7 things drivers need to know about wearing MMJ in their car
Can you travel with medical marijuana in your car? The answer is yes. Carrying MMJ in your car is required for many MMJ patients and their caregivers who need to transport their medication from the pharmacy to their home in their own car.
Many MMJ patients have no choice but to carry MMJ in their car as some MMJ states do not yet allow home delivery. For most patients, getting their MMJ from the pharmacy home in their car is the easiest and most convenient option.
However, if you have medical marijuana in your car, there are certain measures and precautions you need to take to stay on the right side of the law. It’s not just about dumping your medical marijuana purchases in the passenger seat and headed off into the sunset!
Getting run over with medical marijuana in your vehicle can be a difficult situation. Even in legal MMJ and recreational cannabis states, there are certain rules that you must follow when transporting marijuana products in your car.
Are the MMJ laws of every state the same? How should you wear MMJ products in your car? Can you go up with a health card? What are your rights if you are stopped in your car by law enforcement with MMJ? Can you cross state borders in your vehicle with MMJ? We’ll answer all of these questions and more below.
Image by msqrd2 from Pixabay: Different states have different rules for wearing MMJ in your car.
1. States have different specific rules for wearing MMJ in your car
Different states have their own specific MMY rules and regulations. While it is important to know the general rules for traveling with MMJ in your car, which apply in all states, it is important that you read up on the specifics of MMJ rules in your home state. Laws regarding possession restrictions and storage practices vary widely between states.
2. Always carry your ID and MMJ card with you
When traveling with medical marijuana in your car, it is important that you always have ID and a valid medical marijuana card with you. The absence of any of these vital documents is a surefire way to get unwanted attention from law enforcement officers with whom you are crossing.
3. Ride safely and sensibly with MMJ on board
If you carry medical marijuana in your car, driving sensibly and safely is important. Of course, you should always drive safely. But any type of unsafe driving plus marijuana in your vehicle is a combination that will grab law enforcement attention.
4. If you get stopped by law enforcement, know your rights
If you are stopped by law enforcement, you have certain rights. They include:
The right to remain silentThe right not to consent to a searchThe right to use MMJ at the legal rate when properly stowedThe right to leave the scene if you are not under arrestThe right to legal representation if you are incarcerated
5. Do not drive while MMJ is high
It is illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana, and that includes MMJ. Whether or not you are under the influence of MMJ is determined by a law enforcement sobriety test in most states. Most states also make it illegal to use marijuana on a public street. You should therefore not allow passengers in your vehicle to use MMJ while driving. The smell of cannabis is a legal reason to search in most states.
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6. Pack and stow your MMJ properly while driving
Think of MMJ like you think of alcohol while driving. It is illegal to drive with open containers of alcohol or MMJ in your car. Like alcohol, MMJ must be securely stowed in an area of the vehicle that is not accessible to the driver or passengers. MMJ should be stowed in a sealed package in the trunk of your car.
7. It is nationwide illegal to cross state borders with MMJs
It is illegal to cross state lines using MMJ. This is because MMJ is not yet legal at the federal level. If you’re caught by federal law enforcement agencies crossing state lines with MMJ, even between two legal MMJ states, your MMJ will be confiscated and you risk criminal prosecution. Also, do not try to cross international borders with MMJ in your vehicle. Even entering the border crossing zone could result in your MMJ being confiscated.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card
The best way to get your own MMJ card is to schedule a consultation with an MMJ doctor in your state through the MMJRecs online clinic. MMJRecs will put you in touch with an MMJ doctor who can check your health and prescribe you a medical marijuana card. It’s a quick and easy process that can be done from the comfort of your home.
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