Getting through most major airports nowadays can be stressful enough as is. From the long lines, potential delays, and getting through security most folks have enough to deal with without having to worry about getting pinched by law enforcement while trying to to bring your herb along with you. However for those brave enthusiasts that are looking to bring along their greenery on their travels, check out this helpful information that you should know if you are considering flying with marijuana.
Even though legalization has spread to popular locales like California, Colorado, and Vegas it is still very much illegal at a federal level and while the TSA is more focused on preventing potential acts of actual violence, they can and will have you arrested if you happen to get caught.
Flying high? Here’s what you should know when traveling with cannabis!
1. TSA does not arrest, but it can call in local police assigned to airport duty. The official statements at TSA.gov say, “TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but in the event a substance that appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.” This also applies to medical marijuana.
2. Interstate and intercontinental travel in possession of a controlled substance violate federal law. But, your real problem is knowing the laws of your flight destination.
While you may pass security checks in the U.S., the prohibitions at your destination will not be as casual. Most countries do not permit possession and use of cannabis, and many of them have very serious penalties.
Have you successfully ever traveled with cannabis? How did you manage to do it without getting caught?