As the number of states authorizing the use of cannabis for medical and recreational use increases—at last count, 33 states and the District of Columbia have authorized the use of medical marijuana, and 10 of those states have also authorized recreational or adult-use marijuana—a major question arises: What are the legal restrictions around traveling with cannabis? Despite the increasing legalization of marijuana use at the state level, it remains a federally illegal, Schedule I–controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Because of this conflict that currently exists between federal and state laws, individuals need to understand how, when and where they can travel with state-authorized cannabis.
The considerations and risks of traveling with authorized cannabis depend on both the destination and the mode of transportation.
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