Disclaimer * The following is not legal advice * / Flying with weed in Canada is legal (yay!).
Flying can be a stressful experience for some - so who wouldn't want to fly with some dank nugs? Thankfully, the Canadian government has been gracious enough to leave people alone with their foliage, and now allows them to board a plane with Cannabis without breaking the law.
So what are the rules for flying with cannabis in Canada?:
Canadian adults can travel legally with cannabis on an airplane, but only on domestic flights.
If your plane crosses any international borders - even into a state with legal recreational and/or medical cannabis - you could be in big trouble. The Government of Canada even has a website and a fancy video to reiterate this.
Again: do not take marijuana on any international flight, in or out of Canada, for any reason - ever.
You can also double check all rules directly with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (the federal agency responsible for air passenger screening) here, but here are the main guidelines:
So what does CATSA do if you have more than 30 grams with you?:
Protocol requires us to notify the police. This could lead to charges and prosecution.
So how about vaping or smoking on a plane? Well, that's a resounding 'no' as well. However if you find yourself in Vancouver's International Airport — it's perfectly legal to smoke a joint or have a vape in a designated smoking area outside the terminal before you go through security. Just a heads up: smoke wisely. Airlines can and do refuse service to customers who are clearly intoxicated.
Also, make sure you know the laws of your destination. For example, an 18 year old who boarded with legal cannabis in Alberta will disembark from the plane running afoul of the provincial minimum age laws in Ontario (which has a minimum age of 19 for cannabis).
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