Canada To Allow Airline Passengers To Travel With Cannabis

PUBLISHED: May 19, 2019

Canadian airplane passengers will be able to carry cannabis in their luggage. However, there are specific rules that they must abide by to do so.


According to MSN, passengers who would like to travel with the substance must only have a maximum of 30 grams in their possession when they arrive at the airport. Delphine Denis, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Marc Garneau, issued a statement about this new rule that will go into effect as soon as the recreational drug becomes legalized in Canada.


“After October 17, 2018, passengers will be permitted to have a legal amount of cannabis, which is 30 grams, in either their carry on or checked bag, if they are flying to a domestic destination (i.e. within Canada),” she told AFP.


There are a few more catches, however. Passengers are still prohibited to travel internationally with the substance. This includes flying across the border into the United States, as well. “Doing so can result in serious criminal penalties,” Denis continued.


On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Canada will officially become the second country in the world – behind Uruguay – to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Canada will also be the first Group of Seven (G7) member to do so. This new rule states that people can have up to 30 grams of the drug and up to four cannabis plants in each household.


It’s still illegal for passengers to smoke the substance on planes. As of right now, officials are working on signs that explain the new rules for traveling with cannabis for a number of Canadian airports, railway stations and ferry and cruise terminals. This includes ports where passengers travel to the United States, as well.