The world of medical marijuana in the United States is quite interesting, to say the least. In some states, you can pretty much buy and smoke as much cannabis as you want if you are over the age of 21. However, in other states, you might only be able to use a small amount of medical marijuana in the most dire of health conditions, like terminal cancer. It is also true that you can still be charged with possession of marijuana in some states, while other states across the border do not even bat an eye.
With all of that being said, it can sometimes be hard for medical marijuana patients to navigate the cannabis landscape that we are currently dealing with in the United States. I wanted to take some time today to talk about what things to keep in mind when traveling with a medical marijuana card.
While you may be completely allowed and encouraged to use medical marijuana in your residing state, you may run into some different types of policies in another state. That is why it is always important to keep in mind some of these basic medical marijuana travel tips to ensure that you do not run into any trouble while you may be going on a road trip with your medical marijuana card.
One of the first things to keep in mind when you are traveling with your medical marijuana card is where you are allowed to smoke and use cannabis. Many patients may be used to certain rules in their state about where they are allowed to use cannabis. In many states that are more progressive in the way that they deal with cannabis, the places that you can’t smoke cannabis basically follow what one would expect with something like smoking cigarettes. EVerywhere that smoking tobacco is banned, like restaurants, bars, and other places, you can be sure that smoking cannabis is also banned.
You also want to make sure that you are not in any highly public places, as it is true that a lot of communities have begun to ban smoking cannabis in public areas. In addition, you will want to avoid smoking cannabis near any school buildings or properties, including private schools, daycare, middle schools, high schools, and sometimes universities.
This may seem like a no brainer to some of you, but I wanted to add it in here anyways to cover all of the bases. Also, it is important to keep in mind that it is a felony offense to use medical marijuana on any Federal property, including places like the post office, National parks, and other Federal buildings. It is also important to remember that when you cross state lines, you may be traveling on a federal road like an interstate. This also counts as federal land, and you can get into some trouble for having cannabis with you in your vehicle or something like that.
Another thing to keep in mind when trying to use medical marijuana while traveling is how much you can legally possess from state to state. Let’s say you find a great deal at a new dispensary you’ve come across, and now you are wanting to stock up on buds to celebrate your road trip with your friends or something like that. Please be careful to not buy over what you are allowed to possess in that state with your medical marijuana card. Believe it or not, there is a limit to how much cannabis you are allowed to have on you, and this number changes from state to state (yes, even with a legal medical marijuana card).