Sep 232018

After reading my blog post about using medical marijuana to control my back pain, I got an email from a longtime reader telling me that her husband suffered with pain for many years until his doctor suggested medical marijuana 12 years ago. Since they live in Colorado it was easy to get, and just like with me, it did wonders for him and he hasn’t had to revert back to the opioids the doctors had been prescribing for him. But they are concerned about the legalities of crossing state lines and into states that do not allow medical marijuana. She said they can’t even visit family in Nebraska without risking the possibility of jail time and wondered how we plan to address the problem when we visit family in Alabama or Arizona.

I replied that it is an issue we are going to have to figure out before our next road trip, and something we are concerned about as well. And at this point, I really don’t have an answer. It’s wrong that people should be considered criminals by crossing a state line because they use a natural product to control pain, but they can take their prescribed opioids with them.

It’s like traveling with firearms. If you are traveling through a state where gun laws are very restrictive you run the risk of being arrested. So you have to make a decision as to whether you are more concerned about your personal safety or your personal freedom if you are caught. There is no easy answer. One difference is that RVers probably don’t get stopped as often as people traveling in passenger cars might. But even in our motorhome we went through many Border Patrol checkpoints out west where they have dogs trained to detect narcotics. The never did a walk around our coach, but I guess it’s possible.

Speaking of traveling, the other day a friend of mine told me that they are staying in Airbnb’s on a trip they are taking. I got curious and started reading up a little bit about them, and they’re very intriguing. These are privately owned cottages, apartments, condos, or sometimes even a spare bedroom in somebody’s house that they rent out to travelers. In looking at the Airbnb website, I saw some very nice rentals available in many places we like to visit and for a lot less money than hotels. I think we may go that route on our next out-of-town trip. Have any of you used Airbnb? If so, what has your experience been like?

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Thought For The Day – As an adult I can go anywhere I please and do anything I want. Most of the time I just want to go home.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  15 Responses to “An Issue To Be Aware Of”

  1. There was a dog that walked around our rig at the station between Yuma and Q.

    Can your doctor write you a prescription that doesn’t specifically say marijuana that might help if you ever do get stopped?

  2. We have been travelling using AirBNB for a few years after selling our rv. We always pick from the “entire place” and “Superhost” option and have not been disappointed. Great way to travel.

  3. Try It stands for vacation rental by owner. Another well known option to airbnb.

    I enjoy the blog and your books! Thank you!!!

    Ben in MN

  4. Airbnb is a great way to travel you can rent out your extra bedroom or the whole house if you want to go to the West Coast you could stay at Airbnb all the way across the states. They are similar to the VBO vacation by owner
    In fact some people subscribe to both
    Pickett Destiination anywhere in the country or anywhere in the world
    I would think if you were card carrying member of the pot club of your state.
    Even so it is a federal offense.
    I honestly doubt you would ever have a problem the next time you see a cop ask him what his opinion it would be if he stopped somebody with it from out of state you probably be surprised if his answer I think it would be something like you’re a medical user not an abuser
    Most states are decriminalizing marijuana To the point it’s hardly on anybody’s radar

  5. I stayed at an airbag recently in Saratoga Springs NY. Y first time, and it was off-season. I chose a room in someone’s house because it was cheaper and more convenient to where I had to go. My experience was okay.

    It was strange being in someone’s house, but not exactly being a “guest”. I was there 10 days … A shorter stay would have been better.

  6. NIck, my daughter has uses AirBNB loctations for several trips and has had good experiences everywhere so far. She highly recommends them.

  7. We used Airbnb in Ireland. Had a great time. Really nice to meet so many different people. Some have breakfast some don’t. Some were more friendly some less friendly. It’s a toss up but we would do it again.

  8. We started an Airbnb in July of this year in Toledo, Oregon. We have been booked nearly every night since. We have a cabin beside our motorhome and use the cabin for guests. So far we have gotten 5* reviews and have enjoyed all the interesting guest we get. It seems to be a growing business. We’ve enjoyed doing it.

  9. Nebraska is a little insane over marijuana. So, so proud of how much they confiscate on I-80…thousands of pounds a year. Makes me wonder what they do with it all. Probably sell it to makers of cannabis oil & capsules in the states where medical use IS legal. LOL This state’s biggest problem is that there are to many oh-so-righteous people who say absolutely NO to marijuana, gambling, etc., then keep raising taxes on citizens instead of legalizing marijuana & gambling and taxing them. I’d say for anyone carrying any form of medical marijuana into this state to stay off the interstate, don’t speed and make sure your headlights, tail lights, blinkers and anything else visible on your car is in tip-top condition so as not to give the SP any reason to stop you. (We won’t even talk about the meth & opioid issues.)

  10. I think it all boils down to the amount. If you have just a very small amount for personal use only, and cannot be accused of Possession With the Intent to Deliver, most jurisdictions will not go to the expense of some kind of prosecution. If you can produce a Medical Card from another state and the substantiating documentation as to medical condidiotn, so much the better. They are not gonna want to put you in jail and cost the taxpayers. That being said, I have no experience with the insanity of Nebraskans! My experience in traveling is that the “grey-hairs” are seldom bothered. Young folks, especially those with autos registered in CO, WA, CA and other “legal” states are much more at risk. And … if you happen to be non-anglo you are doubly at risk. These days … these times we live in …

  11. My daughter and son-in-law use Airbnb a lot when they travel. They have had great experiences, and even have one booked for November in Greece.

  12. Texas stopped and searched me while making accusations, because I had a Colorado tag. The fact I was a 60 year old veteran breaking no laws, made no difference. The non states are crazy about it! Assume you will be stopped and searched. There is no 4th amendment!

  13. These medical marijuana laws often don’t make any sense. Case in point: Marijuana is legal in Washington. It will be legal in Canada in October. But if a Canadian crosses the border and is questioned about marijuana use and says “yes I use marijuana – even in the past – he or she can be barred from EVER entering the United States. Apparently this rule will continue after it’s legal here and some are predicting that the ‘bans’ will increase. Sounds to me like we’re encouraging people to lie.

  14. Nick: We stayed at an AirBnB on the “Big” Island; very nice, not too far from the Volanco National Park, but it was the only time we have done that and our daughter arranged it. She and her hubby and friends use them all the time all over the place. but then they also use Lyft and Uber, neither of which we have ever used. 🙂

  15. States that allow medical marijuana will generally honor a doctor’s recommendation from another state, although some don’t recognize those from California, since California doesn’t recognize out of state recommendations. Check the internet since it’s pretty easy to find the law in each state. Having said that, the Border Patrol checkpoints enforce federal laws, not state laws. You’d be hard pressed to find a U.S. Attorney who will prosecute someone who is in compliance with state law of this, but they will seize your weed and can detain you for hours if they’re so inclined. They’re generally not so inclined, but they do have the power to arrest you.

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