A new TSA marijuana policy may just allow you to take weed with you on your flight. A lot of restrictions may be involved, however.
While marijuana is still illegal on the Federal level, there are certain circumstances where you might be allowed to being it on the plane with you. Some states have already legalized it, so if you’re flying between two such states, like Colorado and Washington, you might just have no problems.
Keep in mind that airports do fall under Federal law, and if you’re not flying between states that have legalized the drug, TSA agents reserve the right to notify local drug enforcement agencies and confiscate it or even have you arrested.
Another factor which might get you past TSA is if you have a medical marijuana card, which means your doctor will need to authorize your usage. It still depends on the agent, as the TSA marijuana policy isn’t exactly a firmly drawn line.
Keith Stroup, an attorney involved in the legalization movement, stated:
“I hear reports from people flying from one medical use site to another or flying from one part of California to another and they generally report that if they carry their authorization, they simply show the letter and are sent on their way and are allowed to keep their medicine.”
— John Goggin (@JohnGoggin) October 6, 2013
According to the official laws regarding marijuana on flights, the TSA has every right, no matter which states you fly between, to report the possession of marijuana to authorities. Marijuana is still illegal in the US and all airports are subject to the same laws. If it appears that even medical marijuana has been tampered with, or something even seems wrong, you might not be allowed on the plane with the drug even for medicinal use.
Keith Stroup says he’s happy to see that the laws are being enforced due to security measures, but marijuana is in at least a “gray zone.” He hopes that TSA marijuana policies are eventually lifted entirely and the drug is legalized everywhere.