Wondering How To Travel With Medical Marijuana? Your Questions Answered

This article was originally published on The Cannabis Community and appears here with permission.

As of May 2022, medical has been legalized in 37 states in the United States, as well as Washington D.C. and the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. As a result, more and more people are asking if they can travel with their medical cannabis.

The answer is: it depends.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the ins and outs of traveling with medical cannabis so that you can make the best decision for your needs.

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Traveling to Another State

A state may permit you to use if you qualify as a medical marijuana patient and your use of marijuana has been approved there. However, not all states recognize the medical marijuana programs of other states.

Remember, there are differences between how residents and visitors of a state can possess marijuana. In Illinois, for instance, a resident holding a valid medical card can possess up to  500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product.  For visitors from other states, the limit is only up to 250 milligrams.

State vs. Federal Law

Medical marijuana law varies per state. Most states allow you to travel with cannabis as long as you are using it for medicinal purposes. However, the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I Narcotic Drug, which means it has a high potential for abuse and lacks accepted medical use.

Confused? Don’t be. The most important thing to remember is that federal law trumps state law. When you’re in a state with legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana, you’re welcome to use cannabis in accordance with that state’s laws. But when you travel outside of that area (by crossing state lines), you fall under the purview of federal law, meaning marijuana is no longer allowed.

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Can I Travel with Medical Marijuana?

We aren’t going to recommend that you break any laws, federal or state, so we are making any positive recommendations around traveling with medical marijuana in reference to traveling within a legal state.

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