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Marijuana Laws and Quality: Canada Vs. The U.S.


As Canada and the United States both come to terms with the legalization of cannabis, many people have begun asking questions about how exactly that will affect cross-border travel as well as trade between the two nations. Another point in question is the quality of cannabis. What country has better quality?

At this point, it’s still too early to know exactly how things will pan out between the two countries in regards to weed when it comes to border security and trade. However, there are a few major differences between pot in Canada vs. the U.S that may have an impact on things moving forward. Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between weed in Canada vs. America so far.

Is Canadian Weed Better Than American Weed?

This is a hotly debated topic and one that is incredibly difficult to judge. Weed is produced all over the world, and each region has its own style of growing and strains. So, the short answer is “maybe.” The only weed that can be meaningfully compared is the weed that was tested in a laboratory. This is why there are tests that rank which countries produce the best cannabis. These are very useful in determining where your weed came from, but they can’t compare Canadian weed to American weed. It’s also important to note that these tests are done on bud. That is, what you’d smoke. There are tests for edibles and tinctures too, but they don’t exist in large enough quantities to meaningfully compare Canadian weed to American weed.

While the THC levels in both Canadian and American weed is expected to be similar, the difference between the two will occur when it comes to CBD levels in the two nations’ cannabis. While both nations are expected to produce cannabis with similar THC and CBD levels.

Can You Travel From Canada To the U.S. With Weed?

At this point, it appears that you will be allowed to travel across the border with a certain amount of cannabis in your possession. While the exact amount allowed at the border isn’t known (currently, it is set at 30 grams), you will be expected to keep it in a sealed container that is out of reach of minors. As for the amount of THC in your blood, this will be tested at the border to determine if you are likely to be impaired. There is a difference, though, between consuming cannabis in the U.S. vs. Canada, and that difference is THC levels.

U.S. Customs May Be More Strict With Travellers Coming From Canada

One of the major concerns surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Canada is that it will lead to increased smuggling of Canadian weed into the U.S. As such, U.S. Customs will be on high alert for Canadian travellers who might be attempting to smuggle some pot back into the U.S. In addition, though, U.S. officials will be more strict with Canadians coming into the country. This is because they will be looking for signs of drug trafficking, not recreational use. This includes things such as the amount of cash you are bringing into the country. As such, if you are traveling into the U.S. from Canada, be sure to be aware of these customs regulations.

Final Thoughts

There are going to be some differences in how cannabis is used between the two countries. This will likely lead to some cultural differences in how people consume cannabis in Canada vs. the U.S. Overall, though, the legalization of cannabis in Canada represents a major shift in global attitudes and policies about marijuana.

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