As bans are being lifted and summer travel ramps up, it’s totally natural to have vacation on the mind. Taking a break from everyday life is an important part of self-care and good for the soul. When packing for a trip, it’s a smart idea to bring anything you may need. But what if — you have a need for weed? We are NOT lawyers and this is NOT legal advice, but we did dig up a few tricks and tips when it comes to bringing your best bud Mary Jane with you on vacay.
Wait, can you even travel with weed? While cannabis legalization has swept across the states in the past few years, it is still illegal at the federal level. This can make how to travel with weed very confusing. Whether considering travel from legal state to legal state, or legal state to illegal state, or from inside the U.S. to a foreign country, be careful, as the rules can vary greatly regarding what you can and cannot bring. Whether you have a medicinal marijuana card or are attempting to just bring some along for recreational use, researching and knowing the local laws of your origination and destination will make how to travel with weed a whole lot easier for you. You can minimize your risk with just a little forethought.
Crossing a border, whether from a cannabis legal state to illegal state, or even from a cannabis legal state to another legal one, falls under federal jurisdiction. That means any time you take cannabis from one state into another one, you are technically breaking the law. While decriminalization is also sweeping the land, you still can get up to a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison if you are caught traveling with cannabis. In all honesty though, those laws were really created to stop trafficking and are aimed at those transporting large amounts. The odds of you getting raided for the quarter-ounce you packed for a road trip are pretty slim. But there is never any downside in being cautious. So if driving with weed, just remember: