mailing cannabis edibles

Mailing cannabis edibles

New guidelines from the US Postal Service reveal the federal agency will now ship and deliver some cannabis products. Specifically, hemp products.

As first reported by Kight on Cannabis, the USPS “quietly released” the memo earlier this month. The letter cites the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, which federally permitted and expanded hemp cultivation throughout the US in states that legalized weed. The guidelines state the USPS will only handle cannabis products made from hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

Hemp is a form of cannabis that contains negligible amounts of THC, so it won’t get anyone buzzed. In recent years, its cultivation has grown popular in the US for extracting CBD, a non-intoxicating compound with medicinal properties.

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Of course, the US government won’t make mailing weed products easy. First, to ship hemp or hemp products through the USPS, mailers must fill out a form confirming they are sending hemp and only hemp. Lying on the self-certification statement could subject the mailer to federal perjury laws.

Second, only licensed industrial hemp producers can mail hemp products. So, think twice before sending some dank shatter hash to your buddy out in South Dakota.

Cannabis has been legal to varying degrees at the state levels since the 1990s, when California first approved medical cannabis. But even after Colorado and Washington state launched America’s first recreational or adult-use cannabis sales, the USPS forbade mailing any cannabis products through the postal system in accordance with federal law.

Despite the USPS’s ban, people kept sending weed through the postal system. In 2017, the agency discovered over 900 packages containing weed in Colorado alone.

The USPS memo does not change federal law, but rather it clarifies shipping rules now that hemp is federally legal. According to Marijuana Moment, the US Department of Agriculture, which oversees hemp nationwide, plans to issue new, comprehensive regulations for the plant sometime next year.

New guidelines from the USPS reveal that the federal agency will now ship and deliver hemp. But you still should think twice before sending some dank to your buddy out in South Dakota.


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We live in a time where cannabis is slowly becoming legal across the country in the eyes of individual states however, the federal government refuses to change its stance. And for that reason, residents of states where marijuana is still illegal are forced to either travel to recreational states, or miss out on varieties of top shelf strains. The privilege of visiting a recreational state becomes a tease for herbalists who must return home to black market mids, which sparks the desire to have a friend or “business” send them cannabis through the mail. I won’t say it’s impossible to accomplish, but shipping cannabis is stressful, not safe and 100% illegal. In case that’s not enough to keep you from trying (or continuing) to ship cannabis, here are a few more reasons.

When you’re planning to have cannabis shipped, anxiety is a common side effect. After you spend your money on cannabis (and it’s usually a pretty penny if you’re going out of state for it), now not only do you not have it in hand like you usually do but, you have to wait. And who knows what and for how long you’ll actually be waiting. Once your package leaves the sender, it passes through many hands, scans and buildings before it reaches you. But you already knew that. Things become scary when you have to be concerned whether the scanners at USPS, FedEx, UPS or DHL will flag your package. If the mailing agency feels there is something suspicious in a package, they have the right to open it for investigation. If you’ve ever gotten a package that has been tampered with, there’s a chance that the delivery carrier felt it was suspicious.

If your package is suspected of having illegal contents, they can remove what is illegal and ship what is not – tampered packaging and all. They can also confiscate the entire package, leaving you clueless as to where your package is. Or worst case scenario, they can contact the local police and to have authorities pay both the sender and recipient a visit. In all three of these outcomes, you will in no way be able to receive your cannabis or your money back. The buyer is to assume the risk when having cannabis shipped to them – they may not receive their purchase. If your package is taking longer than expected to arrive, it is safe to assume that it has been confiscated and you should not go looking for it. Doing so will only draw unnecessary attention to yourself. If you get caught sending or receiving cannabis, you are breaking both state and federal laws and could be facing jail time.

Shipping cannabis requires more cautious thought. Many people choose to ship through DHL, FedEx or UPS because they are not linked to the federal government like USPS is. While the United States Postal Service (USPS) is free, doesn’t require a return address and there’s less chance of package inspection, they are a federal agency that falls under the jurisdiction of federal police. DHL, FedEx and UPS on the other hand are private mailing services are known for being expensive, and employees tend to open packages.

The package must be inconspicuous, too. Certain packaging methods raise red flags for postal services, and it’s not for certain which method will ring the alarm for which courier. Things that may be questionable are heavily taped seams, fake return addresses, omitting the phone number on the shipping label, sender or recipient name not correlating to the address, handwritten labels, and fake business names. Marijuana is very potent, so the package should not give off any excess odor.

Marijuana is the most common drug intercepted by inspectors. Since cannabis is still federally illegal, you could potentially get up to five years in a federal penitentiary for sending 50 grams or less. And if you’re receiving, your knowledge and participation in the planning of the shipping makes you just as guilty as the person who mailed the package. Once the package is seized, you can face prosecution in both the state in which it was mailed and the state it was delivered from.

It is possible for you to successfully purchase and receive cannabis from another state. However, the risks that come along with it may make you question whether or not having marijuana sent through the mail is actually worth it. And if you happen to get lucky, be sure to continue to be safe and take all precautions should you decide to continue shipping cannabis. While the legality of cannabis may be changing, it doesn’t look like the laws of shipping it will be any time soon.

We live in a time where cannabis is slowly becoming legal across the country in the eyes of individual states however, the federal government refuses to change its stance. In case you’re trying (or continuing) to ship cannabis, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t.