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5 Things You Should Know Before Driving With Cannabis

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Mobilizing with marijuana remains a complex issue, changing depending on your area and state laws.

Now that marijuana is legalized across a growing number of states, it’s natural to wonder how to move your purchase from point A to point B and what to do if the police pull you over. These questions are common for all users, residents and visitors alike, whether they’re moving marijuana from a business to their home or traveling longer distances.

Here is a basic break down of the most important facts you need to know:

Follow state possession limits

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While most people purchase marijuana in small amounts, there are some who like to purchase in bulk. These people should be more careful than usual, informing themselves on state laws in order to prevent fines or even jail time if they’re caught by the police. For example, in California the law states that buyers are allowed to carry an ounce of flower or eight grams of concentrates like oil, hash and dabs.

Learn about open container laws

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Open container laws state that open alcohol bottles should travel in the trunk of the car or in a locked glove compartment. In many states, marijuana operates under the same condition, having to travel in the trunk of the car if the package is opened.

Don’t smoke in your car

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No matter whether you’re driving or not, it’s best to avoid any issues and smoke when you’re home or when you’re in an area that’s safe and private. Smoking in your car breaks the open container law and could also lead to a DUI.

Don’t cross state lines with cannabis

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Cannabis laws and regulations are still too muddled to take this kind of risk, no matter if you’re traveling from one legal state to another. Until marijuana is legal on a federal level it’s best to avoid these scenarios and to err on the side of caution.

Know your rights

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The debate regarding the legality of marijuana means that laws are even more confusing than usual, with a lot of gray areas. Nowadays, a cop might be able to pull you over because they smell weed without actually having the right to search your vehicle.

If your car smells like weed, cops are able to conduct a visual search of the car. If your marijuana is stored in the trunk or in the glove compartment, you’ll be more careful and less likely to face these kinds of issues.

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