Cannabis & Travel: Everything You Need To Know

The issue of traveling with cannabis has always been a  complicated matter.With the recent legalization in several countries such as Canada and 14 states in the United States comes an abundance of questions travelers ask.

Although many countries have legalized cannabis, there are still several things you should know about traveling with cannabis. Adequate knowledge about this crucial matter can save you from unwanted trouble. Hence, this article will highlight the essential things you should know about traveling with cannabis.

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  1. You Can Transport Weed Within Several Countries

The good news is that more and more countries are legalizing the use and transport of cannabis. Argentina and Canada are examples of these countries, and they were among the first countries to legalize this medicinal herb.

These countries understand that weed possesses many health and recreational benefits and contributes to overall happiness. Additionally, its sale even allows economies to progress due to more users surfacing.

Countries that have legalized weed only allow you transport weed domestically. Canada is one of such nations that bans the transport of cannabis across its border.

Various stores offer weed gummies, as well as other CBD products. However, it would be best if you only take this herb in moderate amounts. It would also be best if you didn’t even attempt moving weed outside Canada, as this may have dire consequences.

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  1. Unintentional Possession Of Cannabis In An Airport Could Be Tricky.

There are several reasons and situations that can make someone unintentionally have weed on them. If that happens, you may or may not get into trouble, depending on what airport you’re in, if you’re already on the plane, and your destination. Several airports, such as LAX and O’Hare, have stated that they will allow you to dispose of weed if you have it, but will not allow you to travel with it. Other countries won’t let you off. They each have different policies and thus have further penalties.

If you’re in this situation and you’re not on a flight yet, the best thing you can do is either drop it in an amnesty box or dispose of it in the trash. There Are Several Penalties To Carrying CannabisDespite the legalization in many countries around the world, many countries haven’t legalized cannabis. 

Additionally, transporting weed from one weed-legal state to another one can also be consequential. This fact is because even if both states allow usage of weed, the borders and interstate highways may still have strict prohibitions against this medicinal herb.

The magnitude of trouble you encounter depends on how much weed is in your possession and if this is your first drug-related offense. According to the DEA, transporting up to 50 kg of weed could land you with a sentence of up to five years or a fine of $250,000.

So, before you go about transporting weed for that vacation, you should read up on the federal jurisdictions concerning that state.

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  1. Minimum Age Requirements May Vary

Many states and countries with legalized marijuana still have some amounts of regulations and policies on the herb. One of these regulations is the age requirement for traveling with weed. If you want to travel with marijuana, you need to be at least 21 years of age. People that are less than 21 could face huge repercussions if the authorities catch them with cannabis.

What’s more, the age requirements and conditions vary from state to state and continuously change. For example, someone older than 21 can carry eight grams of potent weed on them at any time in California. In comparison, Illinois doesn’t allow anyone to carry more than five grams of concentrated cannabis.

  1. At Some Places, You May Carry Marijuana With A Medical Prescription

The legalization of cannabis has allowed many scientists to conduct extensive research on cannabis. They found out that you can use cannabis and cannabis products for many medicinal purposes, such as treating chronic pain, keeping the lung health, etc. Thus, the demand for marijuana has increased.

If you’re using cannabis for medicinal purposes, make sure you are carrying a certificate of analysis. This document makes it easier for security to clear you, getting you into less trouble. It will also help if you take a doctor’s prescription because this officially states why you have cannabis in your possession. Since cannabis is illegal at federal level and TSA authorities come under federal jurisdiction, taking them on plane may require special arrangements. Always check with your airlines to avoid hassles. 

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Final Words

Cannabis is a highly medicinal herb, which leaves little wonder as to why people want to carry it along with them. Luckily, the tips above would give you more knowledge on how to stay safe when carrying cannabis. It would be best to do your research on the city you want to take it to, as this can save you from a lot of trouble.