Pristine nature and national parks go hand in hand but be cautious! National parks abide by federal law and cannabis remains illegal under federal law, however cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC is considered technically legal. An additional note: national parks in the United States abide by their own separate regulations that may vary. These laws and regulations are designed to protect the parkland, wildlife and visitors. It is important to remember the land inside a national park is considered government land, not related to the state it is in, and therefore, not under state laws. Those caught with cannabis in a national park may face severe penalties, including steep fines, jail time and possible repercussions in your home state. Cross country trails also can have sections that are on federal land. Still wondering, for example, is weed legal in Yellowstone? Per an affiliated website, it is not. Period. (Bummer.)
Alex Freeburg, a criminal defense attorney who represents people accused of smoking or possessing cannabis in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, notes sprawling forested area doesn’t mean anyone can sneak a puff and get away with it. “The feds have way more resources than the states do… and are nationwide. In my experience—in Wyoming—on a first defense pot charge, you can get on probation,” says Freeburg. “If they’re not from Wyoming no big deal, they go back to their home state and there’s no Wyoming probation officer, you know, to check up on you in California. But with the feds, there is.”
Is cannabis legal in state parks?
Since national parks are out, many wonder is cannabis legal in state parks? Most state parks do not allow outside consumption of cannabis but check your specific potential site. Something that is key to consider for weed travels: not all states and countries allow non-residents to consume cannabis while visiting. Be sure to check the most recent laws before smoking and vaping as a tourist. Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission and Colorado Parks & Wildlife have both confirmed cannabis in their state parks is not permitted. On the plus side, in Colorado, Oregon and Washington State, privately owned camping areas that are weed-friendly have been increasing in numbers.
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