Canada’s new cannabis laws confuse even the CBSA

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The use of cannabis is legal in Canada. The Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, was passed by Canada’s House of Commons on November 27, 2018 and the Senate on June 7, 2018.  Bill C-45 received royal assent on June 21, 2018.  Most provisions of the Cannabis Act entered into force on October 17, 2018. However, the importation of cannabis into Canada (even for medical purposes) without a license is still ILLEGAL.

Think of it this way – what happens in Canada, stays in Canada.  There is a difference at the Canadian border – the rules are different at the border in and out.  The government has even created a pamphlet “Don’t travel internationally with cannabis“.

At the Canadian border (land border and airport clearance), the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) will detain you and read you your rights and place you in a holding cell if you import cannabis or other illegal narcotics, illegal drugs, etc..

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