As the holidays approach, many travelers will be embarking on road trips to see friends or visit distant family. With all this upcoming travel on the horizon, many people may be wondering; can I use my medical card in another state? Depending on what states you drive through and where your destination is, the answer may be yes.
More patients than ever are turning to cannabis and CBD for relief. With the help of the internet, it has never been easier to connect with doctors for a quick, easy, inexpensive, and on-demand medical card. It even comes with an option for online medical card renewal. More and more states are legalizing medical and recreational use of both, but traveling with cannabis or CBD in the United States can still get tricky. Be aware of individual state regulations when taking your products across state lines.
Every State Is Different
Patients want to know if they can use their medical card in another state. Some states do accept out-of-state authorizations. It is important to note that the acceptance of an out-of-state medical card is entirely up to the dispensary owner’s discretion. Calling a dispensary, in advance, is a good way to make sure you don’t make a wasted trip.
Just because these states recognize a person’s authorization to buy products in the state that they are from, does not mean they have permission to do the same in the state they are visiting. Always know local laws before crossing state lines. While traveling with cannabis or CBD in the United States, you may want to stick to these states, even if you have to rearrange your route, so you can use your medical card in another state:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- Washington D.C.
Hawaii is included on this list. However, because aviation is federally regulated it is illegal to have cannabis or hemp products in US airspace. Qualified out-of-state patients may apply online, up to 60 days before visiting, to purchase from certified dispensaries once there. It is as easy as getting an online medical card renewal.
All medical cannabis and CBD products are completely illegal in Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Kansas will allow only medicinal CBD products containing zero THC.
Patience Has Its Virtues
To answer the question: can I use my medical card in another state? Because state and federal laws are so finicky regarding cannabis and CBD, in the United States, it is best to wait until you get there to purchase new products. Research how to use your out-of-state card in advance. If you are planning on flying with products, reconsider. Cannabis and CBD should stay grounded.