The Fourth of July weekend is upon us and for most Americans, it’s likely you will hit the road. According to AAA, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more. Roughly 85 percent of the roadtrippers will make their trip by car.
Not only is this holiday one of the busiest for road travel, it is the also one of the most dangerous. More people die in motor vehicle crashes on July 4 than any other day of the year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A study by the IIHS found that an average 118.4 people die in crashes on the nation’s birthday, 28 more fatalities than an average day.
One of the biggest factors in the fatality rates is alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimated that 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunk driving over the Fourth of July holiday.
With those sobering statistics staring you in the face, let’s discuss the matter of traveling with marijuana. How should you do it? Should you do it? Here’s what you need to know:
Rule For The Road
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If you are flying to your destination, keep in mind that policies — both official and unofficial — vary wildly depending on the state. But keep this in mind: Air travel is federally regulated by the FAA and the agency is crystal clear that cannabis is not permitted on board any aircraft.
So the best advice is to leave it at home. Seriously. It’s the safest way to avoid a crappy weekend. But if you are a chronic rule breaker, there are a few things to know.
The TSA is focused on catching passengers with explosives or weapons. The TSA security officers are not in the business of looking for weed. According to TSA:
TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.