Traveling with Medical Cannabis - What You Need to Know

Traveling with Medical Cannabis - What You Need to Know

Michael Jacobs

While the legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use has come a long way, there are still plenty of states that still consider the drug to be illegal to possess. Twenty-nine states have legalized medical cannabis, and nine of those states have gone even further to legalize recreational cannabis. This leaves twenty-one states where cannabis is effectively illegal. 

So, if you are a recreational or a medical cannabis userand have a need or simply a desire to travel, you need to know the ins and outs of traveling with cannabis. 

Medical Cannabis Travel Restrictions

Keep in mind at all times that not every state has medical marijuanaand even those that do might not reciprocate your medical marijuana card from your home state. This can present real problems, including the possibility of being arrested, if caught carrying medical marijuana, particularly in a state that still has no access to medical cannabis. Some states have very harsh penalties for people caught traveling with cannabis even if you have a medical card from your home state. 

What to Do If You Have to Travel with Medical Cannabis

At some point, you may need to travel. Work, family obligations, and vacations all come up and require that a person travel. The most important thing to consider is where you are traveling. Whether you are traveling within your own state, to another state, or even another country, the most important thing is to be aware of the laws where you are traveling. 

Best Cannabis Products for Travel

If at all possible, try to avoid traveling with something that is obviously cannabis. A stash box can help a person feel more comfortable. There are several available that are not obvious. Some even mask any odor. Another option is to travel with edibles. Oil cartridges for vape pens and portable vaporizers are also good travel companions.

Traveling Domestically in an Owned or Rented Vehicle

No matter what, never drive while under the influence of marijuana. Medical card or not, recreationally legal or not, driving while stoned is still prohibited by law in all 50 states. Also follow these rules:
  1. Keep your stash in your trunk, especially if you’re driving. 
  2. Give law enforcement no reason to stop you. Follow all traffic lawsand take care to stay under the speed limit and not to drive recklessly. 
  3. If stopped, be respectful. Give them no reason to search your vehicle. If they cannot see or smell cannabis, the search is illegal unless you consent. 

Traveling via Air, Bus, or Train

The TSA searches and commits to keeping these venues of transportation safe. While travel via air is probably the most secure, traveling with your stash on a plane or a train or a bus does present certain risks. 
Airports, bus depots, and train stations are generally considered federal property. Cannabis is still considered illegal by the federal government. It is illegal to attempt to carry marijuana in either checked or carry on luggage. While the TSA no longer actively searches for cannabis, they can refer the matter to local law enforcement if they do discover it. 
  1. Make sure that you pack well. Keep things in odor-proof cases and in their original packing, if possible. 
  2. Have your medical marijuana card handy
  3. If you must carry while flying, absolutely carry in your checked and not your carry-on luggage. 
 
Remember, when traveling, we cannot reiterate enough that the most important thing is knowledge. Knowing the laws where you are traveling is often paramount in keeping you out of trouble. Ignorance of the law is rarely ever a good excuse.
 
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Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.comwith  a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined with healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points 
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420 is Here! Stop by today and say Hello!

420 Specials, best Dispensary in Denver, close to highways and airport!

By Eric Roth - April 19, 2018

Denver Dispensary would like welcome you to our blog for 420!  We are super excited to announce we will have some AMAZING deals and specials for our industries holiday.

We are offering recreational specials including $40 shake ounces, $79 Bargain Shelf ounces, $99 Top shelf ounces, 8 joints for $20, 4 gram joints for $20, and much much more!

Join us on your way to or from DIA, your Rocky Mountain trek, the 420 festival in Denvers City Park or whatever you may be up to on this fine 420 holiday weekend.  We are conveniently located just north of Interstate 70 on Vasquez Blvd. Visit us today at 4975 Vasquez Blvd. Denver 80216.  

If you have stumbled upon this article you have probably already seen our immaculant reputation by reading reviews online. We pride ourselves on being the best dispensary experience in Denver and are in the process of a 20,000 sq. ft.  greenhouse expansion on site to better serve you!  This will allow is to get closer to a zero carbon foot print and operate an environmentally friendly cannabis operation!  We seek to be as GREEN as possible in our future.

Denver Dispensary is the best Dispensary in Denver for all your cannabis needs.  We offer a wide selection of edibles, concentrates, accessories, flower, joints, and just about anything cannabis!  Our highly trained budtenders are second to none in providing the best service in the industry.  We value you the customer and seek to gain your repeat business by providing quality, value, and a great experience.

Call today 303-308-1111, or visit us online for the latest information, news, and specials.  Happy 420!


 
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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!, Valentine’s Day for Singles: What NOT to Do

Valentine’s Day for Singles: What NOT to Do

Michelle Peterson

Valentine’s Day for Singles: What NOT to Do
 
Tackling Valentine’s Day as a single person is a tough prospect. Commercials remind you not to forget that special gift for that special someone. Every time you walk into the grocery store you’re inundated with Valentine’s sales. And your friends - well, the ones in relationships at least - may not know how to shut up when it comes to their plans for the big day.
 
In all, most singles would like to just skip over Valentine’s Day if it were possible.
 
Unfortunately, it’s not. And it’s easy to fall into traps on Valentine’s Day. It can be a lonely day for a lot of people who fashion themselves currently or perpetually unlucky in love, and loneliness can lead to desperation.
 
It’s important to know that it’s ok to be single, and you don’t have to celebrate
Valentine’s Day in the traditional sense just because the world seems to want you to.
 
Don’t feel like you have to stay home alone because you’re single
 
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a holiday for couples only. At its core, it’s about love, and there are other types of loves besides romantic. There’s the love between you and your best friends, for instance. So if you have any single BFFs, by all means, go out and have some fun. Have a platonic “date night” with a friend of the opposite sex. Staying confined to the house because it’s a traditional “couples night out” is silly.
 
Don’t feel like you have to go out
 
Of course, there’s also no shame
in staying home. Have a Netflix night. Cook yourself a spectacular dinner for one. Take a long bubble bath. Starting reading that book you’ve been meaning to read. Before you can be anyone else’s Valentine, you have to know how to be your own.
 
Don’t make emotional decisions just because it’s a holiday of companionship
 
Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day and the universe is telling you that you should have some romance. If there’s a way to spend the day with someone in a healthy way - of course, have some fun. But don’t be lured into the trap of companionship for companionship’s sake. Don’t call that ex just because you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day. Every situation is different and Valentine’s Day might just be the best time for you to make amends - but it’s also a day when high emotions can lead to impulsive decisions. If nothing else, make sure you think everything over before you act on what can be an emotionally-charged holiday for many.
 
Don’t overindulge out of sadness or boredom
 
If there’s a temptation greater than calling that ex, it’s the ice cream in the freezer. Although there’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate on Valentine’s Day, don’t feel the need to splurge or ruin weeks of previous hard work because it’s an emotional day. Valentine’s Day can be a springboard for self-improvement -  a jumping off point for positive change in one’s life.
 
For example, in addition to treating yourself to a healthy, delicious meal, maybe try an online workout routine, or go for a run. If you’re in recovery, it’s also a good day to reconnect with your
sobriety goals. Go to an AA meeting then celebrate your hard work by doing something you love with a group of sober friends. You might also use the day to get some work done that you’ve been meaning to cross off that to-do list. The more productive you are on Valentine’s Day, the better you’ll feel about tackling it as a single person.
 
Oh, and you’ll probably save a boatload of money. Maybe Valentine’s Day as a single
isn’t so bad after all.
 
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Mayor Hancock Statement on Attorney General’s Decision to Roll Back Obama-Era Marijuana Policy

Hancock expresses disappointment in Jeff Sessions Roll Back of the long standing Cole Memo

By Eric Roth - January 4, 2018, Letter from the City of Denver, Mayor Hancock

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock expressed his severe disappointment in U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision today to rescind the Obama-era policy regarding states that have voted to legalize recreational marijuana:
 
“Denver and Colorado residents voted overwhelmingly to legalize recreational marijuana in our state in 2012. Since then, we have worked diligently to implement their will in a way that works for Denver, and through this work, we have become an international model for how to do it right. The decision today by Attorney General Sessions to roll back the guidance we received from the Obama Justice Department is severely disappointing and lacks good judgment. They should respect the will of our voters, and this is just another example that this administration doesn’t listen, doesn’t pay attention and just doesn’t care. I urge our congressional representatives to take immediate action to protect our voters’ will from this disastrous decision.”

 
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Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot

Jeff Sessions throws Cole Memo out the window

By Laura Jarrett, CNN

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws.

The move essentially shifts federal policy from the hands-off approach adopted under the previous administration to unleashing federal prosecutors across the country to decide individually how to prioritize resources to crack down on pot possession, distribution and cultivation of the drug in states where it is legal.
While many states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use, the drug is still illegal under federal law, creating a conflict between federal and state law. Thursday's announcement is a major decision for an attorney general who has regularly decried marijuana use as dangerous.
In a written statement Thursday, Sessions called the shift a "return to the rule of law" but he did not go as far as some advocates had feared he might, stopping short of explicitly directing more prosecutions, resources or other efforts to take down the industry as a whole.
"In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the department's finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions," Sessions said in a memo to all federal prosecutors. "These principles require federal prosecutors deciding which cases to prosecute to weigh all relevant considerations of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community."
The former senior Justice Department official behind the decision to harmonize federal prosecutions with state legalization efforts during the Obama told CNN in a phone interview Thursday that it's uncertain how Sessions' new memo will play out at the state level.
"The whole point was to do what we could to maintain some control in this area," said Jim Cole, former deputy attorney general and now a partner at Sidley Austin in Washington.
Back in 2013, as an increasing number of states began to legalize marijuana, Cole released a directive to federal prosecutors that essentially adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws.
In what became colloquially known as the "Cole memo," the department recognized that the drug was still illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act but gave federal prosecutors permission to focus their resources elsewhere, so long as the states didn't threaten other federal priorities, such as preventing the distribution of the drug to minors and targeting cartels. 
"The memo set out harms we saw associated with marijuana" but essentially said that otherwise "let's let the states deal with this," Cole told CNN. "Given a non-perfect situation, we figured this was the best way to deal with it."
The new memo likely "reduces the level of comfort in the industry until it sees how US attorneys actually implement it," Cole added. "Each US attorney now gets to decide what will and will not be prosecuted. We'll have to see how it plays out. ... There was a previously a higher level of reliability that you could operate your industry if you followed certain rules. That's not necessarily being destroyed, but it is being thrown into question."
The US Attorney's Office in Colorado released a statement Thursday saying there are no plans to change marijuana prosecutions:
"Today the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions, and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that have long governed all of our prosecution decisions. The United States Attorney's Office in Colorado has already been guided by these principles in marijuana prosecutions -- focusing in particular on identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state. We will, consistent with the Attorney General's latest guidance, continue to take this approach in all of our work with our law enforcement partners throughout Colorado."

Congress, industry alarmed

Sessions' shift at the Justice Department comes days after marijuana became officially legal under laws in California, the largest state. Voters in California approved the measure in November 2016, but the legal, commercial sale of marijuana under state law just went into effect with the new year. 
A majority of states allow the use of medical marijuana and eight, including the entire West Coast and the District of Columbia, allow recreational use.
When asked whether the Justice Department was considering suing states that attempt to legalize the drug after this new policy has gone into effect, one senior Justice official said, "Further steps are still under consideration."
The immediate reaction to Thursday's news from the marijuana industry and some members of Congress was alarm.
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, tweeted that the issue "must be left up to the states," ran counter to what he had been previously told by Sessions and threatened to hold up confirmation of DOJ nominees.
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden from Oregon, where marijuana is also legal, similarly blasted the move.
"Trump promised to let states set their own marijuana policies. Now he's breaking that promise so Jeff Sessions can pursue his extremist anti-marijuana crusade. Once again the Trump administration is doubling down on protecting states' rights only when they believe the state is right," Wyden said in a statement.
One issue that may be potentially litigated is how the new memo affects medical versus recreational marijuana use.
Congress voted in its last session to extend a spending provision known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from using federal funds to impede the implementation of state medical marijuana laws.
Sessions' new memo does not explicitly set forth how prosecutors should treat medical marijuana, though a senior Justice official explained that prosecutors wouldn't do anything contrary to any current federal law. The open question is how broadly or narrowly that appropriations rider may be interpreted down the line, as it is an unsettled issue in the federal courts.
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