if your destination has legalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes.

Best Practices

Whether you’re travelling 20 kms, or 2,000 kms, here are some best practices that can help ensure a smooth trip when travelling with your cannabis:

  • Leave yourself some extra time. With the new changes to the regulations you may run into some issues. Having a buffer shows that you are prepared and willing to help mitigate any problems that may arise.
  • Bring along your documentation. If you are a medical patient, your authorization to possess cannabis is your Registration Document, which you should receive from your Licensed Producer upon registering. Carry your cannabis in the original packaging to avoid any questions about its origin.
  • Be upfront if you’re carrying cannabis. If you’re asked about carrying cannabis on your travels, honesty is always the best policy.
  • Be as scent free as possible. If your cannabis is packed away, and doesn’t smell, you likely will not be questioned. This applies to any accessories that you’re travelling with, too.

Wishing you safe and happy travels from all of us here at the JWC Family!

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