Marijuana is a burning hot topic these days. See what we did there? In the past few years, new cannabis companies seem to be popping up every day (mostly in Canada, where marijuana has recently been declared legal). In August of 2018, Constellation Brands even went so far as to pour a $4 BILLION investment into Canopy Growth! That’s a whole lotta hash…I mean, cash. On a serious note, as the cannabis industry continues to mature, more and more shippers will find themselves asking if they can ship marijuana in the United States. While it might seem like an exciting opportunity, it’s time we tell you the hard truth about shipping marijuana and other cannabis products.
Is it Legal to Ship Marijuana through USPS?
No! At least not yet. With current United States federal laws and regulations in place, it is 100% ILLEGAL to ship marijuana through the USPS. Not only is it on the list of USPS shipping restrictions—it’s a FEDERAL OFFENSE. That means if you get caught shipping it, you’ll be hit with some pretty heavy fines and serious jail time. Therefore, Shipping School suggests you don’t even think about shipping marijuana in the United States until the laws change in the future…if they ever do.
What if I Live in a Marijuana Legal State?
Nope! When it comes to our country’s mail delivery services, federal law trumps state law and all other laws of the land. That means even if you live in a legalized cannabis state, you still can’t send marijuana through the mail. Sorry, Charlie.
What if I Use UPS, FedEx, or Another Carrier?
We’re afraid the answer is still no. Federal law declares that sending marijuana is illegal across all modes of mail delivery—no matter which shipping carrier you choose. Therefore, it’s still illegal to ship marijuana through private carriers like UPS, FedEx, or DHL.
What About Other Cannabis Products?
Here’s where it gets interesting. In December 2018, both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the Farm Bill. To make a long story short, this piece of legislation officially establishes a definition between THC and CBD, and stipulates that CBD-infused products such as industrialized hemp are NOT considered controlled substances. To translate the fancy lawyer talk: CBD and hemp are legal now, and you’ll probably be able to ship them with USPS! Well…almost. President Trump still needs to sign the Farm Bill before it officially becomes a clear-cut law, but he has expressed favor for it.
The Industrial Hemp Exemption
The issue of whether or not you can ship industrial hemp is even more interesting. As of now, the line between shipping industrial hemp and other CBD products is still murky. There have been recorded instances where USPS exempted industrial hemp from non-mailable CBD products and deemed industrial hemp mailable (assuming the shipper has all the proper licensing). However, it looks like CBD as a whole is still non-mailable. For now, all we can do is wait and see if this law changes in the near future.