Ahead of cannabis’ legalization in Canada on Oct. 17, Vancouver International Airport is advising passengers of how the new legislation may affect their travel plans.
“It is the responsibility of those passing through YVR to understand and adhere to all applicable local, provincial, federal and international regulations regarding the carriage and possession of cannabis,” read a statement from the airport.
In B.C., the new law will allow people 19 and over can now legally carry up to 30 grams of cannabis and can travel with it domestically within Canada, though laws may vary by province and territory.
What passengers should know
YVR is emphasizing four key points to travellers ahead of legalization on Oct. 17:
Crossing international borders with cannabis is illegal: If travelling internationally, including to the U.S., it is illegal to cross the border with cannabis. It doesn't matter whether you're leaving or entering Canada, or what the laws of your destination are. Keep in mind that YVR is also a pre-clearance airport, meaning on most U.S. flights, you clear customs and are considered to be in the U.S. before boarding your flight.
If travelling with cannabis in Canada, be aware that laws may vary by province and territory: While it is legal for adults to travel in Canada with cannabis, you should know that laws may differ where you travel. This includes legal age, where you can smoke or vape, consume and buy cannabis.
Cannabis smoking and vaping is permitted at YVR in designated areas only: If you wish to consume cannabis at YVR, smoking and vaping is permitted outside the terminal building in clearly marked areas.
It is a traveller's responsibility to know the cannabis laws wherever they travel: It is the responsibility of those passing through YVR to understand and adhere to all applicable local, provincial, federal and international regulations regarding the carriage and possession of cannabis.
For more information, passengers are encouraged to check out www.yvr.ca/cannabis where YVR policies are further detailed and link to partner websites with clear information.