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Travelling with Medical Cannabis? Here’s What You Need to Know

A purse is open with legal cannabis inside. On the table below are cannabis products such as a vape and gummies.

Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, Canadians need to be aware of the laws regulating travel with medical cannabis both domestically and internationally.

Do your research in advance since regulations can differ depending on the mode of transportation and the destination.

When travelling internationally, it is particularly important to research the laws of the destination country regarding medical cannabis use and possession. Cannabis remains illegal under international law, and possession of cannabis in some countries can lead to severe penalties, including imprisonment.

According to the Government of Canada, it is illegal to leave the country with cannabis, even if it is for medical purposes, and even if the country you are going to has legalized cannabis. Once again, it is illegal to travel internationally with recreational cannabis, and possession can lead to severe penalties.

For domestic travel within Canada, individuals may travel with medical cannabis as long as they adhere to specific regulations.

Related Read: A Guide to Travelling with a Disability

When travelling domestically, individuals who have been prescribed medical cannabis may carry their medication with them. However, it is important to carry proof of prescription, as well as any necessary documentation, such as a medical cannabis license card.

Similarly, individuals who have purchased cannabis from a licensed retail store for recreational use may travel with it within Canada. However, individuals must keep it in its original packaging and carry proof of purchase. The amount of cannabis that a person can possess while travelling is limited to 30 grams.

While cannabis products in Canada are legal for both medical and recreational purposes, it is important to follow the regulations and laws surrounding its possession and use, particularly when travelling. Whether travelling with medically prescribed cannabis or cannabis bought from a recreational store, individuals should always adhere to the regulations in place for their safety and to avoid criminal penalties.

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