Dear Stoner: I’m about to get on a flight, and I hear that TSA has changed its rules about allowing you to carry on marijuana. What’s up with that?
Dear Flying High: You heard wrong, sadly. In an April 5 article on MassRoots, Tom Angell reported this: “It’s official: The federal government doesn’t care if you bring medical marijuana on airplanes.” Angell had noticed that the “What can I bring?” page on TSA’s website had changed the red “No” next to checked and carry-on baggage for medical marijuana to a green “Yes.” He quickly took a screen shot of the page and wrote an article, and just as quickly, TSA’s Twitter replied with this: “@cannaadvisors: We’re sorry for any confusion. A mistake was made in the database of our new ‘What can I bring?’ tool.” TSA’s web page also changed the “Yes” back to “No” under medical marijuana. To Angell’s credit, he updated the article as TSA corrected itself. But confusion remains.
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Even though TSA abides by federal law, that doesn’t mean that agents are looking that hard for marijuana. As the website notes: “TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.” But the law enforcement contacted is local law enforcement, not federal, so if you happen to fly in-state and that state has legalized marijuana, then no laws are being broken. You’re not transporting a federally illegal substance across state lines, so it’s basically like driving from Denver to Telluride with weed, which is perfectly legal.
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