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Is It Illegal To Bring Weed Seeds On A Plane
The two largest countries that allow adults to purchase, possess, and consume recreational marijuana (cannabis), Canada and the US, have very different laws and regulations when it comes to air travel. Anyone who plans to travel by air in either of these two countries should be aware of some of those laws and regulations, as well as some of the important differences between how the two countries deal with recreational marijuana. The following are some of the questions that an air traveler may ask about marijuana when it comes to air travel in the US and Canada.
For some of the questions, the answers may be different depending on which country is involved.
Basic questions and answers
Can I bring marijuana to the airport?
US: Maybe. It is only legal to do so in those jurisdiction where it is legal to possess marijuana. It depends on what you plan on doing once you are at the airport. If you are flying and have to go past security screening, marijuana is not allowed. The secure part of the airport, which is the area beyond TSA screening, is under federal control, and marijuana is not allowed in any area under federal jurisdiction, including aircraft and aircraft boarding areas. If the airport is in a state that allows the possession of marijuana, the state or local jurisdiction may have less restrictive rules in the non-secure area of the airport. However, some airports may choose to ban marijuana from all airport property. If this is not the case, then you may possess marijuana so long as you stay outside of the secure areas of the airport and don’t go through the TSA screening stations.
Canada: Yes, but with one exception. Canada does not allow marijuana to cross any international border, so marijuana is not allowed in any section of the airport where you first have to pass through customs.
Can I bring marijuana on the plane?
US: No. You are not allowed to bring marijuana on the plane. All aircraft in the US operate under federal laws and regulation, and the transport of marijuana by air is prohibited.
Canada: Yes, but only if the aircraft is on a domestic flight within Canada. Marijuana is not allowed on any international flight to or from Canada.
What happens if my plane is diverted to the US or Canada?
US: The aircraft, including all passengers, crew, baggage, and cargo would be under US jurisdiction, and anyone in possession of marijuana may be subject to US laws, which could include, fines, arrest, and being refused entry into the US in the future.
Canada: It is illegal to import marijuana into Canada, so if you have marijuana or products containing marijuana with you, you must declare them to the Canada Border Services Agency
Can I put marijuana in a checked bag?
US: No. Marijuana is not allowed on an aircraft either in carry on bags, checked bags, or cargo. All aircraft in the US operate under federal laws and regulation, and the transport of marijuana by air is prohibited.
Canada: Yes, but only if the aircraft is on a domestic flight within Canada.
Can I mail or ship my marijuana before I get on the plane?
US: No. Federal law prohibits sending marijuana through the mail or through shipping services like FedEx and UPS. All aircraft in the US operate under federal laws and regulation, and the transport of marijuana by air is prohibited.
Canada: Yes. Marijuana can be mailed in Canada, but only to addresses within Canada.
Can I have my marijuana delivered by drone?
US: No. US federal law prohibits aircraft operators, including operators of drones, from carrying marijuana on that aircraft. This would be the case even if you are using your own personal drone. There are a number of US federal laws and regulations related to marijuana, many of which have potentially severe penalties for both the drone operator and the marijuana customer.
Canada: Other than crossing international borders, there are no specific restrictions on flying marijuana on a drone use other than the laws and regulations regarding recreational and commercial drone operations.
Can I fly after consuming marijuana?
US and Canada: Yes, but it may not be a good idea. While US and Canadian laws don’t prohibit passengers from flying under the influence of drugs, if you are intoxicated, your airline may prevent you from boarding your aircraft. Also, if you fly while intoxicated, you may not be able to react appropriately in emergency situations, and your behavior may be affected in a way that makes you a hazard to crew members and other passengers.
Because some forms of marijuana, particularly edible marijuana products, may take a while before the intoxicating effects are evident, if you consume marijuana shortly before getting on board, you may become intoxicated during the flight.
Can I smoke marijuana in a designated airport smoking area?
US: No. These smoking areas are public areas for smoking of tobacco products, not marijuana. Also, the states that do allow the consumption of marijuana typically prevent users from doing so in public view, including areas where the public is allowed to smoke of tobacco products.
Canada: Maybe. It will depend on the local laws and regulations.
Can I consume marijuana at the airport if I am not smoking it?
US and Canada: That will depend on the local laws applicable at that airport.
What is considered out of the public view at the airport?
US and Canada: That is up to the interpretation of the law enforcement organizations at that particular airport, and whether there are restrictions on the use of marijuana on airport property.
Can I fly with medical marijuana if I have a prescription?
US: No. Federal law does not allow any kind of marijuana, whether it is medical or recreational marijuana, on airliners or in the secure parts of the airport terminal (beyond the TSA screening stations), and it does not matter if you have a prescription for medical marijuana.
Canada: Yes, but only if the aircraft is on a domestic flight within Canada. Medical marijuana is treated the same as recreational marijuana, and is also not allowed on any international flight to or from Canada.
Am I allowed to fly into an airport with marijuana?
US: No. The US government does not allow marijuana aboard airliners, so if you have somehow managed to bring marijuana with you on your inbound flight, you have broken the law, and may be subject to arrest and prosecution by federal authorities.
Canada: Yes, but only if the flight was a domestic flight entirely within Canada.
Are non-citizens allowed to travel from overseas to consume marijuana?
US: Maybe. If your stated purpose of travel, either upon entry or when applying for a visa, is to consume or purchase marijuana, then you may be refused entry on your current trip and restricted from entry in the future. If the purpose of our visit is for another reason, once you enter the US, you are allowed to purchase and consume only in those states where it is legal to do so.
Canada: Yes. While there is no restriction on the part of Canadian authorities, you may be in violations of the laws or regulations of your home country, or of any country you enter after leaving Canada.
Can I enter or leave the country carrying marijuana-related items?
US: Maybe. Federal law prohibits the importation or export of any drug paraphernalia used to consume marijana. If you are not a US citizen, US authorities may confiscate items that are not not directly related to the use or production marijuana, for example clothing depicting marijuana plants.
Canada: Yes. So long as any items contain no trace of marijuana residue. Keep in mind that there may be restrictions in the country you departed prior to entering Canada.
Ask a Stoner: Can I Take Seeds and Hash Equipment Out of the Country?
Dear Stoner: I would like to buy some seeds and hash-making materials when I visit Denver this month from Brazil. What’s the best way to do that?
Dear Felipe: You can find both of those here with relative ease — check our online list for dispensaries that carry seeds — but it’s not worth the risk of taking any of it home. Depending on what type of hash-making materials you need (which can range from bubble bags and ice cubes to a closed-loop extraction system), you should be able to purchase them online, as virtually all such supplies can be used for reasons other than cannabis extraction. Just do that instead.
Flying with cannabis seeds is illegal in the U.S., but seeds have been sold internationally via mail order for years, with Dutch and Spanish seed banks shipping to countries around the globe no matter what the laws say. Those seeds aren’t always females, however, and I’ve heard reports of varying luck with the genetic and growing results. My suggestion would be to either buy the seeds here and ship them home, or order them online to be delivered to to your door. or a friend’s, if you’re scared.
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“Can I Carry Marijuana Seeds on a Flight?” And All the Other Travel Questions You Forgot to Ask
What about flying with actual weed? Border crossings? How about seeds in checked luggage? In the time of broader legalization, it can be a huge help to know before you go.
So, the US, Canada, Uruguay, and The Netherlands all have pretty straight forward and stoner friendly recreational cannabis laws, but that doesn’t actually mean you should be climbing on a plane with fresh seeds or hash anytime soon. What about travelling with a few precious nugs? That also can be stickier than a strain of white widow.
For most cannabis related travel, it’s often best to stick to online retailers when it comes to toting marijuana seeds and paraphernalia. While it may not land you in cuffs, you are apt to lose the precious cargo that you’ve gone out of your way to acquire. When in doubt, mail it out- but in the meantime, here’s a handy guide for those prefer to travel high class.
Can You Bring Seeds on an Airplane? Best Not.
In fact, most seeds- whether they’re for weed or actual tomato plants, shouldn’t be brought across borders. Many countries have some pretty strict policies about vegetation from other countries crossing their borders. In most states of the US, possession of marijuana seeds isn’t actually illegal, nor is receiving them via your local postie. However, flying with these little guys is illegal.
Stories abound of clever little hiding hacks when it comes to the transport of seeds, rolling them up in socks, putting them inside trail mix, one user even commented that you can dip them in wax and glue them onto clothing… however, all of these transport “options” require you to remove seeds from their protective packaging. This can expose seeds to excess moisture, bacteria, or other bits that can inhibit future growth. With the long-time legitimacy of mail order programs, there’s really no reason to risk confiscation, fines, or the health of your seeds. So it’s best to think twice before trying to smuggle feminized seeds on a flight.
What About Pipes and Bongs? Go For It.
Smoking devices are another part of weed culture that can also easily be purchased online or mailed directly to your door. So if you’re worried about it, go ahead and slip it into the local post office before you travel. However, as long as there isn’t any weed in them, there’s no law that says you can’t travel with these devices- as long as it’s apparent that their intended use is for “tobacco products only”.
Despite the obvious overtones of bongs, pipes, and vaporizers being used for weed consumption; as long as there is no weed or resin to be found, it’s pretty hard to prove that’s your intention. When flying, TSA agents don’t look specifically for drug paraphernalia, but if they find it, it can be subject to further screening and scrutiny. So if you are packing glass, make sure that it’s not only squeaky clean, but you also pencil in some extra time for a possible chat with custom officials.
Flying High? All Signs Point to Yes.
If you’re in a weed friendly country and prefer a toke to settle the nerves of travel, go for it. As long as you’re not in possession of the devil’s lettuce, you can be mostly as high as you want in an airport. There are rules that restrict visibly intoxicated passengers from flying, but that rarely applies to someone with red eyes.
Better yet, consider toting an incognito edible along for the ride. Custom agents are not equipped to test foods that passengers bring with them, so as long as you don’t have a label on your brownie that says it’s pumped full of THC goodness, you should be alright. Edibles are ideal for flying because they usually take a little while to kick in. So if you’re not comfortable toting a cookie for your in flight entertainment, you can always eat before you hit the airport.
Can I Bring Weed on a Flight? Depends.
Flying with actual nuggets is a little less straightforward than some of the other recommendations we have for you. Flying with weed depends heavily on how much you’re carrying, where you’re at to begin with, and where you’re headed. Keep in mind, that in a large majority of the world, weed is still criminalized. So anytime you risk flying with marijuana, you risk jail time.
That being said, hopping an interprovincial flight in Canada with less than 30g isn’t really a problem. In fact, it’s totally legal as long as you’re of age and aren’t toking up on airport grounds. Running around LAX to SFO, or getting a flight across Oregon and you’re not bound to run into many troubles. As long as the amount of weed you have on you is negligible, and you don’t plan on crossing any non-weed friendly borders, you can generally get away with your pot unscathed. A few TSA agents out of California have even reported that their primary goal is “education” over incarceration. So in most recreationally legal states, you won’t be able to fly with it, but you’re unlikely to go to jail should you be caught packing.