Missouri marijuana cardholders can safely travel across MO on their medical marijuana, but what if they leave the state?
Now that it looks like we made it on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, people across Missouri want to spend their summer traveling. Anyone with a Missouri marijuana card can look forward to spicing up the scenery this year as this is the first time they have access to the natural relief they need to be comfortable on the go .
Even though it’s easy to qualify for a Missouri marijuana cardThere are several complications associated with traveling with your medicine. However, with a little preparation and careful planning, you can still potentially get the relief you can count on while your trip remains legal and safe.
In this post, we’ll explore why medical marijuana traveling is harder than it should be, and what you can do to keep your treatment regimen up during your 2021 trip.
Why is medical marijuana traveling so complicated?
You may be safe to throw your oxyconton in your hand luggage, but traveling with cannabis is a bit difficult. The main reason for this lies in the fact that marijuana is still considered a List I substance according to the federal government.
This means for your trip:
Medical marijuana is illegal on all federal properties
It is also illegal wherever the federal government has jurisdiction
It is illegal nationwide to move marijuana across state lines, even if marijuana is legal in both states
States have the power to make their own laws and levels of enforcement regarding marijuana
Despite the aggravating factors, there are ways to make your trip safe, legal, and enjoyable, even if you need medical marijuana on a daily basis to feel good about yourself.
Can You Fly Marijuana If You Have a Missouri Marijuana Card?
The short answer is no. You cannot take medical marijuana with you on an airplane. This is because the Travel Security Administration (TSA) is a federal agency.
At Missouri Marijuana Card, no matter how well you get to know the person who is going to be scanning you on the other side of the metal detector, we don’t recommend trying to smuggle marijuana onto a plane.
The TSA is required to report any violations of the law to local, state, or federal agencies, but they have been known to simply confiscate your product and let you continue driving – especially in states that have legalized marijuana for medical and adult use.
In addition, an addendum to the agency’s marijuana policy advises that they are more concerned about items that pose a security risk if they get on the plane than about marijuana and other drugs in your carry-on or checked baggage.
This quote was taken straight from their website:
The TSA’s control procedures are focused on security and designed to identify potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not look for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if the security clearance reveals an illegal substance, the TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.
Driving cannabis in Missouri if you have a marijuana card
A Missouri Marijuana Card allows you to own medical marijuana purchased from a licensed pharmacy. Other state residents cannot purchase marijuana from Missouri pharmacies, but they can own medical marijuana as long as they have their marijuana card and state-issued ID from their state of residence.
Since you can legally own a limited amount of medical marijuana as long as you have a health insurance card, you can take your products with you in your car. So when you take a trip in a tank to see a game of the KC Chiefs, or when you explore the stone castle and spring at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, you are safe and legal as long as you follow these state travel guidelines:
(Editor’s Note) Missouri requires patients to store medical marijuana products purchased from a pharmacy with or in their original packaging
Make sure your license and registration are up to date
Always carry your Missouri marijuana map with you
Also keep your photo ID with you
Obey all traffic rules, use your turn signal if necessary, and drive at the specified speed limit
Only buy your medical marijuana products from a pharmacy or only carry plant material that has been grown by you or a caregiver
Make sure your products are locked in your trunk so there is no suspicion of drunk driving
Do not drive while drunk
Travel between states with a marijuana card
Moving marijuana across state lines is a federal crime and can result in serious consequences if turned over to federal agencies. However, this rarely happens and is generally reserved for people who transport large quantities of marijuana for distribution.
Some states and law enforcement agencies may be more relaxed than others, but there are a few questions you should answer before traveling to a particular state (this guide can help you find the information you need):
Does the state you are traveling to offer consideration for your Missouri marijuana card?
What are the details?
Does the state allow you to buy medical marijuana from its pharmacies?
Does the state you are traveling to have laws for adult use?
Is marijuana decriminalized in the state you are traveling to?
If so, what are the limits and penalties for possession?
Is there a history of police brutality for certain races / classes of people in this state?
Visiting a reciprocal state for medical marijuana cards
There are several levels at which your marijuana card can be reciprocated by the state you are visiting. Most states only offer the most basic level of reciprocity so visitors with a marijuana card can own the products they bought from their state pharmacy.
People traveling through or into such a state are in a quandary as to whether or not to bring their marijuana products because they have to ship them across state lines – which is technically a federal crime. However, a law of reciprocity like this implies that if you have a health insurance card, you will not be penalized for bringing your medication with you.
Other states offer a full reciprocity program that allows you to shop at pharmacies and everything else. Just remember to plan ahead because some states require you to register with them to shop at their pharmacies and this can take up to 30 days in some cases.
Does Missouri Have a Mutual Medical Marijuana Program?
Missouri’s reciprocity extends only so far that people who hold a marijuana card in another state are allowed to own and use medical cannabis. So when Uncle Ned comes to visit from Virginia, he has to bring his own product. But he’s sure to bring it and use it.
Visiting a state where adult marijuana is legal
Anyone under 21 is almost never protected outside of their own state. However, in states where adult cannabis is legal, you don’t have to worry as much – as long as you’re 21 or older.
Moving your products across state lines is still federally illegal, but you probably won’t run into problems unless you have more than the legal limit. In addition, you can get products in adult pharmacies without a health insurance certificate.
The only problem is, you may not be able to get the kind of products you are used to at your local medical marijuana dispensary. Different states have different regulations, and adult marijuana is generally not as strictly regulated as to quality and purity. But many adult dispensaries have products that are more geared towards medical use.
Visiting a state that does not reciprocate or use marijuana legally for adults
As of May 2021, there are medical marijuana programs in place in 36 states and 4 territories for their residents. A total of 17 states, 2 territories, and DC have also legalized adult use. But there are still states where marijuana is completely illegal and others where only marijuana cards from that state are accepted (even for simple possession).
If you are visiting a state where medical marijuana is illegal and you still want to take your products with you, make sure you at least know the laws in that state. Some states have decriminalized marijuana, and possession of a certain limit only comes with a fine. However, you need to know your rights when traveling to ensure they are followed.
Add an extra layer of protection to your summer travel plans with a Missouri Marijuana Card!
Unfortunately, with a Missouri marijuana card, you won’t be legal to take your medical marijuana anywhere you want to go. There are still some restrictions, planning and safety precautions to be observed. However, you can safely travel throughout the Show-Me state for your next stay, and you will also have different levels of protection when visiting other states.
Call us at (877) 303-3117 or make an appointment with one of our marijuana doctors today to make sure your summer trips are fear and pain free!
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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is to help everyone achieve wellbeing safely and conveniently through improved access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma of our patients by providing equal access to timely information and empathic care.
Call us at (877) 303-3117 or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation for relief you can trust today!
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