Article by Alison Crawford, CBC News
After more than a decade of confusion at Canada’s airports, the country’s air transport security authority is now providing guidance to passengers travelling with prescription cannabis.
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority website, updated yesterday, now tells people travelling with prescription pot to be prepared to show medical documentation and that screening officers are obliged to call police to verify the paperwork. That is, unless the airport doesn’t have officers on site.
“In airports where there is not a police presence the passenger’s information is noted from their boarding pass (name, air carriers and departure time) and passed along to local authorities,” a security authority spokesperson said in an email.
While passengers may carry their medical marijuana in their checked luggage, CATSA recommends they carry all medication in their carry-on.
The updated website guidelines follow a CBC News report about the difficulties passengers have experienced while trying to fly domestically with their medical marijuana. The complaints were contained in documents obtained by CBC under the Access to Information Act.