December 21, 2018
No matter where you’re travelling, it is important to understand the rules and regulations regarding travelling with your medical cannabis. Unlike your other prescription medications, you cannot simply put your medical cannabis into a carry on and be on your way. The Canadian government has very specific rules when it comes to leaving the house with your cannabis.
All adult Canadians—including medical patients—may travel with up to 30g of cannabis (or the equivalent in cannabis oil products) within Canada’s borders. If carrying more than 30g, you must have medical authorization documentation with you at all times. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has specifically stated that you are allowed to fly within Canada with the legal amount of up to 30g of cannabis without documentation. If your trip requires you to take more than 30g you will need to carry your medical authorization documentation.
To make your vacation start as seamlessly as possible, we have gathered some helpful medical cannabis travel tips:
Know the Rules
If you are heading out of town with more than 30g of cannabis, make sure you keep one of the following with you at all times:
1. Health Canada-issued registration certificate
2. The Confirmation of Registration document you received upon registering with your licensed producer.
3. Never attempt to bring more than your 30-day limit, which is against federal law no matter how long you’ll be away.
4. While travelling within Canada with your medical cannabis is legal, taking it outside of Canada and across international borders is still very much illegal. This even includes if you are flying to a destination that has legalized cannabis or allows for medical cannabis prescriptions.
5. The reverse applies as well. Canadians entering the country after international travel are not allowed to bring in cannabis purchased in other countries.
Tips for Easy Air Travel Within Canada
1. It is recommended that you travel using an aroma-proof carry case for your cannabis. If you are traveling with children and you have one that is lockable, even better. However, be aware you might be asked to unlock it at the airport.
2. You must adhere to all of the rules stated above, especially bringing your documents with you if you are carrying more than 30g of cannabis.
3. CATSA allows for cannabis in both carry on and checked baggage, however they recommend packing all medications in your carry-on.
4. The liquid amount restrictions also apply to your cannabis oils, with no more than 100ml (3.4oz) permitted in your carry-on baggage.
5. Be prepared to show your medical cannabis documentation. It may not happen, but it is better to be ready just in case.
6. You are not allowed to smoke or use a vaporizer in most airports or onboard the plane, so make sure you pre-plan the timing of your medication to account for travel time before you leave on your trip.