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User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 986 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3528 times:

I have a friend who works for CALM (Cannabis As A Living Medicine). One of her clients is travelling YYZ - YVR return, and he was concerned about transporting his medicine. They called Health Canada, who called both airports and the airline to make them aware of his travelling with his controvercial medication.
I just thought it was rather interesting to see Health Canada go to all that effort to accommodate them. Way to go!

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User currently offlineRuscoe From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

Is Medicinal Cannabis legal in Canada?

Maybe they called in order to pre-warn for arrest.

There are plenty of legal alternatives available, to provide relief to those with terminal conditions.

It just has too many long term side effects itself to use for anybody without a terminal condition.

Sometimes advising authorities does not have the desired outcome.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Let's leave the debate about the legality and controversy about "illegal" drugs for another forum.

Your friend should find out whether posession of marijuana, whether under a recommendation or not, is legal in anyway in Canada. If medical marijuana IS legal, then she needs to find out exactly what the regulations require her (in terms of certification/prescriptions) to obtain, and what the airlines' policies are.

My feeling is that Canada will not permit any marijuana in a public place, so I'm afraid she's probably out of luck. She could take a chance and mail it, but I imagine that's a crime as well.

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User currently offlineRuscoe From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 2):
Let's leave the debate about the legality and controversy about "illegal" drugs for another forum

Yes you're right of course, but the matter of what "medicines" can be taken through an airport, especially on international flights, is of great interest to Commercial Aviation travellers.
(Especially the older ones like myself)

Some years back an Australian young woman spent a week in a Greek jail after being arrested at an airport, for having a painkiller containing codeine in her possesion. This can be obtained over the counter from a pharmacist here, if mixed with Paracetamol (acetominophen) or aspirin.

A great many people travel with legally prescibed narcotics, without incident however.

I think the recommendation is to make sure it is in its original packaging with the chemists label still on it. A letter is often obtained from the doctor also, listing prescribed medicines.

Interesting that the big problem in Australia is travellers taking excessive quantities of medicines out of Australia, purchased at a highly subsidised price, to give to relatives or sell once they get overseas, for a profit.

As an example because of a Govt Health Scheme here called the PBS (pharmaceutical benefits scheme), a drug which costs say $1000 can be purchesd for no more than $5. For that reason in Australia you are just as likely to be "pulled up" taking medicnes out of the country as bringing them in.


User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3104 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

It is legal here and providing yout have a health canada card and that specifies the amount you are allowed.

Simple then..you can travel...Airlines nor security makes the decision on legality. The supreme court made that decision. However make sure documents are in order....an expired card is not good enough. 1 gram over the allowed weight is not good.


Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3754 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Legal marijuana is legal in Canada (as it should be for everyone). When is he travelling between YYZ-YVR and back? I'm flying that route next week. I'd be more than happy to help him use up his supply so he can replenish in YVRBig grin

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