Over the past ten years, marijuana has become easily accessible to mostly anyone who wants it. Legal state or not, somehow, someway, someone always knows a guy who has cannabis at your beck and call. But where is it coming from? Legal states or one growers, for the most part. But it seems even those in a non-marijuana legal state, smokers still wants their stuff straight from the dispensary shelves. But how is it getting there? And what kind of trouble am I in from transporting marijuana across state lines?

A majority of states have adopted some decriminalization into their law, at the very least. In doing so, in many states, as long as you aren’t carrying a lot, you’ll mostly get a slap on the wrist in your first brush with the law. But, when you’re transporting marijuana — it typically doesn’t fall into that ‘aren’t carrying a lot’ category…

Transporting Marijuana Across State Lines: What Kind of Trouble Am I In?

While many people frequently associate legalization with the west coast, marijuana is still quite accessible in Midwestern and Eastern states. In fact, Maine, Massachusetts, and D.C. all have recreational marijuana laws in effect. Because weed laws are changing, expanding, and coming to new states— it’s become quite easy to drive across state lines, pick up your stash, and head back home. But, just because you bought it legally, doesn’t mean it stays legal in a non-legal state, or even as you drive to another legal state.

Understanding the problem with transporting legal cannabis…

Federally, weed is still a schedule 1 drug. Harsh? Yes. But, the law nonetheless. So, if you’re caught outside of a legal state with legal green, even if you lawfully bought it, you’re still going to face some trouble. But what about driving form one legal state to the next? The entirety of the West Coast has given the thumbs up on recreational green.

So, this is ultimately the only circumstance within which crossing the state lines could be okay. Think of it as a legal zone stretching from the Northern tip of Washington, all the way down to the Southern tip of California. If you stay in that zone of legal weed— you’re in the clear. But, take a wrong turn and end up outside of that zone? No bueno… But, trafficking laws can come back to bite you as you cross any border, even if it’s into another legal state.

When it comes to crossing state lines, the laws get tricky…

You have legal weed, in a legal state, and you’re going to another legal state. All in all, you should be fine. However, then it comes to crossing state lines, Federal law inserts itself once again, and trafficking laws become tricky. Even though you’re a legal resident of a legal state, entering another one— crossing state lines with your product can still bring a felony charge. It’s important that you understand trafficking laws, especially if you are an avid customer of your local dispensary.

Keep your stash in your home state

Ultimately, if you’re traveling from one legal state to the next— you’ll have the opportunity to buy it when you get there. So, keep yourself safe and don’t cross state lines with your stash, even if it is legal. You never know when you might be pulled over, subject to random stop, or have a forgotten and busted tail light…