The legalization of cannabis is so new in Minnesota that you still can't even buy it here. (With a few exceptions for Reservations.) Most people know some of the laws, but they may not be 100% sure. I was talking with a friend the other day and he was saying it's legal to have pot on you in Minnesota even if you get pulled over. That's not 100% the case.

Under the law, you can have marijuana in your car.

Think of marijuana as very similar to the alcohol laws. You can't have an open container of alcohol in your car. You can't have an opened bottle of booze, even if it's in the backseat. You can't have an open beer can in the cupholder. Even if you aren't drinking it, it's illegal.

So if you had an opened bag or unsealed bag in your car, that's breaking the law.


Put it in your trunk if you have one.

The best way to transport cannabis without getting in trouble is to have it in your vehicle's trunk. It's the same with booze. If you have an open bottle in your trunk, out of reach, then it's legal.

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What if I don't have a trunk?

If you don't have a trunk, the law states that the cannabis products can be in another area of the vehicle not normally occupied by the driver and passengers.

Can you have it in your glovebox?

According to the League Of Minnesota Cities, the law says that a utility compartment or glove compartment is deemed to be within the area occupied by the driver and passengers. So that's a big no.

Familiar yourself with the laws and regulations so you don't inadvertently get in trouble. Remember, it's illegal to drive high.

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