You will likely see some common themes on how to travel with cannabis:
- Typically, dispensaries will hand your purchase to you in a sealed bag. When taking it home from the dispensary, put that sealed bag in the trunk of your car, or the back of your SUV.
- If you have cannabis in your vehicle or on your person, and you are in a medical marijuana only state, you must have with you all the documents that demonstrate you are properly registered to possess one ounce or less of cannabis. Know the laws in your state that describe what documents you need to carry. Some states only require the MMJ card; others require the card and a state certificate.
- If you are traveling in a state where cannabis is legal for adult use, then all you should need for ID is a valid government-issued photo ID.
- At no time should you ever travel over state lines with cannabis – driving or flying. If somehow you’re found out, it could be considered a felony, and an expensive mistake. It really depends a lot on the circumstances. But think about it, what would a felony conviction do your career and future employment opportunities. What will happen to your job if you have to serve time? It’s just not worth the risk.
In some areas, law enforcement has made a priority of stopping and searching vehicles that are crossing state lines – especially vehicles coming out of a state where cannabis is legal and into a state where it is not.
So yes, you can travel – sort of. But know the rules and plan accordingly.