Can I Travel with Medical Cannabis?

December 23, 2019 by Surterra Wellness FL Dispensary

If you’re a medical marijuana patient, there are a few things you might need to consider before heading out of town for the holidays.

Even though more than half the country has legalized either medical or recreational marijuana, cannabis is still illegal under federal law. Because of these federal laws, it is illegal to carry marijuana over state lines—even if you obtained that marijuana in a perfectly legal way.

So what can patients who rely on medical cannabis do? Well, if you’re traveling by car, staying within your home state, and abiding by your state’s cannabis laws, you’re fine. Make sure your cannabis products are packed in a child-proof container and kept out of reach while driving. Never, ever, ever operate a motor vehicle if you’re feeling the effects of cannabis or if you’ve recently consumed cannabis in any way. If you’re clear to drive, it’s over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house you go! These rules change if you’re traveling by plane—even if you’re flying between destinations in a legal state (for example, from Miami to Jacksonville), federal law prohibits carrying cannabis on any commercial flights. According to the TSA, the only cannabis products that are allowed on commercial flights must fall within the federal guidelines of containing less than 0.3 percent THC or be otherwise approved by the FDA. While you may have heard anecdotally that the TSA isn’t concerned about personal use cannabis, their official policy states that “if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.” If you’re traveling by plane it is illegal to bring your cannabis products with you, regardless of your status as a legal cannabis consumer. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to make it through a cannabis-free trip! If you’re traveling to one of the 11 states that allow cannabis for adult use, you can visit any qualified dispensary and purchase legal cannabis products. Other states allow for medical marijuana reciprocity, which means that medical dispensaries will accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards. These laws can be complicated and vary from state to state, so make sure you do your research and find out how your destination’s specific laws will apply. It’s important to consult with your physician before you leave because products and potencies can vary between states. Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, boat or train, remember that it is never legal to take cannabis products across state lines. If you’re traveling internationally, don’t even consider bringing your cannabis products with you. Talk to your physician about non-cannabis options you can rely on instead. CBD products under.3% labeled hemp is allowed. On a positive note have you ever heard of the cannabis “reset” see our blog post on CBD/Cannabis Reset. If you’re uncertain about traveling with cannabis, it is always best to play it safe and leave your products at home. 

From Founder of Green Palms Health Clinic: On a personal note: I have personally traveled with my CBD/Hemp products even in my carry on bag without being stopped or questioned in any way to and from Mexico for vacation. 3/15/21