Navigating the world of cannabis can be daunting, especially since state and federal laws are constantly changing and evolving.
While recreational use is now legal in California, transporting cannabis across state lines can be tricky. Understanding the laws and regulations surrounding this activity before you attempt it is essential, as the consequences of breaking them can be severe.
State versus federal
Marijuana laws vary from state to state. Even if you are traveling between two legal states, like California and Nevada, transporting cannabis across state lines is still illegal under federal law. For a first offense of carrying under 50 kg, you may still receive a penalty of 5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
As for traveling within the state with cannabis, it’s legal as long as the product is in a sealed container. Or if the container isn’t sealed but placed in your vehicle’s trunk. Violating this law is considered an infraction with a fine of up to $100.
If you do decide to transport cannabis for distribution within the state, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork and documentation on hand. This includes a Transportation Procedures form from the Department of Cannabis Control, which must be completed for each commercial cannabis shipment.
Additionally, applicants must identify whether they intend to transport cannabis or cannabis products and provide proof of auto insurance for any vehicles used in the transportation process.
If you are arrested for transporting cannabis in California, It’s important to understand your rights and the potential consequences of your actions before proceeding. There are several potential defenses available, and it may be possible to have the charges minimized or dismissed.