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More than 5 million people are registered as legal medical cannabis users in the United States alone. It is said that CBD and cannabis have a lot of health benefits including coping with pain, symptoms of depression, and anxiety, and the latest studies show that it can potentially help in preventing cancer and shrinking tumors. If you are a user of this miracle plant and if you want to travel, you are probably wondering how you can do that legally and if there are any risks in carrying your medicine or oil with you.
In this article, we are going to share with you more about how to always be safe and risk-free and what are the laws in the US and the world. Always talk to a law representative if you need to travel out of the country because the laws are changing all around the world every day. Check the latest information a day before your trip and always research where you can buy cannabis legally in the place you are staying.
Is cannabis legal in the United States?
In the United States, 33 states and the District of Columbia legalized in some form the use of cannabis for health purposes. However, when you travel you should get into the habit of carrying your medical cannabis card with you at all times. Even though some states do not require you to have it, you should carry it with you just in case.
Before traveling anywhere, you should check if it is legal to carry and use your medicine there. When it comes to the legal law for possession, the laws may vary, but they usually include:
- You are allowed to carry 5 grams or less of dried herb
- About half an ounce of edibles (15 grams)
- 5 ounces of liquids
- Less than one ounce of concentrates
- No more than one plant seed
NOTE: Check with your state or the state your visiting Department of Health Medical Cannabis Division for the rules and updated laws in that state.
These laws apply only for adults that are 21 years old or more, so if you need to carry medicine for your children, or if you are under the legal age, you should consult a lawyer and see what other documents and permits you may need. Perhaps look into becoming a caregiver for your patient and/or child.
What are the international laws?
Please be extra cautious as many countries have very strict laws when it comes to cannabis possession.
Regarding these laws depends on the place you want to travel, and you should be aware that besides the US, this plant is legal or decriminalized in some forms and qualified conditions in 26 other countries in the world. Some of them include:
You should always check before traveling internationally and contact representatives from that country. A legal advisor will be able to help you as well.
Even if cannabis is legal in the country you are going to travel to, you should check on how much you are allowed to carry and if foreigners have the same rights as residents. In most cases, no country allows you to have more than 5 grams of the dried cannabis with you, and you should not carry more than 15 grams of liquids. When it comes to edibles, the laws are usually softer and you should be okay with carrying more than that, as MedSignals commented.
Where can I check if carrying CBD and medical cannabis are legal?
Before going on your trip, you should talk to a lawyer or an expert about traveling with dried cannabis or cannabidiol oil (CBD). The federal laws may differ and they could change regularly, so if you find information that is more than a week old, the same laws may not apply right now.
If you are traveling to a foreign country, then you should reach out to the embassy and ask them about the medical cannabis and CBD laws in their country.
Will having a medical cannabis card make it legal to carry cannabis products with me while traveling?
Even with a medical cannabis ‘patient’ card, it is illegal to cross state lines with your medicine, even if both neighboring states are legal. If you are traveling to another legal state, it is best to purchase your medicine there.
Also please note, you are never allowed to drive under the influence of cannabis as the laws of being intoxicated at any level are strict like a alcohol DUI.
When flying, you can contact TSA.Gov for laws regarding air travel and your medicine.
Can I buy cannabis out of the country with a medical marijuana card?
No matter if you have a card or not, you are only allowed to buy cannabis in the countries where it is legal. Some countries have made CBD legal without making dried cannabis and other medical cannabis products allowed.
So, in case you decide to take a trip to a foreign country, you should check for both dried plants and CBD oils. If the country does not allow the use of any type of cannabis, including the oil, you will not be allowed to buy it or bring it into those countries.
What are the potential risks and penalties?
The laws in every part of the world are different, so you should always check before traveling. When it comes to the US, you should respect the laws for possession in the state that you’re in or the state you plan to travel to and never carry more than what that state allows.
In case you get caught with possession with or with more than you are allowed, you will risk paying tickets and some fines. This depends on the state and country.
When it comes to larger amounts that are far beyond the legal limit, you risk being charged with possession and in addition to the fine, you may spend up to five years in prison. The laws outside of the US vary depending on the country.
These are some of the things you need to pay attention to before you decide to go on a trip. Always respect the laws and never use it if you have to drive. You should know that products that have a higher percentage of THC are usually not allowed in many states and countries and they have stricter laws.
When it comes to products that contain only CBD, most of the time, you should not have any issues when carrying and using them. Make sure that cannabis in any form is legal in the place you want to visit, and if needed, contact representatives from that country or the embassy.
Safe travels and be careful!