Transportation minister Marc Garneau announced on Tuesday that those flying from one part of Canada to another can pack up to 30 grams of cannabis come October 17, when Canada’s legalization status turns green for good.
By the way, 30 grams is nothing to sneeze at. Clocking in at just over an ounce, it will take up about as much space as a thick book, depending on the density and dryness of the weed, but a lot lighter to huff around than Ulysses.
Jett Hansel manages a chain of dispensaries called Weeds and she called the new limits “awesome,” expressing that she thought the rules would be a lot more strict. To demonstrate just how much 30 grams is, Hansel took half gram pre-rolled joints and tried stuffing them in her cupped hands, which ranneth over.
Loose buds would be an even more impressive-looking bounty, especially if the cured cannabis had lost some of its moisture and had fluffed up a bit. No matter how fluffy, bringing bud on an airplane is still novel. California recently changed its policy to allow for cannabis to be packed and carried out of LAX Airport in Los Angeles, so long as travelers comply with state law.
Canada is a veritable patchwork of laws and regulations from territories to provinces, so it will be a real bonus for Canadians who aren’t sure what the dispensary situation will be where they land. Or maybe they don’t have time to stop at the dispensary. Sometimes a trip is packed, not only with cannabis in the luggage, but with things to do, people to see and little time to pause in between.
Changes will wash over our neighbors to the north on October 17. It will be the biggest social experiment with a nation legalizing cannabis across the board as of yet. As of 2016 there were 36.29 million Canadian residents and of them, 18 percent clocked in as cannabis users.