It’s illegal to be traveling with cannabis across the Canada-U.S. border and internationally. Attempting to cross the Canada-U.S. border with any amount of cannabis, even if you are traveling to states that have legalized possession will get you arrested.
It’s a no-brainer that smoking or taking edibles is okay in your home, but most people aren’t stuck inside all the time. If you use cannabis and plan to travel, its important to know what rules to follow.
Can I take weed on a plane?
When traveling by air, it’s best to avoid carrying marijuana products altogether. If you choose to bring them with you, you might be at risk.
The TSA is a federal agency, so airports and planes are under federal regulations. Though LAX has recently announced that they allow legal cannabis in the airport and on departing planes, the rest is another story. Even if you’re flying to a legal state, taking cannabis on a plane is a bad idea. Trying to fly with your weed could result in delays or confiscation at the very least, so the safe choice is to leave your cannabis behind when preparing for take-off.
Is it illegal to have weed in my car?
It’s not against the law to carry cannabis in your vehicle, but, like alcohol, you have to do it the right way.
First, follow state age and possession limits. California allows possession of 28.5 grams of flower and 8 grams of concentrates like oils, wax, etc., if you are at least 21 and have the ID to prove it. Each state has different regulations, so check your state’s possession laws to avoid any trouble.
Next, keep in mind that open container laws usually apply. Keep your marijuana in a sealed container, in a safe place like your trunk or a locked glove box. Wherever you put it, make sure you’re container is not easily accessible to yourself or your passengers. Also, it’s DEFINITELY illegal to blaze while you’re driving. Doing so constitutes a DUI and an open container violation, so keep consumption out of your vehicle.
Remember to never take cannabis products from one state to another. If you take cannabis across state lines, even if the one you are entering allows medical or recreational use, you’re breaking federal law. Drug trafficking is a serious offense that will take the joy out of any road trip.
Finally, avoid national parks. Like airports, national parks are under federal regulations. If a park ranger finds your cannabis, you could be in serious trouble, and you’ll definitely leave without your product. Stick to state parks and other weed-friendly areas in your state to skip the hassle.
The Bottom Line
Stay on the safe side when traveling with cannabis. If you’re unsure of something, look it up, and don’t take any risks. Cannabis is a lovely and beneficial plant, but the possible repercussions of stepping outside your legal boundaries can be harsh and costly. It is possible to take your flowers, concentrates, or edibles with you while you’re out. Take the time to learn the laws, choose to follow them, and enjoy your travels.
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