The recent legalization of hemp has brought much confusion to the American public, making it easier to unknowingly commit a crime.
Congress legalized hemp with the Farm Bill Act just a few months ago, and in doing so it also legalized the production of hemp. This made it so that the commercial production of hemp-made CBD oil is legal.
Now, since hemp is federally legalized – unlike its cousin marijuana, it is getting increasingly more important to understand the difference between the two.
As many of our readers may already know, marijuana usually has a high THC content, while hemp has a high CBD content, however – both species contain both of the molecules in certain amounts, depending on the phenotype in question.
It is also very important to understand the difference between state and federal legislation. The first one pertains only to your local government, while the other one is made in regard to the whole nation.
State legalization laws do not affect federal services such as the USPS, TSA, and more, which means that you can’t move weed across the borders. Not in flower, not in oil, not in any other form.
Trafficking is a growing issue
Whatever you do, don’t bring it to the airport. Too many people are making the mistake of getting arrested at the airport for careless mistakes these days.
In fact, the authorities over at LAX reported that cannabis trafficking arrests have risen by 166%.
Two of the most common mistakes people are making at the airport boil down to:
- People forgetting they had weed on them
- People carrying bottled CBD oil in their luggage
The first one is relatively easy to avoid — just check your pockets and bags before you head out to the airport. We understand that it’s hard not to indulge in weed, but at least know where you put it after you’re done smoking.
However, the cases of people carrying CBD oil on their trips only to be arrested are growing in numbers.
According to a locals news report, authorities at Dallas-Fort Worth have been intercepting people with CBD oil at an alarming rate over the past six months.
And don’t be fooled thinking that you might not get caught – the cops are going after travelers with CBD oil bottles as hard as after hardened dealers. Even a 69-year old grandma with arthritis managed to get arrested for sporting her bottle over at Disney World!
Knowing the difference between hemp and marijuana, CBD oil and THC oil, and understanding the difference between federal and local laws is very important when traveling with your medicine, so make sure to ask your local authorities if you are allowed to carry it, and in which shape and form.