Flying with Medical Marijuana
Now that states have begun legalizing the use of medical cannabis, it has raised questions regarding whether or not it is legal to bring your medicine on a plane.
Recently, the Transportation Security Administration updated their security screening policy which allows individuals to travel with certain cannabis infused products such as hemp-derived CBD.
The policy update was a result of the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill which federally legalized hemp and its derivatives.
According to TSA’s website, marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA.
However, medical cannabis remains strictly prohibited from traveling. Although TSA screenings focus on detecting any threats to aviation and passengers and do not actively search for cannabis or drugs, they are still required to report any discoveries to law enforcement. Some airlines provide what are called ‘amnesty boxes’ in which passengers can dispose product into before going through security.
Although states continue to pass laws for legalization, cannabis is still illegal under federal law. Therefore, crossing any state borders with cannabis, whether medical or recreational, is still forbidden. Even if you are traveling from one legal state to another, transporting cannabis remains illegal.
It is important to remain cautious when traveling with CBD products to ensure you meet the regulations. If it is not necessary for you to bring product on your flight, remember that CBD can be purchased across the nation. If you still have questions or concerns, you can review the most up-to-date policies and regulations before traveling or contact TSA at (1-866-289-9673).