Toronto Airport: Cannabis Amnesty Cans Are Not 'Free Weed' Bins
Although Canada legalized cannabis on October 17, traveling across the Canadian border with pot is still illegal — even if you're headed to a pot-friendly state like California or Colorado. Indeed, the legislation specifically states: "It's illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border, whether you're coming into Canada, or leaving."
Canadian airports have been scrambling to help educate travelers about these new laws. Vancouver Airport has designated cannabis smoking areas for those looking to use the last of their stash before leaving the now-even-friendlier country.
Meanwhile, signs in the Toronto airport remind travelers: "Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada's international borders, including to the USA, is illegal." And to help forgetful travelers dispose of their unused grass, the airport installed disposal bins just before security. Of course, that's leading some to take this to mean that the airport installed a "free weed" bin:
However, the airport is insistent that this isn't the "Have a doobie? Leave doobie. Need a doobie? Take a doobie" bin. In a statement to Gizmodo, Greater Toronto Airport Authority spokesperson Robin Smith made the airport's position clear:
"Free weed" is resoundingly incorrect, and I think that’s putting it mildly. Once something goes into the container, it doesn’t come out.
The current design of the bin — a simple tall kitchen trash bin with no top — doesn't exactly convey this stance. We reached out to the Toronto Airport to see if a more secure bin would be swapped in. While an airport spokesperson didn't address this question, the airport confirmed their position: "Passengers are not able to remove anything from these temporary containers." For now, it seems the bin will continue to run on the honor system.
However, we did get some insight on how the airport disposes of the leftover marijuana: "Anything that passengers put in the containers is picked up and disposed of by a third-party service." No word on who that third-party service is or how it disposes of the donated pot.
For all of your questions about traveling with the green stuff, check out our guide: Everything You Need to Know About Traveling With Pot
This article has been updated with a statement from the Toronto Airport received after publishing.