Cannabis and the border – Declare it!

If you do have cannabis when coming into Canada, you must declare it to the CBSA. Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out.


Man's voice: Son of a biscuit! Marijuana’s legal now! Can’t I bring it in?

A man arrives in his car at a Canadian land border crossing. He holds up a bag containing cannabis product to show it to the border services officer. A bag has a cannabis leaf icon on it. The icon has a red circle and slash through it.

Narrator: It’s still illegal to take cannabis across an international border.

The man hands his bag of cannabis product to the border services officer.

Forgot you brought it with you?

An outdoor scene of a land border crossing appears. Cars, trucks and vans drive up to the entrance of the land border crossing. Some vehicles containing cannabis products are marked with cannabis leaf icons; the icons all have a red circle and slash through them. The leaf icon is removed from any marked vehicles as they reach the border crossing and placed in the border crossing building.

In the distance we see an airport with planes arriving and departing. The planes are marked with the same cannabis leaf icons as the cars.

Make sure you declare it. Not declaring it is a customs offence that could result in enforcement action taken against you.

A map of Canada appears. A pair of handcuffs appears on the screen. The clasps of the handcuffs are each made of a cannabis leaf icon with a red circle and slash.

Cannabis leaf icons with red circles and slashes appear on the map of Canada bouncing around the screen. Icons within the Canadian border stay within Canada; icons outside of the border stay outside.

A message appears on screen: “Keep It Legal. Don’t Bring It In. Don’t Take It Out.” The website of the Canada Border Services Agency appears at the bottom of the screen –

Keep it legal. Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out.

A copyright message appears: “Copyright Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 2018” followed by the Government of Canada Wordmark which includes a waving Canadian flag.

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