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MAILING MARIJUANA – MISTAKES TO AVOID

Mailing marijuana, is it legal? Can if I just mail it, How about a courier service? If I get caught, what happens?

Sending weed in the mail is legal in many countries now, like Canada, for example, where it is the preferred shipping method for medical marijuana patients. In the US, as everyone knows, cannabis is legal at the State level but illegal at the Federal level and Federally incorporated companies are restricted from doing business in weed in any shape or form. So, beware that using a Federal courier service or USPS is technically illegal, but many people do it, and if the amounts are small then it is generally not a big deal. However, until the Federal government stops harassing the cannabis industry, honest weed smoking citizens should know the following.

Mailing to another state – its illegal

Sealing improperly – can be detected

Using a Federal Courier Service – they can open anything, anytime

Send large amounts – without a license, this is a criminal offense

Send in packaging that smells of skunk – you are asking for trouble whether its legal or not

Transporting cannabis across state lines is illegal right across the USA. If you get caught mailing your weed from California, even to Nevada, you are looking at a fine of jail. Using a Federal courier is illegal. Many people use FedEx, but if they open the package, your weed will be confiscated. The same goes for the US postal service, but the USPS requires a warrant to open packages while FedEx can open anything anytime,

If you sent Cannabis anywhere within the State of California, or any legal state, and it’s a legal amount, one ounce or under, it’s legal, but the Fed is weird and wants to exercise laws against marijuana that don’t exist, per the interpretation of the law by the senile, Reefer mad, Jeff Sessions. If you transport weed and it’s over an ounce, or you’re selling it, as opposed to gifting it to a friend.

From Reddit one blogger suggests using, Triple vacuum seal baby. Vacuum sealer available on Amazon for around $50 and this method should work fine, but remember again that thought its common, it’s illegal to mail weed. However, law enforcement is not looking for small non commercial amounts of pot, they’re interested commercial activity and real drug dealers. So, if you choose to mail a small bag of weed to a friend, do it right and bag it properly.

MMJDOCTORONLINE NOTES – State and local taxes on marijuana could surpass 45% in some parts of California, jeopardizing efforts to bring all growers and sellers into a state-licensed market in January, according to the global credit ratings firm Fitch Ratings. Medical Cannabis patients are exempt from paying much of that tax.

NEW MARIJUANA LAWS – WHAT IT TAKES TO GET BUSTED IN CALI

To become a licensed medical marijuana card holder, one must complete a 420 evaluation by a licensed medical doctor. Fortunately, this process is easy and can be completed online. Just type in a brief description about your conditions and symptoms, and a medical doctor will review your application on his tablet. Patients don’t pay for the application, only if they are approved. MMJDOCTORONLINE documents are used at delivery services, dispensaries cannabis clubs, cooperatives, compassion clubs in the State of California.

FURTHER READING

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Mailing marijuana, is it legal? Can if I just mail it, How about a courier service? If I get caught, what happens?

Why You Should Never Send Weed in the Mail

Monday September 17, 2018

T here are few government agencies with their own memorable children’s song, but sing the first few notes to, “here’s the mail, it never fails…” and any member of a certain generation of American youth is likely to give the full song in response. The American affinity for the US postal service is so extensive it even spawned multiple major motion pictures. However, the nation’s growing acceptance for legal cannabis is at odds with our affinity for shipping things – making the mail system off limits for marijuana businesses or consumers.

Until extensive laws change, let us be really clear, it is always a bad idea to send cannabis through the mail.

If that’s not enough to convince you that mailing weed is a bad idea, we’ll break it down even further to specifically highlight the main reasons why sending cannabis via the mail is something no cannabis consumer should ever consider.

It’s Illegal

Cannabis is still federally illegal and considered a schedule 1 drug, meaning that sending it through the mail amounts to trafficking. According to the DEA’s 2017 ominously titled “Drugs of Abuse” report, the most minimal of offenses possible (anything under 50kg of product, or 1-49 plants) is punishable by up to five years jail time and a fine of $250,000.

If you get arrested with friends, they can charge up to $1 million to the group. Second offenses will double that, and it only gets worse for larger amounts. The US postal service is also a federal agency, meaning aside from cannabis laws, you can also be charged with misuse of mail and other mail-tampering related offenses. Even if the state you reside in is generally cool with it and decides to not prosecute, wherever it is arriving might be a different story, and each place can decide to prosecute however it pleases. Sending cannabis through the mail is definitively illegal in any circumstance, unless you are acting on behalf of a federal agency with the approved paperwork, which lets be honest, if you’re reading this article, that’s probably not the case.

Sender and Receiver are Both Equally at Fault

Maybe you’re thinking, “not my address, not my problem, it’s on whomever receives it.” This is flat out false. Both sides can be charged. People tend not to realize how well tracked the mail is, either by USPS or private companies like UPS or FedEx, and using things like fake names or addresses is actually a red flag to federal agencies, and is more likely to get your shipment flagged. All of the loopholes and workarounds that you’ll hear from friends are usually just wishful thinking.

Say Goodbye to a Future in Cannabis

If you work in the cannabis industry, or have any aspirations of getting into it, that would become impossible after a charge. Even if someone was okay with risking a fine or jail time, those in the cannabis industry may also be risking their livelihood.

In many legalized states, workers have to be licensed in order to be allowed to work in the marijuana industry, and the determination of that licensing is largely based on past criminal record, especially in relation to cannabis. Most consider having a clean criminal record the only requirement for holding a badge, so sending a package means effectively risking that possibility.

Risk Losing Your Product

It’s probably the least of one’s concerns, but it’s still a huge bummer. Though prices are constantly falling, cannabis still costs money. Even if nothing legal happens, the product is likely to be confiscated. Every year, the DEA publishes data on the amount of seized cannabis. In 2017, the record was broken for cannabis seized leaving Colorado through the mail, and it became so problematic in Oregon that its US Attorney issued an editorial about how overproduction was driving the black market. He stated, “In 2017 alone, postal agents in Oregon seized 2,644 pounds of marijuana in outbound parcels. ”

Without question, a lot of pot isn’t winding up at its destination, and your package is likely to be part of it. After it doesn’t arrive, you’ll get to play the fun waiting game of wondering if you’re going to be charged for it or not. Which, doesn’t always happen the way you’d expect…

The Government Probably Knows You Did It

So, maybe someone you know got a package of marijuana in the mail. Bravo, all is well. Clearly no one is watching, because it worked, right? Nope. Often, it’s not advantageous for the federal government to go through the process of prosecuting someone who has broken the law, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know about it, and won’t keep a record.

If it ever becomes advantageous to use that information at a later time, they can. Statutes of limitations will vary from state to state, but are generally longer for drug trafficking than drug possession. The current limit in California is five years from the date of the incident, just to give you an idea. One postal agent who spoke to me on the condition of anonymity put it simply, “We know. We always know. It’s either not worth the time, or we’re waiting for the right time.” Usually, after first being detected, they start to watch your activity and wait to see if there’s a larger charge to prosecute you for while you continue to send packages under a false sense of security, continuing to incriminate yourself.

The Consequences Outweigh the Risks

If you’re an upstanding citizen who would like to continue living freely in America, then it’s obvious you should never mail cannabis – no matter how lucrative it may be or how desperately someone may be asking you. Next time your friend begs you to just send out a few grams or a couple edibles, tell them to consider putting the money towards a plane ticket so they can come visit your wonderful legalized state and enjoy marijuana safely and legally.

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Mailing cannabis is a serious offense and can leave you with some pretty hefty consequences if you're caught. Learn more about why mailing marijuana is never a good idea and some of the steep ramifications that you could face if caught.