Marijuana/Cannabis & The Borders

Marijuana Cannabis

Dawn Truell




Dawn Truell
President, Cross Border Services

Marajuana/Cannabis is not yet legal here in Canada, the new set date is October 17, 2018. Regardless of the legalization of this drug, it is and will remain illegal to carry any amount of marajuana/cannabis across any border within Canada and the USA.

On August 3, 2018 at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, 38.952 kilograms of marajuana was seized. The 40 year old male commercial truck driver from Markam, ON, had been sent for secondary screening at the border crossing point; while being inspected, the CBSA Officer discovered the marajuana/cannabis in the drivers cab area. He was arrested for Importation offenses under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and turned over to the RCMP.

“This marijuana seizure demonstrates the CBSA’s efforts to stop the smuggling of illicit drugs and keep contraband off our streets. I am proud of the work of our officers who are vigilant in their efforts to ensure our borders are not used for illegal activities.”  Tamara Allard, District Director, Ambassador Bridge Operations, Southern Ontario Region, CBSA.

There is a Zero Tolerance Policy in effect for driving any vehicle whether personal or commercial under the influence of marijuana/cannabis. Based on the clinical scientific literature that was used for this article, marijuana/cannabis is detectable in your system by both urine and blood tests for up to 30 days. This is both smoked and/or digested.

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