5 things you should know when travelling with cannabis
For many, summer means beach days, road trips, camping, however if you plan to bring cannabis with you, it’s best to know the laws first. Here are five things to know before you go:
- Don’t drive high.
Driving while impaired is dangerous and illegal. Wherever you’re going, make sure to plan a safe ride if consuming cannabis. Call a friend, a cab, use a rideshare, or take transit. Never drive high.
- Stash before you dash.
Cannabis can be safely transported in a vehicle as long as it’s in its original, unopened packaging or is inaccessible to the driver and occupants. It’s best to make sure your cannabis products are stored out of reach from you and your passengers when driving in your car. In the trunk is best.
- 30g legal public possession limit across Canada.
Whether driving or flying within Canada, adults of legal age can possess up to 30g of non-medical cannabis. However, make sure to double check the provincial legal age for cannabis as each province or territory can vary. For instance, even though in BC the legal age is 19+ years old to buy, use, or possess non-medical cannabis, it is 21+ years old in Quebec.
- Know where you can consume.
In BC, you can generally smoke or vape cannabis in the same public spaces where tobacco smoking and vaping is allowed, however this is not the same case across Canada. For example, consuming cannabis is prohibited in all public spaces in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Therefore, it’s best to look it up before lighting up (or consuming using other methods).
- It’s illegal to transport cannabis over the border.
Even if cannabis is legal where you are going, it must never be transported over the border, or on any flights, to another country, including the USA.
Want to learn more? Here are some resourceful links to help guide you.
Authorized cannabis retailers in the provinces and territories: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/laws-regulations/provinces-territories.html
Northwest Territories: https://yukon.ca/cannabis
Newfoundland and Labrador: https://www.gov.nl.ca/cannabis/
Prince Edward Island: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/cannabis
Cannabis use at Parks Canada places: https://parks.canada.ca/voyage-travel/regles-rules/cannabis
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA): https://www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca/en/what-can-bring/item/cannabis-marijuana