As of March 2020, 11 states have completely legalized cannabis and 22 states allow medical weed. The movement towards legalization of cannabis continues, and it’s easy to imagine an in the not-too-distant future when cannabis is legally legalized in all of the United States.
But, transporting marijuana across states, or even moving it to a different country, could put a person in legal trouble, if they don’t prepare it correctly. Here are some most important legal considerations to bear in mind, the best way to transport cannabis, as well as some suggestions on how you can best store your weed before you start.
Rules and Penalties
Let’s begin with the facts that are obvious: While the 33 states and Washington D.C. allow for marijuana to be legalized in some way, there are 17 states that do not. The three states that prohibit cannabis entirely include Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina. It is easy to determine that bringing marijuana from a legal state to any of the three states mentioned is not a good decision.
However, what’s not as obvious is that moving from one state that is weed-free to another state that is weed-legal for example, the journey from Oregon towards California as well as Vermont to Massachusetts is also a way to put the person in serious legal danger. The border between these two states, as well as interstate highways may be under federal jurisdiction, and weed is still illegal at the federal level. This is true for travel via planes as well as driving.
What will happen when you are stopped and convicted of carrying cannabis across states from the next? It depends on the amount you’re carrying, if it’s your first time committing a crime and the reason for the arrest. According to the DEA, even for a first-offense transporting less than 50 kilograms of cannabis could result in the maximum penalty of five years in jail and the possibility of a fine of $250,000. If a federal official is in good spirits and decides to let you go, your marijuana and, in turn, your cash, could be taken away.
Storing and Transporting Weed
The severe federal penalties are the reason why you should not be planning an excursion to Colorado with the intention to bring some items back to your home. In addition, these restrictions ensure that cannabis companies such as Harvest House of Cannabis are not able to operate in other states, putting a limit on the possibilities of the weed business.
Although federal agents may be able to ask questions about smells similar to marijuana, they’re not actively looking for the substance. If you follow a few basic safety precautions while traveling, you’ll be able transport small amounts across states for your own personal use.
One thing to remember is that flying with marijuana is much safer than driving with it. Police officers will be looking for license plates from outside the state, particularly in an area in which weed can be legally obtained. If you’re in the state that has a law against cannabis, cannabis is banned and is not legal, all the police officer has to do is state that you smell cannabis and then investigate your vehicle. If you intend to carry weed, you must take an airplane. If you have to drive make sure you make sure you stay clear of weed products that emit any smell. I highly suggest carrying a smell proof bag or even better yet, using a smell proof bag for your weed and stuffing it into a smell proof backpack with a lock on it. Keep your edibles at the top of your list and all of your cannabis in a secure place like the glove compartment.
When you fly, include your marijuana in your carry-on rather than packing it into your luggage that could be searched randomly. Place any joints you have in a bottle of pills or plastic bag that you mix with other items. Be aware of the fact that TSA agents are searching for explosives and weapons but not for drugs. It is not necessary to go through the same measures as the infamous tales of drug smugglers carrying cocaine through various passageways. Don’t throw it to the world inside your luggage bag and you’ll be safe.