The legalization of marijuana in Canada will not change Canada’s border rules and it is still illegal to bring marijuana products into or out of the country. You could face serious criminal charges if you try to bring cannabis goods into Canada.
This also applies if you are travelling from or to another country that has legalized or decriminalized marijuana.
Just because marijuana is legal in Canada it does not mean that the same laws apply when travelling abroad. When you visit another country you are still subject to the laws of that country. Make sure you do your research and find out what the rules are for that country before you visit.
Your Canadian citizenship does not give you immunity or preferential treatment in other countries. If you have previously used drugs, including marijuana after it becomes legal in Canada, you may still be denied entry to a country.
Most countries, including the United States, have a zero-tolerance policy with respect to illegal drugs, including possession and use. Very severe penalties are imposed for the possession of even a small quantity.
Cannabis is legal for adults in Canada. However, it is still illegal to transport cannabis and products containing cannabis – including edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals – across the Canadian border:
- No matter how much cannabis you have with you
- Even if you are authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes in any form, including cannabidiol (CBD)
- Even if you are travelling to or from a municipality, state or country where cannabis has been legalized or decriminalized
If you are entering Canada and have cannabis with you in any form, you must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency.
Not declaring cannabis in your possession at the Canadian border is a serious criminal offence. You could be arrested and prosecuted.