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Can you bring marijuana to Maryland? 

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2023 | Drug Charges

As more and more states legalize marijuana, it becomes easier to get it even in the states where it has not yet been legalized. It feels like it is far closer at hand. People will sometimes take a trip to visit friends or go on vacation, stop in a state where marijuana is legal and then bring it back home with them.

There are a few things you need to know about this, the first of which is that marijuana is not yet legal in Maryland. It will become recreationally available this summer, although it may take months or even years to get the distribution network in place. Other states voted on legalization and then saw delays of sometimes up to two years before purchases could actually be made.

Crossing state lines

The second thing to keep in mind is that the federal government has still not changed its stance on marijuana. It is still illegal, according to federal law. This means that it is also illegal to cross state borders with it in your possession. Even if you drove to a state where you could legally make the purchase, being caught at the border with the product could still lead to an arrest.

Additionally, you generally cannot fly with marijuana products, so don’t try to take them through the airport with you. If they are found at security, you could also face serious charges. Once again, this is true even if you know that you initially purchased the marijuana legally and in a state where doing so was widely permitted.

Mistakes do happen, and you may find yourself facing drug charges. If you do, be sure you know about all of the legal steps you can take.