The next time you think about lighting up before a flight, you might want to think again.
Ahead of cannabis legalization, Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) has released its regulations regarding cannabis consumption and smoking cannabis anywhere at the airport is prohibited.
“Consistent with a number of other major airports across the country, Toronto Pearson has made the decision to prohibit cannabis smoking or vaping anywhere on airport grounds,” said Maria Ganogiannis, a spokesperson for Pearson Airport in a statement to Daily Hive Toronto.
Additionally, the airport will “continue to monitor the implementation of cannabis legislation across Canada” and evolve its policies as necessary.
Ganogiannis also emphasized that it’s important for passengers to understand the Cannabis Act’s implications for air travel, and in turn, the airport has taken appropriate measures to educate travellers and the general public.
This included installing Transport Canada-mandated signage throughout the terminals, as well as additional signage where applicable and using social media to give passengers information about cannabis before they travel.
Additionally, the airport’s FAQ page has also been updated ahead of legalization, and passengers are now reminded that it will remain illegal to transport cannabis across Canada’s national borders and that doing so can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.
The #CannabisAct comes into force on October 17. However, taking #cannabis across the Canadian border will remain illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad. https://t.co/7jZWKYUFKj #Marijuana pic.twitter.com/MhpA4lRWEu
— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) October 15, 2018
With regards to domestic travel, Ganogiannis says each province and territory will have its own rules about the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis, including possession limits, legal age, and where cannabis may be used.
“Travellers are responsible for knowing what will be legal in the province or territory they live in or are visiting.”