Updates to our Cannabis Policies

by Kimberly Snow, Manager of Customer Relationships

On October 17, 2018, the Government of Canada legalized the use of cannabis in Canada. Like many other companies across the country, we have been working to determine how to best serve the needs of our customers and employees while recognizing the unique service we provide and locations in which we operate.

After detailed review, we have determined that the recreational use of cannabis on Marine Atlantic property, terminals and vessels will be prohibited.

As per Acts and Regulations, customers without legal authorization to use cannabis may transport a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent.

We are committed to meeting the medical needs of our customers as it relates to the use of cannabis at our facilities.

Customers needing to use medically authorized cannabis during their travel are asked to self-identify upon making a reservation and provide supporting documentation to Marine Atlantic personnel. With appropriate documentation, we will provide space on board our vessels and at our terminals for customers to self-medicate.  Employees will accompany the customer to an area where medically authorized cannabis can be used.

It is the responsibility of customers travelling with recreational or medically authorized cannabis to ensure that their possession amount is within the allowed limit.

We thank customers for their cooperation and understanding as we introduce these new policies effective October 17.

Questions and Answers

What is Marine Atlantic’s policy regarding the use of legalized cannabis?

Marine Atlantic prohibits the recreational use of cannabis on its property, in its terminals and on board its vessels. However, customers with appropriate medical authorization/documentation will be provided space on board our vessels and terminal grounds for legal cannabis use.

What if someone has a medical condition and requires the use of cannabis, but does not have the necessary documentation?

Customers with appropriate medical authorization/documentation for legal cannabis use will be provided space on board our vessels and terminals to self-medicate. For those customers who do not have the appropriate documentation, the use of cannabis will be denied.

Why are people allowed to smoke cigarettes on Marine Atlantic property, but not recreational cannabis?

The Acts and Regulations governing the use of tobacco are different than those governing the use of recreational cannabis. Customers are permitted to smoke tobacco in designated smoking areas.

Can customers use medically authorized cannabis in their private cabins?

Smoking is not permitted in indoor areas of the vessel, including cabins.

Are edible cannabis products allowed to be consumed on Marine Atlantic property?

At this stage, edible cannabis products are not considered legal for purchase and are not part of the current cannabis legalization legislation.

How much cannabis can I travel with?

As per the Acts and Regulations, customers without legal authorization for medical cannabis may transport a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent.

The maximum amount that may be possessed by an individual for medical purposes is the lesser of 30 times the daily amount indicated by their health care practitioner, or 150 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent).

It is the responsibility of customers travelling with recreational or medically authorized cannabis to ensure that their possession amount is within the allowed limit.

What documentation do I require to use cannabis for medical purposes at Marine Atlantic facilities?

Customers may present one of the following:

– Packing slips and/or packaging information with the passenger’s name from shipments of medically authorized cannabis by a licensed medical cannabis supplier in Canada.

Note:  Identification cards issued by licensed medical cannabis suppliers in Canada may be presented but must be accompanied by shipping information from the supplier.

– An authorization to possess form issued by Health Canada.
– A personal production license issued by Health Canada.
– A designated production license issued by Health Canada.
– Registration certificate from Health Canada.

Cannabis for medical purposes is legal if you are authorized by a health care professional and registered with a licensed producer or Health Canada. A note from a medical practitioner alone does not meet the requirements set out by Health Canada to use medically authorized cannabis.  If presenting a doctor’s note, the user must also present one of the documents specified above to legally use it.

Customers may be asked at any time during their travel, including during any pre-boarding screening procedures, to present their documentation along with photo identification confirming their entitlement to legally carry and use cannabis for medical reasons.