Cannabis and the border

Cannabis is not legal yet

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Entering Canada

Despite the fact that cannabis will become legal and regulated in Canada in the near future, it is illegal now and will remain illegal to transport cannabis across Canada's national borders.

This prohibition applies:

  • even if you are authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes
  • no matter how much cannabis you have with you
  • even if you are travelling to or from an area where cannabis has been legalized or decriminalized

If you are entering Canada and you have cannabis with you in any form, you must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Not declaring cannabis in your possession at the Canadian border is a serious offence. You could face arrest and prosecution.

Leaving Canada

It is illegal to take cannabis across Canada's international borders. You could be subject to criminal charges if you try to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in your possession.

Cannabis is illegal in most countries. You could be denied entry to another country, if you have:

  • involvement in the legal cannabis industry in Canada
  • previously used cannabis or any substance prohibited by local laws

As a traveller, it is your responsibility to be informed about the laws of the country you intend to visit. This includes the legal status of cannabis use and possession in any country you may travel to. You must obey the laws of the country you are in. Consequences for doing otherwise could be severe.

Visit Cannabis and international travel for more information.

Travelling with cannabis within Canada

When you are travelling within Canada it is your responsibility to learn the laws of the province or territory you are going to. If you use cannabis, purchase and consume it within the province or territory you are in. Follow the laws that are in place in that jurisdiction.