Federal law? State law? Which to follow when traveling?
The conflict between state and federal law has caused much confusion for cannabis enthusiasts, especially for those who enjoy traveling. To help you navigate and avoid issues when traveling with cannabis, we answered a few questions to help guide you.
Q. May I have cannabis in my carry-on bag if I’m flying to a state where its use is legal?
A. No, not legally, in carry-on or checked baggage, and here’s why, according to the Transportation Security Administration’s explanation on its website: “Possession of marijuana and cannabis infused products, such as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and cannabis infused products.”
Q. But it’s legal in my state, so why would I be in trouble?
A. Because it’s not legal under federal law. You cannot transport cannabis to another state.
Q. OK, I’m driving to Colorado, where it is legal. Am I OK?
A. No. See above in regards to transporting across state lines. If you want to indulge while you’re there (or any other place where recreational use is allowed) buy it there, use it there and leave it there.
Q. I’m driving to Texas and I want to take cannabis. I bought it legally in Michigan. Am I OK?
A. No. You must abide by the laws of the state you are in, and it is not legal for recreational use in Texas.
Q. I have a license for medical marijuana. Can I carry it on a plane if I have all the paperwork?
A. You can, but you’re not complying with the law if you’re flying. Remember, it’s not legal at the federal level.
Q. I have a medical card in Michigan. Can I use it to buy in the state I’m visiting?
A. Do not assume there is reciprocity agreements between the states when it comes to medical cards.
Q. Can I fly with a pipe or vape?
A. Cannabis is still illegal on the federal level and as such, your vape or pipe would be considered illegal drug paraphernalia if it contains traces of cannabis.
Marijuana laws are changing at a rapid pace across all 50 states. In order to keep up with the ever-changing laws take a look at G3 Omni’s list where we have already done the legwork for you and provided a rundown on each state’s laws.
The best advice we can offer you is don’t travel with cannabis across state lines. If you have further questions regarding cannabis and traveling please reach out to us. And be sure to check out our Facebook LIVE potcast this Thursday at 4pm EST where we will be discussing this topic as well. Would love to have you join in the conversation.
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