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Flying with Cannabis – Official CATSA Guidelines


Will you be flying within Canada soon? The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has clear guidelines on how to travel with cannabis when flying within Canada.

Their website indicates that you can carry medical cannabis in checked or carry-on luggage. If the amount you are carrying appears to exceed the legal limit for recreational possession (30 grams), you should be prepared to show medical documentation. Police may be called to verify the documents.

Cannabis oil is subject to the 100 ml limit at pre-board screening and must be placed with other liquids, aerosols and gels in a 1-litre clear closed and re-sealable plastic bag.

We recommend that passengers pack medical cannabis in their carry-on to avoid unnecessary delays that may be caused by random luggage searches or drug-sniffing dogs.

Hopefully this clarification to the guidelines will make flying with medical cannabis in Canada a much simpler, quicker and less stressful activity for Canadians.

Here are the guidelines we have been providing to patients for some time now for travelling with medical cannabis:

In General

  • You can only travel with cannabis within Canada. Don’t bring it in, don’t take it out.
    • Flying outside of Canada with cannabis is illegal, even when travelling to other jurisdictions where cannabis is legal.
    • If you attempt to take it outside of the country you may face serious consequences as a result of foreign government’s more strict medical cannabis rules.
  • Always keep your product in the original packaging.
    • This makes it easier to identify your medical cannabis as medication.
  • Always bring your CanniMed Card and Registration Document.
    • These documents show your official status as a patient and contain information that will assist authorities in answering any questions they have.
  • Never travel with more than your 30-day limit.
    • Federal law prohibits you from bringing more than that with you, regardless of how long you will be gone from home.

When Flying

  • Pack your medical cannabis in an easy-to-reach place in your carry-on luggage, along with your paperwork.
    • You will save time for yourself and others if you can get to everything quickly.
    • CATSA recommends that you DO NOT pack medical cannabis in your checked luggage.
  • You are NOT allowed to smoke or vape while onboard the plane, or in most airports. Be sure to consume any medicine you need before you depart.

We hope that wherever your journey takes you, that you arrive safe and sound!

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