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Do not ship pot in the mail

I remember reading in the Mail Tribune over the summer about shipping pot out of state. I’ve got some friends in Illinois who are waiting for the pot stores to open there, so I was thinking of shipping some marijuana to them as a Christmas present. My friends are so jealous that marijuana has been legal in Oregon, and they can’t wait to get their hands on some good buds.

— Tim S., Medford

No, Tim, emphatically no. Do not send pot across state lines and do not send it through the mail.

Marijuana — the kind of cannabis that gets you high — is illegal under federal law and cannot be shipped across state lines.

What you remember reading in the Mail Tribune was an article about hemp, cannabis’ nonintoxicating cousin, which can be shipped across state lines, though it could be subject to searches and possible seizures in some states.

You’re right, though. Cannabis will be legal to sell in Illinois Jan. 1. Michigan began recreational sales Dec. 1.

Marijuana is legal in 11 states for adults older than 21, and legal for medical use in 33 states.

In the West, Oregon, California, Washington, Nevada and Colorado have all legalized marijuana.

Most of the Midwest, apart from Illinois and Michigan, still considers marijuana illegal, but a number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use.

We’d suggest letting your friends savor the imminent legalization of marijuana. After all, they only have a month left to go to the store and legally buy cannabis in their state.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.