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Smoking Pot on a Cruise Ship: Is It Legal?

It’s not a stretch to say that parts of the United States have been rethinking how they categorize cannabis; pot legalization and decriminalization movements have been gaining ground across the country in recent years. As of 2016, the District of Columbia and four states — including Alaska and Washington, two popular cruise destinations — have legalized marijuana for personal use, and another 21 states have legalized it for medical use.

But does that mean you can blaze up on the high seas? Hardly. Despite many states and cities downgrading penalties for possession, marijuana is still classified as a narcotic under federal law — and those are the rules that govern international cruise shipping. Besides the fact that the aforementioned law supersedes any state or local laws, every single cruise line has a rule prohibiting marijuana in their contracts of carriage. Combined with the fact that almost all cruise lines are nonsmoking these days, and you’ll see why smoking pot on a cruise ship is a huge no-no.

And in a nod to the ever-changing evolution of cannabis products, we’ll take our warnings a few steps further and offer this as a bottom line: No pot — or any of the myriad products on the market that now contain cannabis — is allowed on cruise ships, ever. It’s really that simple.

Despite this clarity, we’ve found a few questions about marijuana use on cruise vacations that are worth addressing. We’ll do our best to answer them below.

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