Burke, VA asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Virginia

Q: In a state where cannabis is legal is it legal to mail THC vape cartridges to another state where cannabis is legal?

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Aaron A. Pelley
Aaron A. Pelley
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA

A: It is still Federally illegal to ship cannabis or transport it across state lines. Or possess cannabis. Or anything with cannabis. Still all federally illegal. All of it.

The reason this is more of a problem is because you are would be using a Federal service (United States Post Office) to do it. They don't like that. So at best it gets seized. At worst, you get a cranky Postmaster General that sends the seizure to the local Feds. From there, all kinds of problems. Even if you send it via private services (like Fed Ex), they all cooperate and information share with the Postmaster. So it will still get seized and even though prosecution is not always likely, it is still possible. My guess is that they are seizing hundreds of pounds a day. But you don't want to be the one they make an example of.

Another fun fact, make sure when you decide it is safer to drive the vape cartridge over to your friend, you don't end up on a Federal Highway. They are all over the U.S. and policed by Federal Park Rangers. Unlike the Postmasters, that probably have better things to do, Park Rangers love pulling people over on Federal Highways, in states where cannabis is legal, and give them possession tickets.

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