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Feds: Taking cannabis products into Canada continue to be illegal

Feds: Taking cannabis products into Canada continue to be illegal

Dina Al-Shibeeb
Travelers can’t bring cannabis products into Canada without declaring them. (File image via the Canadian Press)

Bringing any cannabis products into Canada remains to be illegal, Travel Canada on Wednesday reminded citizens in a tweet.

Bringing cannabis products into Canada will remain illegal and can result in “serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.”

Travel Canada’s reminder comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Oct. 17 as the official date for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

On Oct. 17, Canada will be the first G7 country to legalize recreational marijuana and the second after Uruguay.

Bringing cannabis products remains illegal “even if you are travelling from places that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis,” it said in clear reference to neighboring United States.

There are 30 U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana and nine others where recreational is also legal.  

“Transporting cannabis used for medical purposes will also remain illegal,” it added.

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“Travellers entering Canada can contribute to a smooth border crossing by understanding and complying with their obligations at the Canadian border.

“If you do have cannabis or products containing cannabis with you when you enter Canada, you must declare them to the Canada Border Services Agency.”

Those who do not declare cannabis products when entering Canada, they can “face enforcement action, including arrest and prosecution.”

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