Medical Marijuana is prescribed to patients who are suffering from chronic pain, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, and other medical conditions. Even if you have a Medical Marijuana card that was issued by your state, it is highly advised that you do not travel with any amount of Medical Marijuana in your possession.
Currently, 29 out of the 50 states have some sort of legalized form of Marijuana but that means that 21 states do not. If you have a Medical Marijuana card it is only valid for that state. It is not valid for any other state. Regardless, Marijuana is still technically illegal under Federal United States Law even if it has been legalized in your state. Interstate travel is considered a federal jurisdiction so if you drive to another state while in possession of Medical Marijuana and get pulled over for an unrelated charge – you could be arrested for Marijuana possession, even if you have your card and show it to the officer.
If you live in a state where Medical Marijuana is legal, you cannot get on an airplane with it even if you are travelling between airports within your own state (for example from Los Angeles to San Diego). The airports are regulated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which is an arm of the federal government. If you are caught by the TSA with any form of Marijuana, even if you have your Medical Marijuana card, you will be arrested for possession of Marijuana.
Our advice is that if you plan on traveling, do not bring Medical Marijuana with you. If you need Medical Marijuana to live, then perhaps traveling isn’t the best option for you to begin with. Hawaii just announced that it will be honoring other state’s Medical Marijuana cards at their dispensaries. So if you must travel – go to Hawaii.