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Is Mail Order Weed Legal?

Canada legalized recreational weed in October 2018. If you’re an American who lives in a cannabis-legal state, a few questions may be running through your mind.

Can I order weed from Canada? Can I purchase any type of weed online? Can I ship or receive weed through the mail?

Allow me to dispel your questions with a simple answer: no. Due to federal law, buying weed online is illegal in all 50 states.

But I don’t want to dash your hopes; you can still get mail order weed in Canada. The only problem is that you must be in Canada to buy pot online without breaking the law.

Before you book the next flight, you must know Canadian provincial and federal weed laws. If you intend to travel to Canada, I will show you how to follow American and Canadian drug laws.

Read more if you want to keep the authorities at bay. 

Why Can’t Americans Engage in Mail Order Weed?

States such as California and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana. But the U.S. Postal Service is a federal agency that must abide by federal laws.

Under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Shipping an illegal substance across state lines falls under interstate commerce. This constitutional provision allows the feds to get involved.

If you’re caught shipping cannabis across state borders, the following will occur:

  • A DEA investigation
  • Narcotics trafficking charges
  • Possible prison time

If you order marijuana online within a state that legalized weed, you may still face federal consequences.

Federal law supersedes state law.

Various shops have promised no-hassle pot deliveries through private couriers. Anyone making such promises is breaking the law.

The Private Route

Using FedEx or UPS seems like a good idea, but these companies must also follow federal guidelines. Further, private shipping companies can inspect a package if it contains an illegal substance.

A FedEx or UPS driver could also cooperate with federal officials if they find pot in your package. 

No one can undermine federal law, including medical marijuana users.

The only way to get mail order weed is to go to Canada.

Canadian Regulations

In Canada, you must be 18 years old to purchase cannabis for recreational purposes. However, some provinces stipulate that you must be 19 years old to buy it. In addition, shoppers must adhere to the federal standard if there are no provincial regulations. 

Moreover, you can only have up to 30 grams of weed in your possession. Currently, you can only obtain the following weed varieties:

  • Dried or fresh flowers
  • Oil
  • Seeds

You can also make cannabis-related food and drinks, as long as you don’t make concentrated forms of weed. Cannabis-infused products will not be legal in Canada until October 2019.

As an American, you cannot take any Canadian weed back to the United States. Even if you live in a permissive state, you cannot cross international borders with pot.

The Takeaway

Marijuana laws in Canada and the U.S. are changing, but you should remain cautious. If you live in the U.S., you should stay away from mail order weed altogether. 

Additionally, you should consult with an attorney on cannabis law if you are unsure about buying weed online. For more information on local attorneys near you, contact us today to get a clearer understanding of state and federal drug laws. 

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