Many patients have no choice but to carry MMJ in their car, as some states do not yet allow home delivery of MMJ. For most patients, transporting MMJ from the pharmacy to their home by car is the easiest and most convenient option.
But if you have medical marijuana in your vehicle, there are certain steps and precautions you must take to stay on the right side of the law. That doesn’t mean you should throw your medical marijuana purchases in the passenger seat and drive off into the sunset!
Getting pulled over with medical marijuana in your car can be an awkward situation. Even in states where marijuana is legal and recreational cannabis, there are specific rules that must be followed when transporting marijuana products in a vehicle.
Are MMJ laws the same in all states? How do you transport MMJ products in your car? Do you know how to drive high with a medical card? What are your rights if you are stopped by the police with an MMJ in your vehicle? Can you cross the state line with MMJ in your vehicle? All these questions and more are answered below.
image msqrd2 on Pixabay : Different states have different rules for carrying MMJs in the car.
1. States have different special rules for carrying MMJs in the car
Individual states have their own specific rules and regulations for the DOJ. While it is important to know the general rules that apply to all states regarding traveling with MMJ in your car, it is also important to know the specific MMJ rules in your state. Laws regarding things like property boundaries and storage practices vary significantly from state to state.
2. Always carry your ID card and MMJcard.
When traveling with medical marijuana in your vehicle, you must always carry identification and a valid medical marijuana card. Omitting any of these important documents is a sure way to attract the attention of any law enforcement agency you come in contact with.
3. Drive safely and carefully with MMJ on board
When transporting medical marijuana in your vehicle, it is important to drive sensibly and safely. Of course, you should drive safely at all times. But any kind of reckless driving combined with the presence of marijuana in your car is a combination that will attract the attention of the police.
4. If you are arrested by the police, know your rights
If you are arrested by the police, you have certain rights. They include:
- The right to remain silent
- The right not to consent to a search
- The right to wear MMJ in legal size, if properly kept.
- The right to leave the scene of a crime if you are not arrested.
- The right to legal representation if you are taken into custody
5. Do not exercise when under the influence of MMJ
It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, and that includes MMJ. In most states, a field sobriety test administered by the police will determine whether or not you are under the influence of the DOJ. In addition, it is illegal to use marijuana on public roads in most states. You must not allow passengers in your vehicle to consume MMJ while driving. The smell of cannabis is legal grounds for a search in most states.
image by Shutterbug75 on Pixabay : The use of MMJ while driving is prohibited.
6. Package and place your MMJ correctly while driving
Think of MJ as drinking and driving. It is forbidden to drive with open containers of alcohol or MMJ in the car. Like alcohol, MMJ must be stored securely in a part of the vehicle that is out of the reach of the driver or passengers. The MMJ must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle in a sealed container.
7. It is federally illegal to cross state lines with MMJ.
Crossing state lines is not allowed with the GM. That’s because the DOJ is not yet legal at the federal level. If you are caught by federal police crossing state lines with the DOJ, even between two states where the DOJ is legitimate, your DOJ will be seized and you may be prosecuted. Also, do not attempt to cross international borders with an MMJ in your vehicle. Simply entering a border crossing can result in confiscation of the MMJ.
How to obtain a medical marijuana card
The best way to get your own MMJ card is to schedule a consultation with an MMJ doctor in your state through the MMJRecs online clinic. MMJRecs will put you in touch with an MMJ doctor who will examine your health condition and prescribe a medical marijuana card. This is a quick and easy process that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
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