René M. Agredano
Canadians made pot legal at the federal level, but that still doesn’t mean RVing with marijuana in Canada is a joy ride. Many important rules apply when you’re carrying cannabis on board.
How to Go RVing with Marijuana in Canada
In 2018 the Canadian Cannabis Act set the national ground rules for legalized production, distribution, sale and use of cannabis products. Today, any adult over 18 can legally buy, possess, grow and share cannabis with other adults. But, Canadaâ€™s provincial and territorial governments have the right to override these rules however they see fit.
Don’t assume what’s legal in one place legal in the other. Here’s what you need to know about RVing with marijuana in Canada.
First, youâ€™ve gotta ditch your stash before you get to the international border.
The Canadian Governmentâ€™s stance on border crossing with cannabis says â€œIt is illegal to bring cannabis into Canada. If you do have cannabis or products containing cannabis with you when you enter Canada, you must declare them to the Canada Border Services Agency. If you do not declare cannabis products when you enter Canada, you can face enforcement action, including arrest and prosecution.â€�
Whether youâ€™re coming or going between Canada and the U.S., transporting weed in your RV across international borders is completely illegal, even if you are crossing in a state where cannabis is legal, such as Washington.
â€œThis applies to cannabis or any product containing cannabis or even if the intended use is for medical purposes. Those who do can face serious criminal penalties, such as fines or even jail time, even if unintentional,â€� said immigration attorney Scott Bettridge in an interview with Forbes.com.
Then you’ve gotta know where pot use is legal.
Once you get through customs youâ€™ll find that when you go RVing with marijuana in Canadaâ€™s provinces and territories, youâ€™ll encounter a puzzling patchwork
The tiny house hipster hypocrisy expose gets me thinking about what stuff means to me as a full-time RVer.
In the distant past, music CDs, audio books and FM radio were the only soundtrack for RV road trips. Not anymore.Â Smart phones and Internet connected vehicles give usÂ dozens of ways to fuel our adventures with sound, likeÂ this ultimate RV and camping podcasts playlist.
RV and Camping Podcasts for Road Trip Buddies
Download and listen to podcasts wherever you go, whenever you want.
GreatÂ podcasts about the outdoorsÂ are springing up from every corner of the RVing community.Â Want to learn how to make money on the road? Need some RV repair tips? Got camping kids to entertain? Podcasts for the RV lifestyle are as close as your favorite listening device.
Podcasts allow anyone to broadcast their own â€œradioâ€� show over the internet. With over 630,000 podcasts available for download, â€œToday, we’re living in the Golden Age of Podcasts,â€� proclaimedÂ aÂ 2019 CBS news article.
How to Download Podcasts
Usually you can download a podcast directly from the creatorâ€™s website. But podcasting apps make it easier to find, organize, listen to and locate new podcasts. Apps give you the option to download them to your listening device. This isÂ a useful feature when youâ€™re RVing without internet access.
Whether you have a iPhone or an Android, smart phone or tablet, podcast apps make your listening experience better.
These tools include free apps included with your smart phone, like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Other feature-rich paid podcast apps include Castbox, Stitcher, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio and Overcast. Some podcasts are available on just one app, some on many apps.
The Ultimate RV and Camping Podcasts Playlist
According to CBS News, over 630,000 podcasts exist on the internet. New podcasts spring up almost daily, but only a small percentage of shows last beyond the first broadcasting year. The best RV camping and travel podcasts endure because of high quality production and relevant topics for the lifestyle. Here are just a
Mobility-challenged people always faced huge obstacles when it comes to the RV lifestyle â€“ until now. Winnebago Industries just rolled out their gorgeous new wheelchair friendly motorhomes, the Intent 30R AE, Adventurer 30T AE, and Forza 34T AE.
Totally Customizable Wheelchair Friendly Motorhomes
Winnebago’s Accessibility-Enhanced (AE) line, includes the Intent 30R AE, Adventurer 30T AE, and Forza 34T AE.
The freedom to roam with your home is something most RVers take for granted â€“ except for those people who rely on a mobility device to get around in the world. The 15 million people in the U.S. who need a wheelchair, walker or cane usually have few options for RV travel. Starting in 2019, the innovative RV designers at Winnebago Industries changed all that. The company’s specialty RV division just launched three new RVs made exclusively for mobility-challenged campers. Each rig can be ordered from RV dealers around the country.
“Before our accessibility-enhanced Winnebago, the thought of going on vacation was more stressful than just staying at home,” said Mike Freeman, Winnebago Forza 34T owner. In a Winnebago press release, Freeman explained the travel challenges other travelersÂ donâ€™tÂ experience.
“Most people take for granted the ability to hop in a car, plane, train at will to take a vacation, visit friends and family, or explore a new destination. Our accessibility-enhanced RV has opened up a wider and richer world for our whole family and even makes day trips easier. We can leave the house with confidence, and excitement, rather than anxiety and stress. I hope more people like us will discover their freedom and adventure with Winnebago’s new offerings.”
Meet Winnebago’s New Accessibility-Enhanced RV Features
The Winnebago Accessibility-Enhanced RV Lineup features the most popular requests from physically challenged people, such as:
Platform wheelchair lift with an 800-pound lifting capacity
Powered roll-up lift door, with wall-mount and key-fob remote controls for wheelchair
The globe trotting, van dwelling nomadic lifestyle isnâ€™t for everyone. But for Lisa Marquardt, itâ€™s been a dream come true. Smitten by the travel bug since taking a college age trip to Europe, the 45-year old insurance industry executive has since explored 96 different countries. This year sheâ€™ll even set foot on Antarctica.
By plane or van, she’s exploring the globe.
Lisa made the leap to domestic van dwelling in 2018. Now sheâ€™s taking her travel smarts to the roads of North America. While exploring Southern Californiaâ€™s Salton Sea region, she took a break from journaling in her blog, The Hotflash Packer, to share the highs and lows of globe trotting and van dwelling as a (mostly) solo adventurer.
Negotiating Her Way Through the World
Company downsizing isnâ€™t always a good thing, but for Lisa it was the start to a whole new way of life. Several years ago when her employer needed to cut expenses, she volunteered for a forty percent pay cut. In return, she negotiated a work schedule that only requires her to work 60 percent of the hours necessary for full-time employment. The best part is that she retained all her benefits and has a regular paycheck â€“ whether she works zero hours in a week or all forty from home, on the road or in the office.
All the basics, all the adventure.
Along with selling her home and eliminating all her debt, the unique arrangement allows her to explore the world on a schedule that most people donâ€™t get to enjoy until retirement. And whether itâ€™s by way of her 2017 Ford Transit Connect cargo van or by plane, sheâ€™s experiencing places most people will never have the opportunity to experience.
The internet provides a source of inspiration for her van camping and international travels. First she decides on a destination