Crossing the Border with Marijuana- Canada/ USA

Pot policies may change by 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to remove cannabis possession for personal consumption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances nationwide Act, perhaps as early as July 2018.

This will effectively make cannabis legal to anyone of age. The current proposal says the cut-off age is 18, although provinces could be allowed to be more restrictive and raise the age or add other conditions.

The new rules likely won’t go into effect until at least July 2018, however, so dispensaries are still operating outside the law.

Currently the only legal way to obtain cannabis in Canada is to get a prescription, and producers with medical production licenses ship their product directly to patients.

People can also visit dispensaries, even though they are technically illegal. Edibles and concentrates are also illegal.

Until the law changes, Trudeau has been reminding and encouraging the country’s police forces to continue to enforce current law and criminally charge illegal storefronts. Some are doing so, especially in Toronto, where authorities recently raided several cannabis dispensaries, including five locations of the Cannabis Culture.

If You Are Travelling

If you are traveling to Canada and intend to sample the country’s cannabis wares, you should know that it is illegal to transport cannabis and cannabis products to or from Canada.

Likewise, people crossing into the U.S. from Canada at legal checkpoints in Washington will first face the U.S. Border Patrol, which follow federal statutes, not state laws. That makes all marijuana products illegal.

Watch What You Say….

Border agents from both countries are acting in the interests of either federal government, and they more than likely will consider any cannabis-related activities and possessions illegal. Even stating that you’re seeking cannabis or a place to enjoy it could possibly raise big legal flags.

You are not doing yourself any favors by talking to border control agents about cannabis use or activity, even as a joke. You may find yourself delayed, you and your belongings searched, or your movement across the border restricted or even denied – even by a half-hearted pot joke. Any amount of possession could also earn everything from a citation and confiscation to arrest.

What If I Get Caught?

People caught entering Canada with any amount of cannabis will most likely be turned away at the border. Canadian authorities generally are more attuned to search for firearms than cannabis, but they will still send you home.

U.S. citizens returning south can’t be denied entry because of cannabis possession, but they can be fined. Non-citizen U.S. residents could also potentially face deportation. Even admitting to having used cannabis in the past could affect future applications for legal or permanent residency.

Also, Canadian residents suggesting to U.S. authorities that they’ve used marijuana in the past can be banned entry into the U.S. permanently. There’s a loophole through which they can apply every year, but it’s $585 plus legal fees.

So the Bottom Line Is……..

The bottom line is-USE YOUR COMMON SENSE!! I do not know of any border in the world where transporting marijuana of any kind is legal, even if it is for medical use. Different countries have different rules, and we all need to respect them. I am sure nobody wants to be detained at an international border over a measly joint. I know I sure don’t!!

 

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Crossing the Border with Marijuana- Canada/ USA

  • September 7, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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    All it is going to take is time. Time for the governments of the world to learn how to maximize profits for legalizing something that should be a God given right anyways. It’s all about the money. The research has been done, the stuff is good for soo many ailments and/or just well-being. The fact that they even search for the stuff proves there’s already profit to be made. But you are right, dont act like a fool and try to transport drugs across the Canadian border, everybody knows (excluding myself of course) that the Mexican border is where you do that. I’m joking of course (and glad I never got caught). Thank you for the good read!

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    • September 8, 2017 at 11:39 am
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      Thanks for the comment Karl.
      You are right-it is all about the money. Sure, there will be taxes to pay, but if you take into account the millions of dollars that will no longer be lining the pockets of the cartels, but rather and hopefully, these dollars will be put back into the community to fund projects such as schools, infrastructure, etc.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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    Hey Brad, Ash here.

    Some helpful advice on your post , definitely a bit of wisdom and knowledge that could potentially prevent some irresponsible or unsuspecting individuals from getting into an unwanted pickle. Good to see the information on updated laws and regulations and informing people of those that may be subject to change. Great content, keep up the good work buddy.

    Cheers

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    • September 8, 2017 at 11:42 am
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      Thanks for the comment Ash.
      I am sure that as legalization ensues, changes to laws will come with it. In fact, just this morning the province of Ontario presented their list of laws that will be enforced by the Ontario police, over and above the laws that are being drafted federally. I am sure there will be many more amendments to follow.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 8:07 pm
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    Thank you for informing us on the laws of marijuana. To be honest with you they need to make up their minds is it going to be legal or not. Pretty soon I am going to think that it is a big trap to even mess with it. It is all about the dollars and eventually, it will become legal for tax purposes.

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    • September 8, 2017 at 11:45 am
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      Thanks for the comment Ronnie.
      As I replied to Ronnie above, there will be taxes-that is a given. But i would rather have that money be accounted for and used back in the community rather than giving millions of dollars to the cartels, as it is done now.
      Which would you prefer?

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  • September 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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    The info is very helpful indeed. Like you say, Common sense is the key, use your sense specially in the border..
    Agent: So tell me what do you have?
    person: Ahhh! I have some cannabis in my trunk, but, I ain’t smoking any until I get home.
    Agent: Ok…just go go home…Yeah! right!

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    • September 8, 2017 at 11:47 am
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      Hello Handres and thanks for the comment.
      I know for sure that even once the legalization has initiated, there will still be individuals that will continue to be stopped and detained at border crossings; no matter how much public education you present.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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    Wow! I had no idea that the Laws were so strict! I’m from Oregon where rec is legal now, and even before that, I worked for numerous OMMP companies, but I never traveled out of the state much less the country so i didn’t know! this is fantastic information to be giving people so they aren’t blind sighted.

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    • September 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm
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      Thanks for the comment Vee.
      I think there are many people who are not aware of the laws governing the possession of marijuana. Unfortunately, many will find out the hard way exactly what those laws are, and the consequences of them.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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    This post is expressing a caution that everyone needs to heed. Getting there and then claiming that you did not know you could not carry cannabis is not an excuse that will fly. It is also important that people be aware that the US and Canada are not likely to be in sync when the legalization passes.
    We need to stay on our toes, and do not think you can outsmart the border patrol.

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    • September 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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      Thanks for the comment Judith.
      I am sure that the laws being drafted for legalization here in Canada are going to vary greatly from US laws, since here our laws will be governed federally and some provincial legislation to add to the list, whereas in the US marijuana is not legally recognized federally, but by individual state laws. These are going to quite different for each state, so depending on just where you cross the border, is going to depend on what laws you need to abide by.
      But as I explained to Ziyaad, there will always be those who think they can outsmart border agents and if caught, will cost them dearly for years to come.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 2:02 am
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    I think in this day and age where the use of marijuana is much more prevalent and there are a lot of discussions happening all over the world regarding marijuana and its legalization or decriminalization, this is a very relevant post. I enjoyed reading this.

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    • September 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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      Thanks for the comments Ziyaad.
      I feel that as worldwide acceptance of legal marijuana happens, laws will be either stricter or will become completely lax. One has to remember taht just because here in North America the laws governing possession are being rewritten and adjusted for the year 2017, there are still places in the world that it is not legal, and probably never will be. But you will always find, no matter where, those chosen few who feel they are smarter and more conniving than law enforcement.

      cheers
      brad

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  • September 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm
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    Some wise advice here Brad.
    It’s something not all of us think about when traveling and its great you are bringing up this awareness.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • September 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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      Thanks for the comment Vince.
      Watching the news, and hearing other news stories, there seems to be a lot of people who just don’t get it, and continue to think that they can “get across” the border without being caught. Not too sure if I want to be arrested at an international border and detained solely for the sake of some pot. But then that’s me.

      cheers
      brad

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