Crossing the border with your medical marijuana
Thanksgiving is next week, and families are putting the final touches on their holiday plans.
With so many out-of-town drivers on the roadways, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on laws in other states.
Earlier this month, medical marijuana was made legally available in Illinois under a tightly regulated pilot program.
Patients picking up their prescriptions at the Harbory in Marion, Illinois, are required to keep their marijuana locked up and out of reach when they’re behind the wheel.
Harbory general manager Sheri Donahue says medical marijuana is in a sealed container when it leaves the dispensary.
"Once the package is open, it would be considered just like any —like alcohol or something like that. It’s an open container," says Donahue.
Once they get home, that’s when the seal can be broken.
"And it’s suppose to be used only at their residence," says Donahue.
So, if you’re spending Thanksgiving down the road at grandma’s house, Donahue suggests leaving your medical marijuana at home where it’s legal.
"Transporting it is transporting it," says Donahue. "So, whether it’s within the state lines or whether it’s outside of the state lines, you should not be transporting any open containers."
If you’re traveling out-of-state for Thanksgiving, Kentucky State Police Trooper Jay Thomas says your prescription cannabis cannot travel with you, even if it’s sealed.
"Illinois has passed the medical marijuana, but once they cross the boarder into Kentucky, that marijuana is illegal," says Thomas.
His advice for prescription holders: Don’t bring it to Kentucky.
If you do, you could be spending your Thanksgiving in jail.
For those flying to their holiday destinations, you cannot bring pot on a plane, even if it’s medical.
That’s because airports are under federal jurisdiction and, under federal law, marijuana possession is illegal and punishable by up to one year in jail and a minimum fine of $1,000, if it’s your first conviction.