Cannabis is a fantastic medicine for so many people. Unfortunately, the US Federal government does not agree with the medical professional and patients who find relief from this plant. Cannabis is listed as a Schedule I drug, making it among the most restricted out of all drug classes.
Now you may be thinking: “Hey, I’m in California. Cannabis is a legal medicine in my state and I have a doctor’s recommendation to use it for my condition(s).” You are right that there are legal avenues to administer cannabis medicine in California, but there are a few places that our state laws are trumped by Federal laws:
- Forest Service Department of Defense
- Bureau of Land Management
- Fish and Wildlife Service
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Bureau of Reclamation
- Agency Property (NASA, DOE, TVA, etc)
Federal Property in Northern California
If you are a Bay Area resident, there are several locations that you should be very conscious about not possessing or consuming your cannabis medicine. The tricky part is that these locations are not always marked as Federal property, so let’s take a minute to review:
The Treasure Island Music Festival is rapidly approaching, but you should probably consider leaving your cannabis at home. While the festival is sure to have their own security to minimize conflicts, Treasure Island is in fact a closed naval base that remains under the oversight of the Federal government.
While you probably are not going to be near other Bay Area military installations (like Alameda and Oakland), Treasure Island is commonly overlooked as an area where cannabis offenses are under Federal jurisdiction.
The Presidio is a beautiful and historic section of San Francisco. It is also under the control and survey of National Park Service rangers. While these dedicated individuals spend most of their time worrying about environmental conservancy, they are also obligated to apprehend and punish any cannabis offenses that occur on National Park property. (Yes, it is the property of all Americans, but it is not subject to California amendments).
Ocean Beach is a wonderful place to relax when it ‘s not too foggy. But O.B. is another example of Federal land that does not permit any cannabis consumption. To clarify, Ocean Beach is specifically protected by the National Park Service. Not all beaches in California are under Federal oversight, but you aren’t supposed to be smoking anything on beaches under our own state laws.
If you are thinking about heading into Marin county with cannabis, you should definitely watch your step. While populated towns are under state jurisdiction, they are often surrounded on all sides by Federally-protected land.
You probably do not frequent any property maintained by Federal agencies, but please be careful when traveling with your medicine. It is better to be informed about the legality of cannabis than to find out firsthand from a Federal agent.
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