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Advice for pot users who travel within Canada

Last Updated Oct 4, 2018 at 1:54 pm EDT

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says travellers on domestic flights will be permitted to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis with them after Oct. 17.

It will be the first time in Canadian history that recreational marijuana will be allowed to be carried into Canadian airports and on any flights within our country’s borders.

And with that freedom comes some lingering questions about travelling with marijuana. Below are some Q&As.


How do I carry marijuana onto a domestic flight?
It has to be packed in your carry-on or checked-in baggage.

Can I take a flight from Canada to Colorado, where pot is also legal?
No. You can only carry the designated amount of marijuana within Canada. While several American states have legalized marijuana, possession of the drug is still illegal under U.S. federal law.

Under Bill C-45, Canadian adults will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public.

Won’t the security dogs at the airports sniff me out?
The Canadian Air Transport Safety Authority (CATSA) is working on screening procedures at security checkpoints.

In a statement CATSA told CityNews the security of the travelling public is top priority.

“We are currently assessing the impacts the Cannabis Act will have on our operations and will be working with our regulator, Transport Canada, on the appropriate changes to our current procedures.”

Can I flaunt my marijuana freedom?
When it comes to security lines and border crossings, cannabis-using Canadians shouldn’t flaunt their marijuana freedom. For example, when travelling to the U.S. by car, don’t pull up to the border in a car that smells like pot.

Will there be signs posted about the rules?
Transport Canada told CityNews it is working with stakeholders to post signage at airports, ferry and cruise terminals, and railway stations at exit points from Canada.

With files from The Canadian Press