Not declaring cannabis in your possession at the Canadian border is a serious criminal offence. Additionally, receiving or sending cannabis in any form into or out of Canada by mail or courier is also illegal. Unauthorized purchases from outside Canada (online or other) will be confiscated at the border. You could be arrested and prosecuted.
Canadians travelling to the U.S. for reasons related to the cannabis industry may be denied entry.
It is illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border, whether you are entering or leaving the country. You could be charged with a criminal offence if you try to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in your possession. This includes edible cannabis, cannabis topicals and cannabis extracts, as well as products containing CBD. This applies to all countries, whether cannabis is legal there or not.
Travelling with cannabis within Canada
If you are entering Canada and you have cannabis with you in any form, you must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Saunders said anyone feeling uncomfortable with questioning on current or past use, or who may have products on them, can always withdraw their application for entry into the U.S.
Here are three tips from Len Saunders, a lawyer based in Blaine, Wash. who represents both travellers given the bans. Watch the full interview for more detailed answers.
"CBD, THC… You cannot have those products on you when entering the United States. That will also result in a denied entry and the lifetime bar."
2. Don’t carry cannabis byproducts
"It’s better to have a simple denied entry than to basically put yourself in a situation where you’re deemed inadmissible for life and need waivers."
In light of recent lifetime entry bans granted to two Canadians, we asked an expert what border-crossers should know ahead of time.
1. Never have cannabis on you
"They have no right to have you self-incriminate at the U.S. border," he said.
"Leafy cannabis, you cannot have that on you entering the United States. That is the absolute worst thing to do, is to have leafy product on you when entering," Saunders said.