Cannabis and the border

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Entering Canada

Despite the fact that cannabis is now legal and regulated for adults in Canada, it remains illegal to transport cannabis across the Canadian border.

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 criminal offence. You could face arrest and prosecution.

Leaving Canada

It is illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border. You could be subject to criminal charges if you try to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in your possession. This applies to all countries, whether cannabis is legal there or not.

Cannabis is illegal in most countries. If you try to travel internationally with any amount of cannabis in your possession, you could be subject to serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad. You could also be denied entry at your destination country if you have previously used cannabis or any substance prohibited by local laws.

Canadians travelling to the U.S. for reasons related to the cannabis industry may be deemed inadmissible.

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.

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, follow the laws in that jurisdiction.