Article by Patrick Cain, Global News
The better part of 20 years after the first Canadians were allowed to use medical marijuana, the agency that screens air passengers and their bags has explained how people should fly with their legal pot.
Medical marijuana can be carried in either carry-on or checked bags on domestic flights, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority says, and passengers should bring documents showing their pot is legal. Screeners will ask police at the airport to look at the documents.
As recently as last December, 25-year-old Michael Korchak was denied boarding an Air Canada flight in Halifax because he was carrying medical marijuana. He was carrying all of the correct paperwork.
Korchak was prescribed marijuana to deal with pain from an injury related to military service. Air Canada has since changed its rules and offered Korchak a refund.
Cannimed, a Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer, recommends that people not put marijuana in checked bags. Passengers could end up missing a flight if their bag is opened.