Cannabis Transport: The Proper Way to Deliver
Cannabis transport presents its own unique set of logistics issues. With a burgeoning industry and varied state legislation across the nation, understanding the requirements of secure, proper transport of cannabis plants and products is vital to your business. Dispensaries, growers, caregivers, and anyone else involved with distribution should take the time to become familiar with the dos and don’ts of transporting cannabis.
Cannabis transportation is heavily regulated in the United States at both a state and federal level. Even in states where cannabis is legal, a business often must be legally licensed when handling any substantial amount of cannabis products, as well as if any money is being exchanged. Ensure that you have all essential documentation on hand while traveling, including patient registry cards, dispensary documents, caregiver licenses, etc. The exact documentation varies by state legislation, so familiarize yourself with the relevant policies before transportation begins.
However, cannabis remains illegal by federal law, which applies as soon as you start crossing state or national borders. As of January 4, 2018, the federal government can prosecute individuals and businesses in these circumstances, regardless of state law. Even as a legal retailer, you can be charged with drug trafficking.
Safe Cannabis Transport
Broadly, open-container laws apply to cannabis products just as with alcohol, but the definition of an open container is up to interpretation. Buds and products should be in locked, closed containers in the trunk, or in any other sealed compartment away from the driver and passengers if a trunk is not present. This is the most certain way to be safe from these laws, and it’s also a good practice for ensuring the products remain safe during transport.
Transporting plants is different from CBD transport, in that the plants must be kept safe so they can be transplanted later. Generally, marijuana plants are transported when they are young, before they have begun budding or flowering. This is when transport is easiest because the plants’ growth accelerates as they begin to flower and the root systems can make transport difficult. A van or truck bed, preferably with a tarp covering them, offers effective means for carrying the plants.
As with any business that must transport goods, insurance can be invaluable. In particular, marine insurance covers the value of cargo in transit in the event of loss or damage. The distinction between this and more restrictive forms of coverage should be noted, as carrier liability repays less and under stricter conditions. Be sure, though, that the insurer in question will cover for cannabis plants and products, as it might not be a given depending on local regulations.
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