Legalization of Cannabis
The following content is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
Cannabis is now legal in Canada. On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act and a number of supporting regulations and ministerial orders came into force, legalizing and strictly regulating the sale, possession and production of cannabis in Canada. When you are travelling within Canada, it is your responsibility to learn the laws of the province or territory you are going to. If you use cannabis, follow the laws in that jurisdiction.
What our guests need to know about cannabis at the Saint John Airport (YSJ):
- Recreational cannabis cannot be consumed on YSJ airport property.
- Cannabis cannot be stored on YSJ airport property for any length of time.
- Any person with more than 30 grams on their person while at YSJ airport may be subject to criminal prosecution. Cannabis will be confiscated.
What passengers need to know about flying within Canada:
- You are responsible for knowing what is legal in the province or territory you live and where you plan to visit. It is important to note that each province or territory and city within Canada may have differing restrictions on cannabis. Allowable possession limits, minimum age, where cannabis may be used in public, and other restrictions may differ. To learn more about the regulations in each province visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/laws-regulations/provinces-territories.html
- Recreational and medical cannabis can be transported within Canada on flights, in both your carry on or checked luggage. Guests should be prepared with proper documentation and allowable amounts to avoid confiscation.
- The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has helpful tips on what can and cannot be stored in your check or carry-on luggage. To learn more visit: https://www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca/en/search/site/cannabis?f%5B0%5D=type%3Awhat_to_pack
What Canadians need to know when flying to New Brunswick:
- Cannabis NB is the only legal retailer.
- Consuming cannabis in public is not permitted.
- People aged 19 and older may have up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent in their possession when outside their home.
What passengers need to know before flying internationally:
- Don’t take cannabis out of Canada. Don’t bring cannabis into Canada. No matter the quantity.
- Flying across Canada’s International borders with cannabis, recreational or medicinal — remains illegal. Doing so can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad. Find out more at Travel.gc.ca/cannabis
- Travellers to the United States. Do not attempt to cross the Canada-U.S. border with any amount of cannabis in any form, even if you are travelling to a U.S. state that has legalized possession of cannabis. If you do so you can expect legal prosecution and fines, and possibly jail time.
- As a traveller, it is your responsibility to be informed about the laws of the country you intend to visit. This includes the legal status of cannabis use and possession in any country you may travel to.
Know the facts before you fly. Visit the following links to learn more.
Even with Canada's legalization of cannabis, it remains illegal to take cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada's international borders. Doing so can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad. Find out more at Travel.gc.ca/cannabis
Cannabis and the border. Are you entering Canada? Leaving Canada? To learn more visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis/border.html
Cannabis in the provinces and territories. For links to all provinces and territories, with a brief outline of what is legal there (as of October 17, 2018) visit the Government of Canada website: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/laws-regulations/provinces-territories.html
Cannabis in New Brunswick. Using cannabis is a personal choice. New Brunswickers are urged to learn the rules and take the legal route should they choose to consume. To learn more visit, the Government of New Brunswick website. https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/cannabis.html
Cannabis NB is the only legal retailer in New Brunswick. To learn more visit cannabis-nb.com.
Cannabis in Canada. Get the Facts. To learn more visit www.canada.ca.
Cannabis Legalization and Regulation in Canada. To learn more visit: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/cannabis/