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What American Tourists Should Know About the Legalization of Marijuana in Canada

A lot of people are excited about cannabis. When many states in the US legalized the use of cannabis, the excitement increased even more. When news broke that Canada had legalized the use of marijuana, the marijuana community was thrown into a frenzy. A lot of people fancy visiting Canada for one reason or the other. As a tourist destination, there’s so much that you can enjoy in Canada. For a tourist who enjoys cannabis, there’s so much more that you need to know before you plan your trip.

Like any other trip, planning is key to making sure you have the time of your life when you’re in Canada. If you’re a cannabis user, now more than ever, you shouldn’t buy into the craziness. If you make your trip blindly, you might end up having a terrible time in Canada. There are a few things that you need to know which will help you plan around the use of cannabis in Canada. You wouldn’t want to end up on the wrong side of the law.

Here are some things that you need to keep in mind as you plan your trip:

Age Restriction

You must be at least 18 years old to use recreational cannabis in Canada. However, there are some provinces where the age limit is 19. You must be aware of this, considering that sale, distribution or even production of cannabis to minors in Canada is an offense, and you could end up facing a long time in jail. In the US, you need to be 21 for recreational use of marijuana. Therefore, perhaps this would make things easier for you since the age is higher back home.

Getting In with Weed

While marijuana is legal in several states in the US, it’s still prohibited under federal law. Therefore, chances are high that you might have problems with the DEA if you’re found with marijuana at the airport. Now, crossing over into Canada, you cannot carry marijuana into Canada across the border. This is a federal crime, and you will be prosecuted. This applies even if you’re going to a state in Canada where cannabis is legal.

There are certain exceptions to having marijuana on you, but since legislation can be a gray area, it’s wise not to test the waters. For example, at LAX, you’re allowed to carry marijuana, but only in small quantities. If you’re moving from Vancouver to Montreal, for example, you are allowed to carry marijuana, as long as you meet the age requirement, and your supply is limited to 30 grams.

Other than these, there are some basics that you also need to be aware of when you visit Canada, as outlined below:

  • You should never drive while you’re intoxicated or on a cannabis high.
  • You should never bring cannabis into the country. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to a province where cannabis is legal, just don’t do it.
  • If you are leaving Canada with cannabis, you will be arrested by the US Border Patrol. You can get off with a fine, though.