In Canada, recreational cannabis use became legal on October 17, 2018.
Here are some helpful links to familiarize yourself with the cannabis landscape in Canada:
CANNABIS USE AT THE NANAIMO AIRPORT (YCD)
Cannabis use is prohibited on YCD-managed property, including all roads, buildings and parking lots. There are a number of designated smoking zones around YCD’s terminal building. These zones are limited to the smoking of tobacco, cloves, vapes, e-cigarettes and medicinal cannabis. A valid prescription must be on your person if you need to consume medicinal cannabis in these areas.
TRAVELLING WITH CANNABIS – WITHIN CANADA
With the new legislation, Canadians are now permitted to travel between Canadian destinations with up to 30 grams of cannabis in their possession (either in carry-on or checked baggage). Passengers are not allowed to have more than that amount. Therefore, we have installed disposal bins at all security screening checkpoints where passengers can dispose of any cannabis prior to travelling. This will be collected by the RCMP and disposed of.
Current regulations around travelling while intoxicated do not change. Airline employees have the authority to refuse service to a passenger they believe to be intoxicated.
Important: If you are legally travelling within Canada with cannabis, and your flight is diverted into the United States, you may be required to disembark from the aircraft and go through the customs process. If this occurs, you must immediately contact the Canadian Embassy at 1-844-880-6519. You may be arrested and detained in the United States.
TRAVELLING WITH CANNABIS – INTERNATIONALLY
Taking any amount of cannabis across the Canadian border (entering or exiting) is illegal. Therefore, we have installed disposal bins at all security screening checkpoints where passengers can dispose of any cannabis prior to travelling. This will be collected by the RCMP and disposed of.
Government of Canada International
TRAVELLING TO THE UNITED STATES
Section 212(a)(2)(A) of the United States’ Immigration and Nationality Act, sets out the criminal grounds upon which an officer may deem a traveler inadmissible. It reads:
(i) In general.-Except as provided in clause (ii), any alien convicted of, or who admits having committed, or who admits committing acts which constitute the essential elements of–
(I) a crime involving moral turpitude (other than a purely political offense) or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such a crime, or
(II) a violation of (or a conspiracy or attempt to violate) any law or regulation of a State, the United States, or a foreign country relating to a controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)), is inadmissible.
What this means in plain language, is that Canadians working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S. however, if a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible. All passengers should research thoroughly before travelling to the United States.
Passengers are also prohibited from bringing drug paraphernalia across US borders. The below quote is from the United States Customs and Border Protection website:
“It is illegal to bring drug paraphernalia into the United States unless prescribed for authentic medical conditions such as diabetes. CBP will seize any illegal drug paraphernalia. Law prohibits the importation, exportation, manufacture, sale or transportation of drug paraphernalia. If you are convicted of any of these offenses, you will be subject to fines and imprisonment.”