Can I Fly With Cannabis
FLYING WITH MARIJUANA
Marijuana is now legal in many states and countries around the world. So is it legal to fly with cannabis you bought legally? And what about flying with medical marijuana? How about flying with edibles? Alternative Airlines is here to answer all your questions about all the rules and regulations surrounding flying with weed.
FLYING WITH MARIJUANA FAQS
What is marijuana?
Cannabis is a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant that is illegal in many places around the world. It is sometimes referred to as marijuana, weed, grass, ganja, dagga or green. Medical cannabis is sometimes used to treat pain, nausea, muscle spasms, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, insomnia and epilepsy.
Where is marijuana legal?
Canada recently became the second country in the world to fully legalize recreational marijuana (that’s cannabis that is not being consumed for medical purposes). The first country to fully legalize recreational cannabis was South Africa in 2017. Although very few other nations have fully legalized cannabis, it is decriminalized for personal use in countries such as Switzerland, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Belize, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands. In the United States, the legality of cannabis will depend on individual state law. Please see below for a map detailing the legality of cannabis according to state in the USA. In the states marked in dark green, cannabis is legal for recreational purposes. The states marked in bright-blue show where cannabis is legal for medical purposes
Can I fly with marijuana between legalised states in the US?
Although the sale of recreational marijuana is allowed in certain US states (see above), cannabis is still an illegal drug according to federal law (the law that governs the country as a whole). This means that flying with marijuana is illegal, even between legalised states. Therefore, if cannabis is found on a passenger at airport security, even if the drug is legal in that state, the airport may be required to contact local law enforcement. The law enforcement officer will then verify if the cannabis is within the state-legal amount and then decide whether to take the case any further.
Can I fly with marijuana between the US and Canada?
Even though recreational marijuana consumption is legal in many parts of the United States and Canada, it remains illegal to fly with cannabis across the Canadian border. This rule applies even if you’re are authorised to use cannabis for medical purposes and regardless of the quantity of cannabis you’re flying with.
Can I travel with medical cannabis within California?
Los Angeles Airport (more commonly known as LAX) has recently announced that it will allow passengers to travel through the airport with small amounts of marijuana(for both medical and recreational purposes) in their carry-on baggage. The marijuana must be in line with the regulations outlined in Proposition 64, which states that individuals over 21 years old are able to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana for personal consumption. As mentioned before, it is important to be aware that flying with cannabis is still illegal under federal law in the USA. This means that cannabis cannot be transported to any other state even if the drug is legal in the state you are traveling to. Airport security may also call law enforcement to verify that the quantity of marijuana is within the state-legal amount.
Can I travel with medical marijuana within Canada?
Officials at Montreal’s Trudeau airport recently announced that passengers flying on domestic flights within Canada are able to travel with up to 150g of medical marijuana, as long as their have their medical certificate on their person. Passengers flying with medical marijuana should be prepared to show their medical documentation if they are flying with a quantity of medical marijuana that exceeds the recreational cannabis limit (30g or 100ml of cannabis oil). If the quantity of cannabis the passenger is flying with exceeds the legal limit, airport authorities will be required to contact the police. Passengers are prohibited from flying with marijuana of any kind (including edibles) out of the country, even if the country they are travelling to has legalised cannabis.It is recommended that you pack all medication in your carry-on baggage where it is easily accessible at security. To find out more about flying with different medicines and medical conditions, please visit our passenger services page. If you have recently had surgery and are wondering if you are fit to fly, please visit our flying after surgery page.
Can I fly with marijuana in a checked bag?
According to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in the USA, flying with cannabis in a checked bag remains illegal under federal law in the USA. In Canada, however, the Federal Transport minister recently announced that passengers flying domestically within Canada are able to carry up to 30g of marijuana (or 100ml of cannabis oil) for personal use. It is important to be aware that it is still illegal to transport cannabis over the Canadian border, even if flying with medical marijuana.
What are the rules for flying with marijuana in Canada?
In the majority of countries around the world, it is illegal to fly with cannabis under any circumstances. For flights within Canada (where cannabis is now legal) the transport authority has recently announced that, from October 17th, 2018, passengers will be able to fly with up to 30g of cannabis (100ml of cannabis oil), or up to 150g of medical cannabis, in their checked baggage. However, as cannabis has only recently become legalized in Canada, the rules and restrictions surrounding flying with cannabis are still being developed and may be subject to change. Be please be aware that it remains illegal to fly with cannabis over the Canadian border under any circumstances.
Is it legal to fly with edibles?
Edibles are any kind of food or drink that has been infused or made with cannabis products. Flying with edibles is illegal in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and most countries around the world. On domestic flights within Canada, flying with up to 30g of cannabis products (including flying with edibles) is legal, provided the marijuana is kept in your check baggage and is solely intended for personal use. Please note it is strictly against the law to fly with edibles over the US/Canadian border (even if the state you are flying to in the US has legalized marijuana).
Information offered by Alternative Airlines.