The legalization of cannabis has sparked a variety of questions for Canadian businesses and customers alike. Abrar Suri, Strategic Account Manager at Purolator, breaks down these new regulations to answer your questions on how to comply with The Cannabis Act.
Canada legalized the use of recreational cannabis in October 2018, but delivery providers have had a longer period of time to prepare for shipping cannabis. The road to cannabis legalization started back in 2001, when Canada allowed mail-ordered medical cannabis. This was a service that required strict handling regulations throughout the supply chain. Now, logistics providers can use many of those shipping regulations to comply with the additional shipments contributed by The Cannabis Act. 1 Fast forward to 2019, Health Canada has added cannabis extracts, cannabis topicals, and edible cannabis to The Cannabis Act – bringing a need for further regulations to be implemented.
Firstly, what should you know about mailing cannabis?
Medicinally, only a licensed producer – approved by Health Canada – can ship medical cannabis to patients registered on Health Canada’s network.
While retail cannabis stores throughout the country closed during COVID-19 lockdown, government officials announced that the delivery of cannabis products would be available to Canadians during the pandemic. The provision of cannabis delivery is contingent on retailers continuing to comply with all laws and regulations that ensure cannabis is not sold or delivered to anyone under legal age limits established by the provinces.
Health Canada has put strict regulations in place for the delivery of cannabis to ensure its security in transit. As a business, customer or simply as a Canadian, by informing yourself of these regulations, you’ll secure yourself a trouble-free process.
In the Netherlands cannabis seeds are legal and may be bought and sold. However, the legislation is unclear about the amount of cannabis seeds you can buy or sell without promoting large-scale breeding. What might be amazing is that growing more than 5 cannabis plants is illegal in Holland and is seen as a criminal act. However, if you cultivate a maximum of 5 cannabis plants it will be tolerated by the Dutch law.
Spain is a decentralized country with autonomous regions that can define their own regulations. Nevertheless, the policy of the provinces on cannabis seeds is almost the same everywhere: buying and selling cannabis seeds in Spain is permitted for private use. It’s therefore not strictly illegal to own and grow a few cannabis seeds in Spain unless it can be proven that you are planning to trade in weed.
Please note: as a German grower you have to buy your seeds from a source within the EU.
Is it possible to buy cannabis seeds in Italy legally?
Are you a Canadian resident and planning to buy cannabis seeds? Good news! The federal government made it legal to grow four plants per household. However, the seeds have to be bought from a legal domestic source and laws concerning home growth vary from province to province. For example in B.C, plants may not be visible to the public and in New Brunswick the plants must be in a confined space..
The bad news is, there are only a few legal selling points and the choice is very limited. Many Canadian growers therefore buy their seeds from seed banks outside Canada.
Please note: as the postal service in South Africa is pretty slow, please buy your seeds at least a month upfront the start of your culture
South Africa has a strange policy when it comes to cannabis seeds. In South Africa the purchase and sale of cannabis seeds is prohibited, but you may have cannabis seeds in your possession. Many customers therefore purchase their seeds online.
But you can’t always ship them or receive them in the mail.
Any good seed bank offers stealth shipping, in which they hide the seeds inside some other object. In this way, they can easily get past a customs inspection.
If you buy from an online store, it should warn you if you are attempting to buy a species that can’t be mailed. In fact, at the time of writing, Amazon had just banned all seed sales from overseas to the US, due to unidentified seed packets being mailed from China.
Things are completely different from one jurisdiction to another. On top of that, they are constantly changing. I hope the guidelines we gave you above helped you somewhat, but if you are planning on sending or receiving any kind of seeds, but especially marijuana seeds, we strongly encourage you to do your own research as to the legal situation.
Most people asking if it is illegal to send seeds in the mail are talking about cannabis seeds.
There are far too many plant species to list here and different jurisdictions deem different plants dangerous or invasive. You’ll need to find out whether the species you want to send or receive can legally be shipped to or from your location.
Before we get to that: a warning. Actually, two warnings. First, nothing written on this page, or indeed anywhere on this site, constitutes legal advice. Second, we do not condone any illegal activity. If it is not legal for you to send or receive certain seeds, do not do it.