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Can I travel with my Medicinal Cannabis prescription?

So you’re thinking of taking a trip but don’t want to leave your medicinal cannabis behind? You’re not alone! Many people who rely on cannabis for medical purposes wonder if they can travel with it. The answer? It’s complicated! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll give you the lowdown on travelling with your medicinal cannabis prescription, including the legalities, potential risks, and tips for a smooth journey. Let’s dive in!

Legalities of Travelling with Medicinal Cannabis

The legality of travelling with medicinal cannabis varies depending on where you are travelling to and from. If you are travelling within New Zealand, you shouldn’t have any issues if you can present a valid and current prescription and a medically registered vapouriser (if required).

If you are travelling overseas, cannabis is legal for medical purposes, while in others, it is strictly prohibited. For instance, in the United States, cannabis is legal for medical purposes in many states, but it is still illegal at the federal level. This means that travelling with cannabis across state lines or through airports can result in legal consequences. On the other hand, some countries, such as Canada and the Netherlands, allow travellers to bring medicinal cannabis into the country with a valid prescription. It pays to do your due diligence before travelling to any country, just in case.

Potential Risks of Travelling with Medicinal Cannabis

The risks of travelling with medicinal cannabis depend on various factors, including the destination country’s laws, the mode of transportation, and the quantity of cannabis being carried. In countries where cannabis is strictly prohibited, carrying even a small amount of cannabis can result in severe legal consequences, such as fines, imprisonment, or deportation. Additionally, travelling with cannabis can also result in travel restrictions or denial of entry into some countries, particularly those with strict drug policies. Even in countries where medicinal cannabis is legal, it is essential to check the local laws and regulations regarding travelling with cannabis.

Tips for Travelling with Medicinal Cannabis

If you decide to travel with your medicinal cannabis prescription, there are a few things you can do to ensure a smooth journey. Firstly, it’s crucial to research the laws and regulations of the country you are travelling to and from. This will help you understand the legal implications of travelling with medicinal cannabis and whether it’s worth the risk. Additionally, it’s essential to carry your prescription with you at all times and keep your medicinal cannabis in its original packaging, clearly labelled with your name, dosage, and prescribing physician. This will help you avoid any misunderstandings with airport security or customs officials.

It’s also a good idea to inform your airline or transportation provider that you will be travelling with medicinal cannabis to avoid any confusion or complications at check-in. Some airlines and transportation providers may have specific policies or regulations regarding travelling with medicinal cannabis, and it’s best to be aware of them beforehand. Finally, it’s crucial to exercise caution and common sense when travelling with medicinal cannabis. Always be aware of your surroundings, avoid drawing attention to yourself, and be respectful of local laws and customs.


Travelling with medicinal cannabis can be a complex and confusing process, with various legal and logistical factors to consider. It’s essential to research the laws and regulations of the country you are travelling to and from, carry your prescription with you at all times, and exercise caution and common sense.

If you still have questions regarding travelling with a medicinal cannabis prescription, you can always book a consultation with one of our nurses, who are more than happy to discuss this with you.

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