Touring within the US with weed over the vacations? This is what to remember

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Wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry about weed when travelling? Sadly, that is not yet the case.

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Dec 23, 2021December 23, 20212 minutes read Join the conversation FILE: Passengers wait in line to reschedule flights at O'Hare International Airport on Sept. 26, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. / FILE: Passengers wait in line to reschedule flights at O’Hare International Airport on Sept. 26, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. / Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

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It’s the holiday season! This sweet, but stressful, time of the year is generally packed with travel, food and awkward family interactions.

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As for the Travel Security Administration, its stance is crystal clear. Since marijuana is federally illegal, passengers with cannabis on them will be stopped.

Still, it helps to know one’s rights. The advice of some is not to interact with police officers unless necessary and, if detained or arrested, do not consent to a search and inform them that you want a lawyer.

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The rules of traveling by land are similar to those by air; While the destination may be a legal US state, the drug remains illegal on a federal level.

While there are penalties for traveling with weed, police officers may not be actively on the lookout for them. Follow the driving rules, store flower in an airtight container away from occupants and consider ditching flower in favor of more discreet options like edibles and vapes.

What about medical marijuana?

If a person has a medical marijuana card, there is likely to be fewer hurdles. That’s not to say, however, that it’s a clear path.

Ensure to have on hand the doctor’s certificate, marijuana medical ID card and physician’s number. Ideally, a person will be traveling to a state with medical marijuana reciprocity.

Again, just have the smallest amount possible and keep medication stored in a convenient place.

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