Postal inspectors are federal agents, the real deal, on a par with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. The latest stats show that thousands of people are arrested each year for some form of drug trafficking offense through the mail. It can be difficult to get exact figures from the USPS but in 2013, postal inspectors discovered about 9,000 parcels containing in total about 47,000 pounds of weed.
No knows, however, how much marijuana actually gets through the postal system. The inspectors may well only be seeing the tip of the iceberg. There are millions of letters and parcels posted across the US every day. It’s fair to say that the large majority mailing weed are getting their deliveries through. But that doesn’t mean you will never get caught.
Whatever you feel about the legality or otherwise of cannabis, you just have to accept that mailing weed is not allowed under federal law. And that’s unlikely to change soon. You may think it’s a little absurd. Many people do. But that doesn’t escape from the fact that, if you get caught, you can spend some significant time behind bars.
Before cannabis was legalized in many states, most of our drugs were transported over the border from Mexico. It’s only since businesses have started making their homegrown product that the power and influence of the cartels have been diminished, at least for cannabis. There is growing opinion that mailing weed should be decriminalized if states are now making recreational and medicinal use legal – there doesn’t seem a point in prohibition in this sense.
It’s always important to check the law where you live and whether it is legal to receive cannabis seeds, irrespective of whether you grow them or not. We do not advise mailing weed in the US or anywhere else – the risk is just not worth it.
The legalization of cannabis has sparked a variety of questions for Canadian businesses and customers alike. Abrar Suri, Strategic Account Manager at Purolator, breaks down these new regulations to answer your questions on how to comply with The Cannabis Act.
Medicinally, only a licensed producer – approved by Health Canada – can ship medical cannabis to patients registered on Health Canada’s network.
Firstly, what should you know about mailing cannabis?
While retail cannabis stores throughout the country closed during COVID-19 lockdown, government officials announced that the delivery of cannabis products would be available to Canadians during the pandemic. The provision of cannabis delivery is contingent on retailers continuing to comply with all laws and regulations that ensure cannabis is not sold or delivered to anyone under legal age limits established by the provinces.
Health Canada has put strict regulations in place for the delivery of cannabis to ensure its security in transit. As a business, customer or simply as a Canadian, by informing yourself of these regulations, you’ll secure yourself a trouble-free process.
Canada legalized the use of recreational cannabis in October 2018, but delivery providers have had a longer period of time to prepare for shipping cannabis. The road to cannabis legalization started back in 2001, when Canada allowed mail-ordered medical cannabis. This was a service that required strict handling regulations throughout the supply chain. Now, logistics providers can use many of those shipping regulations to comply with the additional shipments contributed by The Cannabis Act. 1 Fast forward to 2019, Health Canada has added cannabis extracts, cannabis topicals, and edible cannabis to The Cannabis Act – bringing a need for further regulations to be implemented.