Dos and Don’ts for Driving in Missouri with Marijuana in Your Car
Now that medical marijuana is legal in Missouri, state residents are free to get the natural relief that cannabis provides. But, those who have a Missouri medical marijuana card still need to make sure they are consuming their cannabis within the bounds of the law. There are several ways to find yourself in legal hot water when it comes to marijuana, especially when you are driving.
Marijuana laws are constantly changing, so it’s important that you stay up to date on Missouri’s laws concerning cannabis. Any time you are driving your car, you’ll want to make sure you are making smart choices to prevent any unwanted legal hassles.
Tips for Driving in Missouri When You Have Cannabis in Your Vehicle:
DO: Keep your Missouri medical marijuana card with you at ALL TIMES.
Your Missouri medical marijuana card is your passport to being allowed to legally possess cannabis. Make sure that it is with you any time you have marijuana on your person so that there is never a question about whether or not you are within the bounds of the law.
DON’T: Make reckless driving decisions, especially when you have cannabis.
Make sure you obey all traffic laws if there is cannabis in your car. Pay attention to all traffic signs, wear your seatbelt, use your blinker, and make safe driving decisions. If there is cannabis in your possession, any erratic driving may cause a police officer to believe you are impaired. Since cannabis stays in your system even after the high has worn off, it is not always easy to defend your sobriety. Don’t leave it up to chance. Make smart choices behind the wheel.
DO: Keep your cannabis in a locked container that is odor-proof.
If you are pulled over and a police officer smells cannabis, they may think that you’re driving while impaired, even if you aren’t. Do yourself a favor and purchase an odor-proof container to avoid any issues that may arise due to the scent of your medicine.
DON’T: Keep your cannabis anywhere you can reach it.
This includes the glove compartment, back seat, or in a bag on the floor of the car. If you can reach it, a police officer has reason to believe you may be driving while impaired.
A good rule of thumb is to think of cannabis in your car the same way you would think of an open alcohol container. You shouldn’t be able to access it, or an officer may think that you’re consuming it while driving. Keep your cannabis out of reach any time you’re behind the wheel.
DON’T: Drive while impaired.
Know your dose and if you are high, don’t drive. Period.
DO: Keep your products in the original container that they came in.
Especially if that container is sealed. You may be tempted to open the container to get a whiff of that new strain, but if the container is sealed, then a police officer cannot mistakenly believe that you have consumed what is inside before operating your vehicle.
DON’T: Make a big production of consuming your cannabis products while in the car.
If you open the door and smoke billows out of your car like the Mystery Machine, an officer may believe you were getting high while driving and not simply consuming your cannabis after you parked. Remember, although medical marijuana is legal, many individuals still carry the judgment and stigma that has faced cannabis use for a long time. You don’t want to do anything that might give them a reason to call the authorities or cause a confrontation.
DO: Make sure your insurance and tags are up to date and current.
These are basic driving laws, but if you’ve got cannabis with you, those things can cause a domino effect that results in unnecessary suspicion. Don’t give the police a reason to pull you over.
DON’T: Have more cannabis than you are legally allowed to.
Missouri state law allows patients to possess half a pound of cannabis. That means eight ounces, and no more. Technically, you are only allowed to purchase four ounces each month, but you can legally carry a sixty day supply. If you have a marijuana cultivation card, you can carry an additional four ounces (for a total of twelve).
Don’t carry more than you are allowed, especially if you’re with someone else in public. The police might assume that additional amount is for your companion, and if they don’t have a medical card, you could actually get someone else in trouble. Speaking of which…
DON’T: Leave someone else holding the bag.
One of the worst things you can do is get someone else in trouble for your marijuana. So, don’t leave the car to go to the bathroom at a rest stop or for any other reason if it would leave someone (especially someone without a medical card) in sole possession of your cannabis.
DO: Know your legal options
It’s important to know your legal rights when it comes to cannabis. If you are a Missouri resident with a medical marijuana card, you are legally allowed to possess cannabis. So, be transparent.
If you do find yourself in legal hot water, we recommend having the contact information of an attorney that specializes in cannabis law, such as KC Cannabis Lawyers.
Another thing you may want to consider is getting a pre-paid cannabis DUI defense plan. Unlike alcohol, which leaves your system once you sober up, cannabis stays in your system long after your high wears off. Having a pre-paid defense ensures you have representation in case you get into a sticky situation.
Relief? You Deserve It
There’s no need to wait. You can legally enjoy the natural relief that cannabis provides. All you need is a Missouri medical marijuana card. If you don’t have your card yet, we can help you with that. Our doctors are standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.
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