So you’re ready to hit the road, and you couldn’t be more excited for your trip. And yet, one thing is missing. That’s right — you’d like to bring marijuana with you! Of course, you may have a prescription for medicinal marijuana, so you think you’re all set.
Truthfully, with the chronic pain you experience and anxiety, it’s something you need. In addition, you’re used to taking certain cannabis strains, and they’re something you can’t do without.
While ideally, it’d be nice to bring it along, there are some things to keep in mind first.
Traveling With Marijuana Is Illegal
We hate to burst your bubble, but first, you must know that driving with marijuana is illegal. Even though it’s legal mainly in most states in the U.S., there is still a significant contingency.
Anytime you cross a state line with marijuana, even if it’s for medicinal purposes, you’re breaking the law. The reason why you’re breaking the law is that under federal law, marijuana is still illegal.
We don’t endorse breaking the law, but should you bring cannabis with you anyway, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Know Your Rights
Each state has different marijuana laws in place. Although it is illegal under federal law, law enforcement may cut you a break if you get caught.
Knowing your rights can give you some comfort if you get questioned at any point. Here’s an overview of the marijuana laws in each state when you’re driving with it.
2. Take Your Medical Marijuana Card With You
When traveling, make sure you bring along your state medical marijuana card. It would help if you also had the name of the doctor who gave you the prescription.
Bringing cannabis with you is still illegal. But at least, you’ll have proof that you have a prescription in the state you came from.
3. Take Edibles Instead of Smoking Marijuana
You’re better off taking edibles with you instead of marijuana alone. Edibles do not smell as strong as marijuana does. Plus, they’re easier to store in a discrete bag, aka stash bag (more on this next).
So, if you’re okay with eating edibles, that’s a better alternative.
4. Get a Discreet Stash Bag
Depending on how much marijuana you bring along (we recommend only carrying a small amount), you’ll need a way to store it.
Many companies produce stash bags, making it easy to store your cannabis. Stash bags also mask the smell, so you won’t have to worry about other people smelling it as much.
5. Don’t Use Cannabis While Driving
Be sure to keep your marijuana stashed away somewhere safe while driving. You never want to smoke it while you’re in the car, even if the boring scenery is putting you to sleep.
Don’t touch your marijuana until you’re somewhere safe away from the public eye. Better yet, don’t take any until you reach your final destination.
6. Keep Marijuana in the Trunk
An easy way to prevent yourself from using marijuana while driving is by putting it in the trunk. If you get pulled over, the cops may assume you haven’t been smoking recently. You don’t want to get charged with a DUI, and it’s less likely you’ve been smoking when it’s in the trunk.
7. Don’t Put Marijuana in a Checked Bag
While it may make sense in your mind to hide marijuana in a checked bag, it’s better to keep it at your side. Assuming you only bring a little bit of marijuana with you, there are ways you can hide it.
But, again, we’re not endorsing you to break the law. But, if you decide to proceed at your own risk, there are ways to hide marijuana in your carry-on bag.
8. Follow TSA Rules
Make sure you’re all set before going through security at an airport. That means, you should know what is and isn’t allowed in a carry-on.
The last thing you need is to call attention to your bag by forgetting to take out a water bottle. Instead, make sure all liquids are removed or fit in a quart-sized bag.
It’s best if you place your liquids in a quart-sized bag ahead of time. That way, you won’t have to rummage around in your bag looking for them before going through security.
Remember, you must follow TSA rules to avoid having your bag searched. Otherwise, you risk them finding your stash.
It’d be nice if federal law relaxed when it comes to traveling with marijuana. But for now, you must use caution.
Remember that we’ve come a long way from how things used to be. Now, marijuana is legal in many states.
Studies show that cannabis helps many people. For instance, it’s an excellent option for those who need an alternative to take prescription medication. And, it offers hope for many who haven’t found success trying other forms of treatment.
Even if it’s challenging traveling with it, you have to admit that it’s a blessing that many can use it to treat their ailments.