Marijuana is completely legal in eight states in the US with some of them even sharing borders. It’s logical to wonder if you can travel across these states with marijuana, because it makes a lot of sense. If the plant is legal in both states, we should be able to come in or out without an issue. Right?
Not really, no. Despite the state’s legal standing on marijuana, the drug is still not legal by federal standards, meaning that holding marijuana while crossing any borders is still very much illegal. While state policemen shouldn’t be able to arrest you for possesing marijuana on this state, agents from the DEA and national parks, and military police and army have the ability to arrest you over transporting marijuana. This misdemeanor could land you in jail for up to a year and give you a thousand dollar fine. Things get even messier if you’re transporting a cannabis plant, where you could be charged by distributing marijuana, a crime that’s worth 5 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.
While all of this may sound a little insane considering the current legality of these states, these rulings are all explained in the laws that concern the legality of cannabis.
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Of course, there’s no way of knowing if the marijuana you bought is really from that state, so this loophole in the law has more bark than bite. Still, these are important facts to know. In short, don’t go in an airport with marijuana and be very careful when crossing any borders, no matter that state’s legal standing on marijuana.