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Of course, the US government won’t make mailing weed products easy. First, to ship hemp or hemp products through the USPS, mailers must fill out a form confirming they are sending hemp and only hemp. Lying on the self-certification statement could subject the mailer to federal perjury laws.

Second, only licensed industrial hemp producers can mail hemp products. So, think twice before sending some dank shatter hash to your buddy out in South Dakota.
As first reported by Kight on Cannabis, the USPS “quietly released” the memo earlier this month. The letter cites the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, which federally permitted and expanded hemp cultivation throughout the US in states that legalized weed. The guidelines state the USPS will only handle cannabis products made from hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

Hemp is a form of cannabis that contains negligible amounts of THC, so it won’t get anyone buzzed. In recent years, its cultivation has grown popular in the US for extracting CBD, a non-intoxicating compound with medicinal properties.
Despite the USPS’s ban, people kept sending weed through the postal system. In 2017, the agency discovered over 900 packages containing weed in Colorado alone.
New guidelines from the USPS reveal that the federal agency will now ship and deliver hemp. But you still should think twice before sending some dank to your buddy out in South Dakota.
New guidelines from the USPS reveal that the federal agency will now ship and deliver hemp. But you still should think twice before sending some dank to your buddy out in South Dakota.
Cannabis has been legal to varying degrees at the state levels since the 1990s, when California first approved medical cannabis. But even after Colorado and Washington state launched America’s first recreational or adult-use cannabis sales, the USPS forbade mailing any cannabis products through the postal system in accordance with federal law.

New guidelines from the US Postal Service reveal the federal agency will now ship and deliver some cannabis products. Specifically, hemp products.

New guidelines from the USPS reveal that the federal agency will now ship and deliver hemp. But you still should think twice before sending some dank to your buddy out in South Dakota.

Shipping weed from california

As of right now, state rules require vehicles used to transport marijuana be owned or leased by someone with a permit issued by the state bureau. Anyone who transports cannabis or cannabis products are required to scan their seed-to-smoke RFID tag upon both pickup and delivery. Vehicles must be equipped with GPS technology and are required to stick to a predetermined route with no unplanned stops. Vehicles used for this transport must be smaller than 10,000 pounds because anything over that is regulated by the federal government. That’s why you see most marijuana deliveries are conducted via armored cars or Sprinter vans.

Because the federal government considers marijuana to be a dangerous narcotic, it is a federal felony offense to transport it interstate. Because of the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution, the federal government can prosecute you for federal crimes, even if your actions are legal under state law. In-state transfers can be done lawfully, but it depends on the circumstances.
Shipping Marijuana by Mail

So our Los Angeles marijuana industry lawyers would conclude by saying: Yes, you technically can mail your marijuana. People do it every day. However, they are rolling the dice with the law. To discuss ways to ensure your business transport and shipment of marijuana in California is above board, call our dedicated Los Angeles cannabis industry lawyers today.
Cannabis Delivery by Road Transport
Although cannabis has been legal in California for recreational use since the start of this year, Los Angeles marijuana lawyers know there continues to be much confusion as to what is allowable and what isn’t in the course of conducting business. One legal woe cropping up of late involves marijuana shipping and transport. Shipping out-of-state (or sometimes even in-state) is fraught with legal pitfalls. If you are not careful, you and/ or your associates could wind up facing serious criminal charges, not to mention hefty fines.
Generally speaking, individuals over 21 transporting less than 1 ounce for non-commercial purposes in-state shouldn’t have an issue with law enforcement. However, businesses are going to be held to more stringent standards. Los Angeles cannabis industry lawyers know this marks a substantial change for many businesses, which for many years following the 1996 Compassionate Use Act were sort of operating in the wild west when it came to marijuana transportation because there weren’t any regulations at all. In many ways, the new rules make it safer because the expectations are clearer and legitimacy of one’s actions under state law can go a long way. On the other hand, fail to abide those stringent rules, and once again, we’re facing serious consequences.
Even use of third-party carriers isn’t safe for shipping cannabis either. First of all, because they aren’t federal or government agencies, they aren’t under any obligation to get a search warrant before searching a package they deem suspicious. The U.S. Supreme Court in fact ruled that use of a third-party carriers for shipment removes any reasonable expectation one might have had for privacy and gives a lot of discretion to the carrier. Those companies might not want to lose customers, but they also don’t want to end up in hot water themselves either. This is exactly what happened when FedEx was indicted in 2014 and UPS in 2013 for transporting illegal painkillers and other prescription drugs through unlawful online pharmacies. UPS actually paid $40 million to settle the case. Although neither involved marijuana, it still established a huge incentive for these companies to make sure they are monitoring their packages for illicit substances.

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control lays the groundwork for the state’s digital track-and-trace system and is responsible for licensing every vehicle used to transport marijuana across the state.

Although cannabis has been legal in California for recreational use since the start of this year, Los Angeles marijuana lawyers know there continues to be — November 21, 2018