It has been a few years since the Canadian government legalized the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. However, the rules comply Do you use CBD oil and are planning a trip over state lines or internationally? Read out guide to find out the dos and don’ts of carrying CBD Travellers – Cannabis (marijuana) legalization
Can You Travel With Cannabis Concentrates In Canada?
It has been a few years since the Canadian government legalized the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. However, the rules comply while you are in Canada. If you’re flying to another country, you can’t bring any of your favorite weed along.
As long as you’re flying within Canada’s borders, you can carry up to 30 grams of weed along. Of course, you have to be over 18, but even so, you might find yourself in an unpleasant situation. While you can simply go to the Just Cannabis Marijuana Dispensary before a flight, make sure that your supplies fit with the local laws. Stay with us, and we’ll explain everything in more detail.
Legal age varies between provinces.
Unlike the US, where every state has the same laws and age limits for using marijuana legally, Canada took a different approach. Every individual province and territory has its own age limit for using marijuana legally. For example, the legal age across most provinces and territories is 19, except Quebec and Alberta, where you can buy weed legally after you turn 18. That’s why you must make sure that you meet the legal age in the province you’re leaving as well as the one you’re landing in.
So, let’s say that you’re 18 years old, meeting the legal age requirements in Calgary and that you’re planning a trip to Vancouver to visit a friend. You decide to bring your stash along, but you can’t land in BC, as the legal age for carrying weed there is 19. Quebec is considering raising the age limit to 21, which means that you would be breaking the law by landing in Montreal. The same thing goes for cannabis concentrates and other products made from the plant.
Is it possible to bring your supplies along if you’re flying to the US?
While it seems logical that you can bring your own stash to a US state where recreational use is legal, bringing marijuana across the border is absolutely forbidden. The current US federal law prohibits cannabis possession in all forms. That means that you can’t bring any weed along even if you’re flying directly to Colorado or California, where cannabis has been legal for years. Breaking the federal law will have dire consequences, including jail time.
Moreover, if you admit that you use cannabis regularly when you land in the US could result in a denied entry. In other words, it’s a bad idea to bring your own cannabis along if you’re about to leave Canada. In that case, age doesn’t matter. Canada’s border rules have stayed the same, even though marijuana became legal within the country. That’s why you should always avoid traveling with weed if going outside of Canada.
How about domestic flights?
While you can bring up to 30 grams of weed along, right now, edibles, cannabis concentrates, and other cannabis products are not allowed. The Canadian federal department in charge of regulating cannabis is still developing laws and regulations regarding edibles and other cannabis products, which is why you still can’t bring any along on a flight. So far, you can only carry dried plants and oils.
The current restriction on cannabis oil is 100ml, so make sure that you don’t have more than that as you might be fined or detained at the airport.
What happens if my flight gets re-routed?
A plane flying to another Canadian city might have to land at the closest US airport due to malfunction or bad weather in some rare cases. If that happens and you have a stash of weed with you, you will have to take responsibility for bringing marijuana along. That can include paying for a fine and even a ticket back to Canada.
So, even if it’s legal to travel across Canada with up to 30 grams of weed, you never know what could go wrong. If you can, it’s always better to leave your stash at home and buy some more weed when you land. You just don’t want to risk paying a fine or being banned from a flight or a bus ride due to too much weed in your possession.
As you can see, while traveling with weed across Canada largely depends on the local laws set by every province, the maximum amount of weed you can bring along is 30 grams. However, if you’re traveling outside of Canada, all cannabis products are considered illegal.
When it comes to edibles and other cannabis products, they are currently illegal to bring along when you travel across the country. However, with new rules and regulations in development, we expect to see edibles, concentrates, and other products become legal when traveling. Until that happens, we advise you to leave all of your cannabis products at home before hitting the road.
Guide to Flying with CBD Oil
Flying with CBD oil may hinge on a technicality: whether your CBD products are derived from hemp or cannabis. But even then, federal authorities can confiscate your CBD and there have been some arrests .
If the CBD product you’re carrying with you contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD derived from the stem of hemp plants, then it should be legal to bring to any state. But CBD oils and other CBD products derived from cannabis containing higher amounts of psychoactive THC are considered illegal substances.
Here is everything you need to know about traveling with CBD oil and other CBD products. Before heading to the airport for your next domestic or international flight, know the rules.
Note that this article does not constitute legal advice. For specific legal guidance, we recommend consulting a lawyer.
Flying with CBD Oil in the U.S.
The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal in the United States, but with certain nuances and restrictions. The bill outlines that hemp-derived CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC may be transported across state lines. The products covered in the bill include CBD oil, CBD tinctures, CBD edibles, and other hemp-based items.
But what if your CBD oil comes from cannabis and has more than 0.3% THC? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has said, to paraphrase, ” We’re not looking for your weed .” However, suppose TSA agents spot any suspected law violations, as in something that may look like cannabis or a cannabis-containing product. In that case, they are required to notify the local authorities.
Depending on the cannabis-friendliness of the authority (or whether or not their arrest targets need to be met), this can mean either a lucky escape or prison time. Also, as flying with cannabis is against federal law, you may face penalties even if you’re going between two legal states.
However, we strongly advise against carrying cannabis or cannabis-based CBD products onboard a flight.
Current TSA Guidelines
The TSA explicitly states that it will report any suspicious items to the local authorities. If you’re caught with a cannabis product with a higher than 0.3% THC concentration, you may have legal issues to handle. But if you travel with a bottle of hemp-derived CBD oil in its original container, the TSA most likely will not detain you.
Flying Internationally with CBD Oil
Different countries have vastly different laws, and it’s not possible to state everywhere in the world, you may be able to carry your hemp-based CBD oil with you. But here are some global highlights concerning CBD laws:
Canada does not permit people to bring cannabis or CBD products.
If you’re wondering, “can I take CBD oil to Mexico?” The answer is, no, you cannot. But you can purchase CBD products legally once you are in Mexico.
Some countries in Central America, like Costa Rica, allow you to travel with a CBD product if it contains less than 0.3% THC.
Laws vary across South America, but you may take your CBD products to Brazil if they contain less than 0.2% THC.
Europe’s laws vary between countries, but it is generally legal to possess CBD products with trace amounts (0.3% or less) of THC.
The Middle East has extremely strict laws on cannabis and CBD possession, and Dubai, a party playground for the wealthy, issues severe penalties for having CBD. A man from London was recently sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for possessing CBD in Dubai .
Asia has strict laws on cannabis and other drugs. But Thailand allows you to possess a thirty-day supply of CBD oil if you have a permit from FDA Thailand. India has more lenient CBD laws, and you can possess CBD products without a permit.
You can have CBD oil in Australia only with a medical prescription.
The laws on CBD in Africa are emerging. South Africa permits CBD possession but with a strict caveat: it must contain less than 0.001% THC.
Tips for Flying with CBD
Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re traveling with CBD products:
- Be aware of the laws of each destination country if traveling internationally
- Carry your medical marijuana card with you if you have one
- Keep the CBD product in its original packaging
- Carry any prescription information with you
- Make sure the CBD product is genuinely a CBD product and contains no more than 0.3% THC (even less than that in some countries)
Following these basic guidelines will help you adhere to the law of the land wherever you go.
What About Bringing CBD on Other Modes of Transportation?
Avoid carrying cannabis-based CBD products with you in the car over state lines. Hemp-based CBD products should be fine to travel with by car.
The Subway/Commuter Trains
It may be legal to travel with CBD on the subway or train, but you should check the rules of the specific transportation authority before doing so.
Boats and Cruise Ships
If the boat or cruise ship travels over waters where CBD is outlawed or docks someplace where the substance is illegal, you should leave your product at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pack CBD oil in my checked luggage?
Yes, you can pack hemp-derived CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC in your checked luggage, provided that it meets all other requirements , including size, weight, and packaging.
Do airlines test for CBD?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not consider CBD oil an acceptable treatment for working pilots, even those with a medical card.
Does CBD oil pass the security airport checks?
On CBD products, unless you have a prescription for approved medications such as Epidiolex, then it may be best to leave your CBD product at home and buy one when you get to your destination. You may not get arrested for possessing CBD, and if caught, are more likely to have your CBD-containing product confiscated, but is it worth the risk?
Access legal cannabis and CBD products with a medical marijuana card. Speak with one of Leafwell’s trained physicians to apply for your MMJ card.
Cannabis at the border
The Cannabis Act, legalizing and regulating cannabis (marijuana), creates a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada.
Transporting cannabis across the border in any form – including any oils containing THC or cannabidiol (CBD) – without a permit or exemption authorized by Health Canada remains a serious criminal offence subject to arrest and prosecution, despite the legalization of cannabis in Canada. The prohibition applies regardless of:
- The amount of cannabis you have with you,
- Whether you hold a medical document authorizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes,
- Whether you are travelling from an area with legalized or decriminalized cannabis.
Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out.
If you are entering Canada from another country, remember: if you have cannabis with you in any form, you must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency. Not declaring cannabis in your possession at the Canadian border could also lead to arrest and prosecution.
If you are leaving Canada, remember: you may not take cannabis out of the country either. You may be subject to criminal charges if you attempt to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in your possession.
Only Health Canada retains the authority to issue permits or grant exemptions to import or export cannabis. They do so under very limited circumstances and for limited purposes: medical, scientific or industrial hemp. For importers with the Health Canada granted authority, please refer to Customs Notice 18-19 on calculating cannabis duty.
Laws for cannabis at the Canadian border
An explanation about the laws for cannabis at the Canadian border.