The states view of cannabis, particularly medical marijuana, quite frankly pisses me off. I have been on several different so called pain medications in the past 4 years that did very little to control the pain but gave me bad side effects. One, a nerve pill, did nothing to help with nerve pain but caused me to gain 40lbs in 6 months as a lovely side effect. Another was supposed to help with muscle pain. Guess what, it didn't. But left me in a zombie like state half the day. And people are selling them like candy on the street corner for that reason. But they're legal.
Where am I going with this? Well, as a Canadian traveling to the states, it's perfectly fine to carry a whole pharmacy of opioids across the border with no consequences. But, even if I'm traveling into a state where medical marijuana is legal, I can't carry it with me. A medication that actually works and leaves me with no side effects. As soon as I mention that I have medical marijuana at the border, I'm immediately thrown into the same category as the average drug runner or dealer. Despite the fact that it is legal in Ontario where I'm coming from as well as being legal in Minnesota where I'm going, because the border is federally controlled and the federal government is about 20 years behind the times, all of a sudden I'm a criminal in their eyes and have the possibility of receiving a lifetime ban on entering the states.
Where does that leave me? I can choose to ignore the fact that the us government is antiquated and bring it with me hoping to not get caught at the border and if I do, suffer the consequences. I could leave it at home and switch to a so called legal pain med that leaves me feeling high all day and travel to the states. Or, I can stay home.
We just did mount Rushmore. That's 8 people traveling through the states eating American food, buying American gas, staying in American campgrounds etc for 2 weeks. When we got back, we had a serious discussion about ever going back to the states for more than a couple days as I can't bring my pain medication with me. I'm not talking about a high thc bud that leaves me stoned for hours. I'm talking about a very low % thc pill that is a slow release, actually works for the entire day to control severe nerve and muscle pain, and leaves me with no cognitive side effects. The federal government would rather see me jacked up on oxycontin all day walking around like a zombie.
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You might try going to a dispensary in the US when here I don't know if they would honor your Canadian medical card but getting one from a US doctor takes 10 minutes and are usually in or near the dispensary. Marty