State and federal laws govern recreational pot taken across state lines
As of January 1, 2018, eight states and the District of Columbia legalized the recreational use of marijuana. California joined Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, Maine and Massachusetts in decriminalizing personal possession of the drug. That is, up to one ounce which is 28 grams.
It is important to understand, however, that state and federal laws are at odds when it comes to marijuana possession. So, if you live in one of these states where possession is legal, taking marijuana across state lines is not permitted. For example, California has Border Patrol checkpoints where your pot may be confiscated. The new law also prohibits smoking in vehicles, including passengers.
Marijuana, under federal law, is classified as a controlled substance subject to strict rules of enforcement. Although, prosecution of someone who is caught in possession of less than one ounce is a low priority, the inconvenience of a stop and delay in proceeding to your destination may not be worth the risk. Not to mention, if prosecution is pursued, a conviction may affect any future endeavors with regard to employment, education, military service, etc. Bottom line: think before you act.
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