Canada Confiscates American Medical Marijuana at Border

This is an article taken from The Billings Gazette in Montana, posted on Saturday, May 29th. It was originally written for the Montana Standard by Tim Trainor.

BUTTE — Having a medical marijuana card cannot affect a Montanan’s ability to visit Canada; however, all drugs found at the border crossing will be confiscated.

Lisa White, spokesperson for the Canada Border Control Services Agency, said that despite rumors to the contrary, a traveler’s enrollment in the Montana’s medical marijuana program is not reason to refuse entry into our northern neighbor.

“In and of itself, it is not a valid reason to deny entrance,” she said.

Health Canada, the federal department that runs the country’s health care system, has a medical marijuana program, and the drug is allowed for those suffering from “grave and debilitating illnesses” like cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis.

However, according to White, Health Canada does not recognize the medical marijuana programs of any other country. Therefore, a person could not bring a personal amount of the drug across the border, despite the fact that it was medically prescribed.

White said any marijuana found at a border crossing would have to be “abandoned to the crown.” She said officers would not turn the car back because that would violate the country’s drug laws.

“They have to confiscate it,” she said.

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