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Traveling with THC

Traveling to Italy in May. Does anyone know if it’s okay to travel with THC tinctures and lotions?

Posted by
1017 posts

First of all, do you really think that asking members of this Forum is a reasonable substitute for getting a definitive legal opinion from an attorney?

Second, what are THC tinctures and lotions?

Third, I would suggest that if you want to use/purchase THC compounds in Italy, it might be easier to purchase them there, assuming that they are legal in Italy. If you cannot purchase, then that would be more valuable information than enduring a dog sniff and body pat-down at the border.

Posted by
744 posts

Of course, it's not "OK" to travel with them. But I respect your asking and would like to offer a non-authoritative, non-judgemental response to your question.

The risks are your own to weigh, but I know many people that have traveled to EU countries with THC products a number of times in the last decade. Rules of thumb seem to be: distillate forms—edibles and tinctures, always in original, sealed packaging, and never carrying anything back to the US.

Posted by
799 posts

Isn't THC still illegal under US federal law? And I believe the feds are starting to go after hemp derived THC (Delta-8). So even if THC is legal in Italy, in theory it is illegal to cross state lines in the US with a THC product.

Posted by
935 posts

I would not chance it, there are other things you can take to help with pain or anxiety that are legal. When I travel I like to make things as smooth and care free as possible.

Posted by
3 posts

Thanks everyone! I’m relatively new to medical marijuana and don’t want to have any issues traveling.

Posted by
32 posts

There are dogs at airports. Not sure if they're trained for that or explosives, but why risk it?

Posted by
2580 posts

And you don't really need an attorney, you probably need a doctor to weigh in. But as noted, why chance it? It's still early days for mainstreaming of pot and its constituents.

Posted by
97 posts

Have you seen the movie "Midnight Express?"

Posted by
97 posts

Have you seen the movie "Midnight Express?" Joke. Anyway, while it may be legal in your home state. It is illegal on a federal level and traveling internationally with it is a big no!

Posted by
31471 posts

"There are dogs at airports. Not sure if they're trained for that or explosives"

I can say with absolute certainty that there are dogs trained specifically for drug detection, and they are exceptional at finding things like THC.

I can't provide definitive legal advice, but if I were in the same position, I'd check the legal requirements for each country that I'd be visiting. Some may allow tinctures and lotions, some not.

Posted by
11249 posts

The ony good thing about traveling with THC is that you might get a free extension on your trip to Italy. Room and board included. Of course, you couldn't do any sightseeing and more than likely the food wouldn't be that good. Nor would there be any gelato.

Bringing back THC products into the USA is also illegal. Even if you arrive in a state that allow medical marijuana, you would be breaking federal law that doesn't allow it. Federal law overrides state law.

Your state's medical marijuana laws don't travel with you. They are only good in that state. Leave the THC stuff at home.