How to send weed legally through the mail in Canada

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Cannabis is getting more and more popular throughout Canada for medical purposes, but many people want to share their weed with friends and family in other cities or provinces. Maybe you’re looking for an original birthday gift, you want to share your favourite local strain with loved ones somewhere else in the country or just want to receive your favourite cannabis at your front door without any of the hassles. Whatever your reason is for sharing medical weed, sending it through the mail from a dispensary in Surrey can seem like the perfect and easiest way to get it to someone.

It’s completely legal for adults to share medical cannabis through the post. However, it is a regulated product with specific requirements when it comes to sending and receiving. Which makes it important to take into account all applicable legislations and regulations to make sure you’re doing it the right way. 

Who can send and receive weed?

As the Cannabis Act came into effect in 2018, Cannabis is legal for recreational and medical purposes for adults across Canada. However, the legal age varies by province and it’s important to keep this in mind when it comes to sending weed. Whilst it’s legal to consume marihuana at the age of 18 in Alberta, the minimum age for use in British Columbia is 19, so while an 18-year-old can send weed from Alberta, they would not be able to receive it in British Columbia.

The age restrictions per province are as follows, something to keep in mind if you’re looking to send weed to someone across the country:

  • Legal age of 18: Alberta
  • Legal age of 19: British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon
  • Legal age of 21: Quebec

How do you receive weed?

If a friend or family member has decided to send you some of their favourite weed for you to try and enjoy, the receiving of it is fairly simple. According to Canada Post, proof of age will be mandatory for the receiving of weed and is defined by each territory. If you, the receiver, appear to be younger than 25 years of age, the trained delivery agent will require an acceptable photo ID before handing over the parcel. Finally, you will also have to sign for the package. Your friend or family member sending the parcel will be able to track the entire process and make sure you receive it correctly.

There are other options too, with services like Uber Eats or Just Eat on the rise, it was only a matter of time for weed delivery services to appear. That’s right, it’s now possible to receive weed from the comfort of your home not just through the Canada Post, but through hassle-free delivery services like surrey’s weed delivery companies. Whichever option you choose, always remember to have a valid photo ID on you in order to receive and enjoy your weed. 

How much medical cannabis can you send?

Following the Cannabis Act, adults who are 18 years or older are legally allowed to possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis dried or equivalent in non-dried form in public. The legal sharing amount with other adults is also of up to 30 grams. 

Now, it’s important to take into account that the possession limits in the Cannabis Act are based on dried cannabis. It’s important to understand the equivalents of other cannabis products to identify the correct possession limit. 

One gram of dried cannabis is equal to:

  • 5 grams of fresh cannabis
  • 15 grams of edible cannabis
  • 70 grams of liquid product cannabis
  • 0.35 grams of concentrates
  • 1 cannabis plant seed

If you’re looking to send any of these forms of cannabis, make sure that the equivalent is not over 30 grams of dried cannabis. 

How do you send weed in the mail?

With the legalization of weed, it’s become very easy to send and receive weed through the mail. Whether you’re looking to send some to a friend or get some for yourself, it’s possible to do it without much effort. When it comes to shipping marihuana, shipments must follow federal, provincial and municipal government regulations. 

All cannabis deliveries must follow these packaging requirements and recommendations in order to be considered for shipping:

Odourless

This is one of the most important and tricky aspects of packaging your weed. It must remain odourless, it can’t smell like weed. You can do it yourself or buy already made odourless mailing packages. If you want to do it yourself, it’s recommended to use two packages:

Inside packaging

Use a small plastic container or a vacuum-sealed bag to avoid the smell coming through. Make sure you test it at home first, as many zip-top or zipper bags aren’t odour-resistant even when using multiple bags.

For cannabis oil, make sure you use a leak proof container to avoid the product from getting spilled. If it were to leak, the package would probably be discarded so be wary.

Outside packaging

Once you’ve secured the weed in a small plastic bag, make sure that you handle the outer packaging, the actual envelope, in a different room. If you keep it near your weed, chances are the smell will linger. 

Unmarked shipping packaging

The packaging mustn’t provide any indication of the content. It cannot have any words, symbols or illustrations related to cannabis. If the parcels are identifiable as containing cannabis due to smell or aspect, they will be removed from the delivery network and treated as non-mailable. 

Childproof

Health Canada has strict regulations on cannabis handling in order to keep it safe and amongst adults. Make sure that the packaging you use is child-resistant and thus, not easily opened. 

Tamper proof

Apply a security seal on the outside of the product to assure that the package has not been opened prior to purchase. This way you will ensure the quality and safety of the weed.

Conclusion

Mailing weed in Canada isn’t a difficult process, but it’s important to follow all requirements in order to do so correctly and have the weed arrive at its destination safely. Remember to stay up to date with local regulations and follow our tips for safe and easy mailing. 

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