Canada’s Cannabis Act has just about taken centerstage when it comes to discussions about marijuana legalization. Over the past few days, we have brought you different aspects of the new law.
But there are still more provisions to the new law that would bring legal recreational cannabis to every Canadian adult. Here are everything else that you need to know about the Cannabis Act.
1. Travelers in and out of Canada: Remember, there are no changes to the border rules!
While recreational marijuana use might be legal in Canada when the Cannabis Act comes into full effect, it will still be illegal to bring in or take out cannabis or anything that contains cannabis in and out of the country. This is because the Cannabis Act will not change the country’s border rules. In fact, you could get in serious trouble if you transport cannabis in or out of the country. This also applies to medical marijuana as well.
In case you have cannabis while you travel to Canada, you would need to declare it at the border. If you do not do this, the country’s Border Services Agency might initiate enforcement actions, including prosecution and arrest.
In 2016, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority also came out with a set of guidelines when you are flying in with medical marijuana. If you need medical pot, you should have all the documentations with you. You would still need to talk to the police but it would only be to verify the paperwork. If there are no officers in the airport, airport personnel will get your details and pass it on to local authorities, who would do the verification. The agency also recommends that you put all your medication in your carry on.
2. It is illegal to export cannabis from Canada.
Even while recreational cannabis use is legal in Canada, you still cannot export marijuana products out of the country. There are very specific instances when you can export. For one, the export (and import) of medical cannabis will be allowed. Cannabis to be used for research will also be allowed. In both instances, you would need to have obtained the proper permits. You can freely import industrial hemp.
3. What are the things employers should remember?
One of the concerns that Canadian businesses have is that their employees might come to work stoned. They also raised concerns on workplace safety and impairment of judgment.
The Canadian government has reasoned that these concerns are not specific to cannabis. It has been going on for a long time with other drugs and alcohol. The employers would just need to make sure that they have workplace safety policies in place, with strict implementation.
4. How will the Cannabis Act affect the industrial hemp industry?
Federal oversight of industrial hemp will be moved under the new Cannabis Act, instead of being regulated under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The Canadian government has publicly stated that they are going to review the current systems in order to streamline processes and reduce regulatory burdens. The industry hemp industry is sure to benefit from these change. Already, the government has done away with the required THC testing for most crops. Licensing renewal dates have also been changed to coincide with the sales cycles.
5. How will the Cannabis Act affect those who are currently using medical cannabis?
Nothing much will change when it comes to medical cannabis, as the government intend to keep the current systems that are in place for patients who use medical marijuana. If anything, the new Act will help ensure that they have easier access to medical marijuana, even as the new law is slowly getting implemented and changes are rolled out. The government also promises to evaluate easy access to medical marijuana every five years.