Traveling with cannabis

Essential Tips for Traveling With Cannabis

The best advice when it comes to traveling across state lines with cannabis is simply not to do it. However, if you must travel with your medical marijuana or recently purchased recreational products, there are some tips that can help reduce the risk of getting caught.

1. Know the laws

First, make sure you know the laws in both your departure state and your destination state. This will help you understand the risks and consequences of traveling with cannabis products. If either state has strict marijuana laws, it’s best to avoid traveling with the substance altogether. 

2. Stay Low Key

Try to keep your marijuana inconspicuous. Use discreet packaging. Make sure they are stored in a smell-proof container, and avoid drawing attention to yourself or your belongings. For flying, TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Their security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs specifically, although if they find some during the security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.

3. Wait till you get there

Consider other options for getting marijuana at your destination. The large majority of the United States has legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, like 76%. Depending on state laws, they may have dispensaries where you can purchase the substance legally. If this is the case, load up before you go and then patience.

4. Bring your MedCard

If you have a medical marijuana card, be sure to bring it with you and research the laws in your destination state to see if they recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards. If you have your card on you, you may be able to avoid legal issues all together if you are traveling to a state where medical marijuana is legal. This is not a guarantee.

Lastly, own it if it goes bad

Finally, if you do decide to travel with cannabis, especially on commercial airlines, be prepared to face the consequences if you are caught. This means understanding the potential legal risks and accepting responsibility for your actions. If you must travel with your goods for whatever reason, make sure to do your research and take steps to minimize the risk of getting caught. By being informed and prepared, you can help ensure a safe and stress-free travel experience.

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