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Ah, Florida. This state has it all. Beaches, cities, wetlands, dolphins, and of course - legal medical cannabis. But with so many vacation destinations in-state and pages of confusing cannabis laws in Florida, you might wonder how you can travel with cannabis without any legal troubles. Can I drive with cannabis in the car? Is it legal to fly with my flower or vape? So many questions! Fortunately, we’re here to help you figure it out.
From coast to coast, US states are legalizing cannabis, and those of us in legal states are more comfortable having it with us at all times. Florida currently sits in the medical-only category per The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, passed by voters in 2016. But possession and use are still somewhat limited under Florida regulations.
Here are some of the other key rules from Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) that apply to Florida residents:
Knowledge is power! When in doubt, focus on common sense, courtesy, discretion, and safety.
Maybe you’re flying in-state from the panhandle to Miami, and you want to bring along some of your finest flower, oils, tinctures, or edibles. Unfortunately, at the federal level Uncle Sam still says no to THC, and airports are under federal jurisdiction. That means even between destinations in the state of Florida, it is illegal to fly with cannabis. According to the TSA, the only cannabis products that are allowed on commercial flights must fall within the federal guidelines of containing less than 0.3 percent THC or be otherwise approved by the FDA.
This particular legal labyrinth emphasizes the clash between state and federal laws for cannabis. You’ll see lots of stories from people who say there’s little risk in flying with cannabis. Federal agencies such as the TSA and the DEA may not appear focused on busting medical cannabis patients, but know that their official policy states that “if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.” Even if the consequences are minimal, the time you spend dealing with this can ruin a trip and could stick with you for years to come. Ultimately it is illegal for anyone to fly in an airplane with cannabis so let’s just not, k?
If you don’t want to purchase cannabis just at your vacation destination, consider a road trip! Within the state of Florida, it’s ok to have even high-THC cannabis in your car, as long as you follow the basic rules:
Follow those rules and you can road trip in Florida safely with your personal supply in tow!
Unfortunately, patients from legal medical states are not permitted to purchase, possess, or consume cannabis even if they have a registration at home. Some states allow this through “reciprocity”, but Florida does not yet accept licenses from out-of-state. And remember that recreational cannabis is illegal for anyone in Florida, so there is no legal path to consumption for out-of-state visitors. It is also illegal for a licensed medical cannabis user in Florida to share their product with any other person. Think of it as a great excuse not to share your supply with your beach house roomies!
So you’ve gotten where you need to go, and you found a licensed MMTC to purchase legal medical cannabis nearby. But where can you enjoy it? First, Florida law states that medical marijuana may NOT be smoked in any public place. Sorry, no pre-roll party on the beach, and no one-hitters at the theme park. It can be smoked on private property as long as the property owner allows it. So check with your beach house rentals before you light up.
Or more simply, consider other consumption methods. Edibles, tinctures, and FSOs can help cure what ails you, and are more discrete and personal. Just take it easy; public intoxication is still against the law, so you want to stay functional and presentable in public. And to reiterate once again – never, ever drive under the influence of any cannabis product.
We went over a lot, but let’s just clarify and tag a few big points:
No. Federal law prohibits taking any THC products on airplanes, even if flying within a legal state.
Hopefully you have a better understanding of how to travel with cannabis in Florida as a registered medical patient. Remember to research local laws and private property rules, and use common sense and courtesy when all else fails!
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