BUTTE — Having a medical marijuana card cannot affect a Montananâ€™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 travelerâ€™s enrollment in the Montanaâ€™s medical marijuana program is not reason to refuse entry into our northern neighbor.
â€œIn and of itself, it is not a valid reason to deny entrance,â€ she said.
Health Canada, the federal department that runs the countryâ€™s health care system, has a medical marijuana program, and the drug is allowed for those suffering from â€œgrave and debilitating illnessesâ€ 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 â€œabandoned to the crown.â€ She said officers would not turn the car back because that would violate the countryâ€™s drug laws.
â€œThey have to confiscate it,â€ she said.