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The news that a nearby state has legalized marijuana often leads to people excitedly planning a road trip with their friends. After all, what better way to celebrate legalization than by partaking yourself? Staying at a hotel with friends and shopping at a dispensary for the first time could be a very relaxing, if somewhat easily forgettable, vacation.
Unfortunately, when you cross state lines to buy cannabis through a legal recreational market, you leave yourself vulnerable to potential consequences if you try to take the fun home with you. If you just enjoy your time on your trip and head home without any major souvenirs, you likely don’t have to worry too much. However, if you decide that you want to take back some of your legally-obtained bounty to your home state, you could find yourself in a very precarious legal position.
While you may only have enough cannabis in your possession for your own personal use, that likely won’t stop law enforcement from attempting to charge you with some kind of trafficking offense because you tried to bring it across state lines. You could actually face federal drug charges in some circumstances.
As frustrating as it is, bringing legally purchase cannabis across state lines into another state with active cannabis prohibition is definitely a crime. Not only do you have to worry about possession charges in your home state but also charges stemming from the fact that you intentionally brought the cannabis from one state into another. Even those crossing state lines for medical cannabis are in a legally-vulnerable position.
Any potential workaround that you can imagine to avoid the consequences of prohibition has probably already been addressed in legal code. For example, if you attempt to mail or ship cannabis
to yourself or a friend in a state where prohibition is still enforced, you could face a charge both for the possession and the act of shipping the cannabis.
Weed tourism is increasingly popular as more states open recreational dispensaries. Still, you need to make certain you comply with state laws when you travel, as well as federal laws when you’re headed back home.
For previous Ladybud articles about cannabis tourism, click here.