Can you bring weed seeds through customs

Cannabis and international travel

Cannabis is legal for adults in Canada. However, it is still illegal to transport cannabis and products containing cannabis – including edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals – across the Canadian border:

  • No matter how much cannabis you have with you
  • Even if you are authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes in any form, including cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Even if you are travelling to or from a municipality, state or country where cannabis has been legalized or decriminalized

If you are entering Canada and have cannabis with you in any form, you must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Not declaring cannabis in your possession at the Canadian border is a serious criminal offence. You could be arrested and prosecuted.

Leaving Canada

It is illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border, whether you are entering or leaving the country. You could be charged with a criminal offence if you try to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in your possession. This applies to all countries, whether cannabis is legal there or not.

Cannabis is illegal in most countries. If you try to travel internationally with any amount of cannabis in your possession, you could face serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad. You could be denied entry at your destination country if you have previously used cannabis or any substance prohibited by local laws. You could also be denied entry to other countries in the future.

It is your responsibility to learn about the laws, including the legal status of cannabis use and possession, in your destination country. See our Travel Advice and Advisories for more information.

Travellers to the United States

Although the possession of cannabis is legal in some U.S. states, it remains illegal under U.S. federal laws. Do not attempt to cross the Canada-U.S. border with any amount of cannabis in any form, even if you are travelling to a U.S. state that has legalized possession of cannabis.

Previous use of cannabis, or any substance prohibited by U.S. federal laws, could mean that you are denied entry to the U.S. If you are travelling for business related to the cannabis industry, you may be deemed inadmissible.

Patrick and his roommate are packing for their upcoming trip.

He sees his roommate putting legal cannabis into his luggage.

Luckily, Patrick had checked Travel.gc.ca/cannabis before packing for their trip.

He knew it is against the law to take cannabis across Canada’s international borders.

What Happens When Cannabis Seeds are Stopped by Customs?

This is a question lurking in the minds of many seed-buyers and the ‘cannabis curious.’ Theoretically speaking, selling and buying cannabis seeds is not illegal. However, because cannabis seeds are related to cannabis, there is going to be some murky grey areas when it gets to real life situations. Let’s take a look at what really happens if your seeds get stopped by customs.

So, we all know that the topic of cannabis’s legal status is more than just a little controversial. But, let’s put away our opinions for now and take a look at what the UK law actually says:

Currently, cannabis seeds are legal to possess. They are also legal to trade, meaning that it is legal to buy and sell cannabis seeds. Before you get too excited, there is something that you should know with regards to this legality. It is not legal to germinate, grow, or cultivate those seeds in any way. Therefore, the grey area is born.

Now, if seeds are legal to have, shouldn’t they be permitted at customs? Not necessarily. Customs can stop seeds if they suspect that there is an intent to germinate, cultivate and then sell the cannabis plant. And if this intent to grow and then sell is proven, then harsh penalties can follow suit.

Have your Seeds been Stopped at Customs?

If you have had your seeds stopped at customs, then you should expect a ‘friendly’ letter to arrive in the mail. It could come with the empty package in place of where your seeds used to be, or it could arrive without the original packaging altogether. Either way, further action usually does not follow this letter. The letter will usual detail that the seeds have been confiscated, but no further action is generally taken. In non-EU countries, there are some cases where you may be in deeper trouble, and you may have to be taken in for an interview for further investigations. You can find out more information about the strictest countries here. If you want to find out more information about the legal status of cannabis and cannabis sees in Europe, you can find out more here.

Some Sage Words of Advice for Possessing Seeds

Remember, possessing cannabis seeds may be legal, but the moment the seeds becomes a plant, you could be in trouble. It is illegal to germinate, cultivate, possess and sell cannabis in the UK. But yes, purchasing the cannabis seeds is legal. The reasons could be the following:

– Collector’s items
– Bird food
– fish bait
– anything else that can be passed off as general interest