Finally this year in Maine, after four years, lovers of cannabis rejoiced when Maine's recreational market finally opened. There were long lines at the retail establishments, there were over a million dollars in sales the first month, And although anecdotally expensive, sales have been brisk so far.

And of course, probably more than a few people traveled here from other places to check out our supply chain. Or maybe came home for Thanksgiving, and that was the first time. But what about when it's time to go home? Can you just pack that stinky green up in your suitcase and hit the road?

Short answer.... Nope! In fact the DEA is reminding folks of this fact as we're approaching another fairly busy travel season.... Christmas. While some folks are hoping to travel to Maine for a green Christmas, They may want to think twice to avoid ringing in an unhappy New Year.

For one thing, taking it across state lines is a no-no. Just because you bought it here, doesn't make it legal in other places. And worse, if you try to take it on a plane, you could face an array of federal charges leading to a hefty fine, and possibly even face jail time. You'd be surprised how seriously the feds take bringing drugs on a plane.

For instance, according to WGME - TV13, authorities in Texas are watching out specifically for folks travelling with cannabis or its derivatives. They're using drug-sniffing dogs on baggage in cargo areas, before they even get to baggage claim. So if they find it in your stuff, they'll be waiting to claim you, instead of you claiming your bags.

In short, as tempting as it may be to hit the road with whatever you've got leftover after visiting our fine state, you may just want to give it away. Or feed it to a deer. It's like candy to them, and no it doesn't make them high. Otherwise deer season, with its proximity to harvest time, would be a LOT easier for hunters, hahaha.

So enjoy you're green Christmas here in Maine, just don't trade it for an orange jumpsuit.

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