Flying with marijuana: Will TSA stop you for edibles, CBD products in your bag?

(NEXSTAR) – It’s already a busy summer for travel – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reports that as of early June, seven of the agency’s 10 busiest days occurred in 2024 – so there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself through airport security soon.

There are many items you will be allowed to bring through the TSA checkpoint. Of course, you may have to rush the water you forgot to pour out of your bottle and put your shampoo in one of the small travel containers, but you shouldn’t have any other problems.

When it comes to dealing with marijuana, no matter what type it is, it’s a bit more complicated.

In the past few years, many countries have legalized the recreational and medical use of marijuana. In 2023, Ohio became the 24th state to do so. Kentucky also legalized medical marijuana last year, but patients will have to wait until next year before the program officially begins.

Federal authorities also seem ready to return marijuana as a less dangerous drug in the US Although that does not mean that it will be immediately legal throughout the country, it could be a step in that direction.

Until then, however, bringing marijuana to your site can slow you down more than an emergency hurricane directly at the airport.

Can you bring edibles or CBD products through TSA?

It depends. The TSA has guidelines on what cannabis products you can have in your checked bag or carry-on: those with no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight, and those approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Currently, the FDA has approved only four such products: Epidiolex, cannabidiol (or CBD); and three cannabis-related drug products: Marinol and Syndros, both considered dronabinol, and Cesamet, nabilone, which can be used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drugs.

So if your edibles or CBD products meet those requirements, you are allowed to fly with them.

These rules apply regardless of which airport – and status – you are flying to or from.

What if I have other marijuana products?

You may or may not be stopped by a TSA agent. Ultimately, those agents are “focused on detecting security threats and protecting the public transportation system,” a TSA spokesperson told Nexstar.

“If during the security monitoring process, something is identified as a potential security threat, further analysis will take place,” the spokesperson added. “If during that inspection a TSA officer finds anything that violates local, state or federal law, TSA forwards the matter to the appropriate law enforcement agency. TSA remains focused on enforcing priority in our transport life”.

A TSA spokesperson previously told Nexstar that officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs but must report them when they find them during an inspection. Local law enforcement will determine what, if any, action is taken.

“The TSA has gone out of its way to say it doesn’t target marijuana,” Larry Mishkin, an Illinois attorney at the Hoban Law Group, which provides legal services for people in the marijuana industry, previously told The Washington Post.

What if marijuana is legal in my destination or country of origin?

You will be able to bring in marijuana products that adhere to the TSA rules outlined above, but you may still have to dispose of your items before going through security.

Some airports, like O’Hare in Chicago, have drop boxes that allow passengers to dispose of weed before security. Los Angeles International warns passengers that while its airport police department “does not have the authority to arrest people if they obey” California’s marijuana law, TSA’s “checkpoints are under federal control.” .”

Additionally, due to TSA regulations regarding marijuana, your airline may not allow such products on their flights. Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, for example, say passengers are not allowed to carry marijuana on their planes, saying “anyone who carries or transports marijuana on American Airlines does so at his own risk.”

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