The Canadian Border Safety Company Units New Penalties For Crossing The Border With Hashish – MJNews Community
For this reason, and as part of enforcement efforts in support of the Cannabis Act, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will begin fining travelers who fail to properly declare cannabis and cannabis products when crossing the border, starting March 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT. In addition to prosecution, this is another tool to combat the unauthorized cross-border movement of cannabis in any form.
The CBSA’s administrative fine regime provides for fines for violations of customs law related to cannabis. The penalties apply to travelers who:
- provide an official with information that is false, accurate, and complete; or
- do not report imported goods containing cannabis.
A border guard will withhold the undeclared cannabis or cannabis products without release and provide the traveler with a written notice of assessment of the penalty, stating the offense and a fine of between $ 200 and $ 2,000. The amount of the penalty depends on:
- Type of infringement (undeclared cannabis, inaccurate information);
- Severity (undeclared cannabis is hidden, amount of undeclared cannabis); and,
- History of violations (with a past penalty and / or previous seizure protocol).
Depending on the severity and nature of the crime, the CBSA may initiate criminal prosecution in addition to the fine. If convicted, travelers face imprisonment, a fine, or both.