“Can I Carry Marijuana Seeds on a Flight?” And All the Other Travel Questions You Forgot to Ask
What about flying with actual weed? Border crossings? How about seeds in checked luggage? In the time of broader legalization, it can be a huge help to know before you go.
So, the US, Canada, Uruguay, and The Netherlands all have pretty straight forward and stoner friendly recreational cannabis laws, but that doesn’t actually mean you should be climbing on a plane with fresh seeds or hash anytime soon. What about travelling with a few precious nugs? That also can be stickier than a strain of white widow.
For most cannabis related travel, it’s often best to stick to online retailers when it comes to toting marijuana seeds and paraphernalia. While it may not land you in cuffs, you are apt to lose the precious cargo that you’ve gone out of your way to acquire. When in doubt, mail it out- but in the meantime, here’s a handy guide for those prefer to travel high class.
Can You Bring Seeds on an Airplane? Best Not.
In fact, most seeds- whether they’re for weed or actual tomato plants, shouldn’t be brought across borders. Many countries have some pretty strict policies about vegetation from other countries crossing their borders. In most states of the US, possession of marijuana seeds isn’t actually illegal, nor is receiving them via your local postie. However, flying with these little guys is illegal.
Stories abound of clever little hiding hacks when it comes to the transport of seeds, rolling them up in socks, putting them inside trail mix, one user even commented that you can dip them in wax and glue them onto clothing… however, all of these transport “options” require you to remove seeds from their protective packaging. This can expose seeds to excess moisture, bacteria, or other bits that can inhibit future growth. With the long-time legitimacy of mail order programs, there’s really no reason to risk confiscation, fines, or the health of your seeds.
What About Pipes and Bongs? Go For It.
Smoking devices are another part of weed culture that can also easily be purchased online or mailed directly to your door. So if you’re worried about it, go ahead and slip it into the local post office before you travel. However, as long as there isn’t any weed in them, there’s no law that says you can’t travel with these devices- as long as it’s apparent that their intended use is for “tobacco products only”.
Despite the obvious overtones of bongs, pipes, and vaporizers being used for weed consumption; as long as there is no weed or resin to be found, it’s pretty hard to prove that’s your intention. When flying, TSA agents don’t look specifically for drug paraphernalia, but if they find it, it can be subject to further screening and scrutiny. So if you are packing glass, make sure that it’s not only squeaky clean, but you also pencil in some extra time for a possible chat with custom officials.
Flying High? All Signs Point to Yes.
If you’re in a weed friendly country and prefer a toke to settle the nerves of travel, go for it. As long as you’re not in possession of the devil’s lettuce, you can be mostly as high as you want in an airport. There are rules that restrict visibly intoxicated passengers from flying, but that rarely applies to someone with red eyes.
Better yet, consider toting an incognito edible along for the ride. Custom agents are not equipped to test foods that passengers bring with them, so as long as you don’t have a label on your brownie that says it’s pumped full of THC goodness, you should be alright. Edibles are ideal for flying because they usually take a little while to kick in. So if you’re not comfortable toting a cookie for your in flight entertainment, you can always eat before you hit the airport.
Can I Bring Weed on a Flight? Depends.
Flying with actual nuggets is a little less straightforward than some of the other recommendations we have for you. Flying with weed depends heavily on how much you’re carrying, where you’re at to begin with, and where you’re headed. Keep in mind, that in a large majority of the world, weed is still criminalized. So anytime you risk flying with marijuana, you risk jail time.
That being said, hopping an interprovincial flight in Canada with less than 30g isn’t really a problem. In fact, it’s totally legal as long as you’re of age and aren’t toking up on airport grounds. Running around LAX to SFO, or getting a flight across Oregon and you’re not bound to run into many troubles. As long as the amount of weed you have on you is negligible, and you don’t plan on crossing any non-weed friendly borders, you can generally get away with your pot unscathed. A few TSA agents out of California have even reported that their primary goal is “education” over incarceration. So in most recreationally legal states, you won’t be able to fly with it, but you’re unlikely to go to jail should you be caught packing.
Carrying seeds in your luggage on a plane
I read a few days ago (cant find the post back unfortunately) that somebody managed to travel with 20 – 30 seeds put in his jeans pockets, spread over the whole area of his suitcase.
I will also be doing the same very soon, and will travel while spreading them in a few pockets in my checked in luggage. My question is, do you keep the original packaging or are the seeds removed from vacuum packaging before being put in the pockets?
Advice is much appreciated and also if you have any other ideas on how to carry them would be great. I am only going to have 10-15 seeds maximum.
I recently went to the Caribbean and had no trouble with seeds in my carry on/backpack. They were not in any packaging though. I use one dram vials to store them and had them all together. Easily over 50 seeds.
Coming back to California, I was gifted at least 200+ seeds all from a 30+ year veteran grower. There was NO way I was going to leave them behind. Everything passed through TSA and xray with no problem both ways. Enjoy and keep hunting!!
Could always go buy a pack of seeds from the store and trade them out. TSA don’t know what’s what and I doubt they smell as long as there’s no flowers mixed in. Or mail them.
Do not put anything in your checked bag. If the search it they will take them. I’ve never traveled with beans, I fly all over with rolled joints in my carry on though. I’ve never had a problem ever. Tsa does not care for cannabis or beans. If you’re nervous put them inside a pen. Do not walk through the scanner with anything in your pockets let alone beans. You’re more apt to be stopped if you have things in your pockets. They have no idea what cannabis seeds are to apple seeds. If you do ever get stopped which you wont. Do not advertise that the are cannabis beans. Too them they could be apple seeds. You will be a ok my friend. Just do not act special when you’re going through security and you will be fine. If they do take the beans if traveling internationally it’s because you did not declare them in customs. You have to claim agricultural items through customs and usually they do not allow anything because they are afraid that it could bring unwanted bacteria etc into the country. Best bet is to put them in a carry on, act normal and keep a zip on the lip. You will be just fine. I’ve been bringing joints with me on flights both domestic and international for years, way before it was decriminalized or legalized in any state or other country. Never once even gotten a look let alone a search. Or just mail them back. It’s very simple. Plus if it’s a gift under 25 bucks you dont uave to pay import on the package. Put them in a box with a t shirt and send that bitch off and you will be fine!
Back in the early 1980s we took 15 grams of hash from Canada over the border by car to help us enjoy our canoe/camping tripping among the Georgian and Florida alligators. My brother hid it in his mouth (seriously). We hoped he wouldn’t be forced to swallow that huge chunk. Lol
Honestly now that I’m older I’d never risk it again. The backwards USA is very strict at the border. I have a career that 3 years in an American prison would seriously interfere with. Not to mention, my wife might be a bit freaked out over it. I’ve heard stories (yeah just stories) that people have lost their cars and freedom while having a few seeds in their ashtray in their car, or a dirty hash pipe hidden under the seat. When you visit backwards, socially undeveloped countries, your best bet is to obey their rules completely when you enter and while you’re there.
Seeds aren’t illegal in the USA. If you’re flying in to the USA with seeds, you’re best off declaring them with customs. If you’re caught lying, there’s a penalty.
It is my understanding that viable cannabis seeds are NOT legal in the USA according to federal law.
I’d think declaring them at US customs would surely get them confiscated.
I have no personal experience with this, so I could be wrong.
This scheduling and definition seems to me absolutely ridiculous.
We cannot afford to let outdated and unjust laws dictate our freedoms and rights.
Lets all make sure we vote to change this any chance we get, as well as supporting our domestic seed producers and sellers here in the USA.
21 U.S.C. § 812 – U.S. Code – Unannotated Title 21. Food and Drugs § 812. Schedules of controlled substances –
Schedule I – (C)- (10) Marihuana
21 U.S.C. § 802 – U.S. Code – Unannotated Title 21. Food and Drugs § 802. Definitions
(16) The term “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.
In addition to hemp seed being legal, thc bearing seed for novelty, fishing, bait, animal food (non-germination) is legal.
Thanks for the link However these are the required provisions for said import. – from your link :
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the importation of all seeds for planting to ensure safe agricultural trade. Under this authority, USDA is providing an alternative way for the safe importation of hemp seeds into the United States.
Hemp seeds can be imported into the United States from Canada if accompanied by either: 1.) a phytosanitary certification from Canada’s national plant protection organization to verify the origin of the seeds and confirm that no plant pests are detected; or 2.) a Federal Seed Analysis Certificate (SAC, PPQ Form 925) for hemp seeds grown in Canada.
Hemp seeds can be imported into the United States from other countries if accompanied by:
1.)a phytosanitary certificate from the exporting country’s national plant protection organization to verify the origin of the seeds and confirm that no plant pests are detected.
Hemp seed shipments may be inspected upon arrival at the first port of entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ensure USDA regulations are met, including certification and freedom from plant pests.
Ive never received these certs ordering from Euro, UK or Canada.
Which is why you still get the green tape and seeds confiscated if CBP catches your order to the USA. And declaring it without proper paperwork at the airport customs would probably have the same results.
Have you a link to any more info from your comment? “In addition to hemp seed being legal, thc bearing seed for novelty, fishing, bait, animal food (non-germination) is legal.”
Thanks, appreciate the updated info.