Traveling with Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis is most states is legal for all adults. Like this seller explained, it is an offense to use it if you are not legal of age. While medical cannabis is praised for its use in relieving, pain be it mild or severe, traveling with it might be quite consequential because not all states authorize its use. For instance, the Canada Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has guidelines and procedures around flying with medical cannabis in Canada. The bad thing is that they only restrict this rule within Canada and not beyond their borders.

Within Canada

While it is legal to travel with medical marijuana within Canada, there are a few cautions laid down by CATSA that need to be followed to the latter. They include:

  • Medical documentation for proof of prescription should be carried at all times. Police at airports are instructed to check for the documents when you are carrying medical cannabis in Canada.
  • There is a legal amount of medical marijuana that should be carried by a person. Therefore a thorough check of a passengers` luggage will be conducted.
  • A passenger should always call the airlines and inform them about the prescription beforehand. Calling prior is because some airlines do not allow the transportation of any products containing cannabis, be it medicinal. Informing the airlines on time will also help to speed up the security check process. Failure to do this, some airlines will assume that you are transporting cannabis illegally.

Entering Canada

It is easier traveling with medical marijuana within Canada, but entering medical marijuana in Canada is a lot different. It is illegal to transfer cannabis products across the Canadian border. Edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topical cannot be transported across the Canadian border.

It doesn’t matter the quantity, the purpose (medical), the state or country, and it is advisable to make it known to the Canadian border services agency, and failure to declare it is considered a felony.

Leaving Canada

Like entering cannabis in Canada, it is also considered a crime to transport cannabis across the Canadian border. Cannabis is illegal in most countries and traveling with it to other countries no matter the amount you are carrying is considered a criminal offense. Leaving Canada with cannabis can lead to severe punishment by your home country and abroad, like being denied entry to that country.

At your destination

Leaving and entering with cannabis in Canada is considered illegal. Suppose you are lucky enough to travel with cannabis products to other countries. In that case, you should know the laws laid down for traveling with cannabis in those countries. 

A country like the USA has legalized marijuana, but some states still have passed down strict laws on traveling marijuana. A state like Arkansas requires one to sign up for the medical marijuana program 30 days prior and pay a non-refundable fee. The bottom line is you should familiarize yourself with other countries` laws before traveling with medical marijuana.

Always remember to pack your documents because traveling with cannabis in Canada requires one to have documentation that prescribes the use of medical marijuana so that you can accelerate your traveling process within Canada. In Canada, make sure to follow the rules given by the CATSA, and you will never get yourself on the opposite side of the law.