Cannabis at the Airport

Cannabis at the Airport

In Canada, recreational cannabis use became legal on October 17, 2018. It is each traveller's respective responsibility to understand how the laws around cannabis affect them and their travel.

Cannabis Use at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport
Consistent with provincial law regarding public areas, recreational cannabis use is prohibited on airport property. This includes the areas outside the terminal building designated for tobacco smoking.

Consistent with provincial law, medicinal cannabis use is allowed as long as it is not within 8 meters of any building. You may be asked to present documentation if using medicinal cannabis on the airport campus.

Travelling within Canada
Travellers are permitted to fly within Canada with up to 30 grams of cannabis. You will have to be of legal age, which is 18 or 19 years of age, depending on the province or territoryIt is illegal to travel with any more than this amount for non-medicinal purposes.

Those travelling with medical marijuana will be asked to present medical documentation when the amount declared or discovered during screening appears to be more than the legal limit for recreational cannabis.

Cannabis oil is subject to the 100 ml limit at security screening and must be placed with other liquids, aerosols and gels in a clear, resealable plastic bag no more than 1-litre in capacity.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are legally travelling within Canada with cannabis and your flight diverts into the United States, you may be required to disembark from the aircraft and go through U.S. Customs. Please be aware that in these circumstances you will be subject to applicable United States law regarding cannabis possession.

Regulations overseeing travel while impaired have not changed. Airline employees have the authority to refuse service to a passenger they believe to be impaired.

Travelling Across International Borders
Although cannabis is legal and regulated within Canada, it is still illegal to take cannabis across national borders, regardless of whether you are exiting from or returning to Canada. It is still a serious criminal offence subject to arrest and prosecution.

To find out more, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

Travelling to the United States
Though the possession of cannabis is legal in some U.S. states, it remains illegal under U.S. federal laws in any form and quantity, and it is still illegal to bring it across the Canada-U.S. border.

Previous use of cannabis could mean that you are denied entry to the U.S. Concerned travellers should check with immigration authorities to determine the impact of U.S. laws on their particular situation.

Although cannabis will be legal in Canada, travellers should not attempt to cross the border with any amount of cannabis in any form, even if you are travelling to a U.S. state that has legalized possession of cannabis. If you do so, you can expect fines and/or legal prosecution up to and including jail time.