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Traveling with Cannabis: FAQs Answered


With the recent legalization of adult-use cannabis in Maryland, more travelers are wondering if they can bring their cannabis on a plane. Google searches for “Can you take weed on a plane” have increased by 204% and “Bring CBD on a plane” by a whopping 374%. To address this surge in curiosity, cannabis expert Jonathan Bohun, founder and CEO of WEEDAR, provides insights and answers to frequently asked questions about traveling with cannabis products.

Can I Carry CBD Products on a Plane? 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows passengers to carry FDA-approved CBD products with less than 0.3% THC. These products, known as hemp-derived CBD, are decriminalized at the federal level as they don’t have psychoactive effects. However, it’s important to check state laws before traveling, as they may have different restrictions or prohibitions. Compliance with state laws is crucial to avoid complications.

Can I Bring Cannabis on a Plane? 

Cannabis is illegal under federal law, so carrying it on a plane is generally prohibited. However, local authorities may exercise discretion if the quantity carried falls within legal limits set by state law. It’s important to note that in states where cannabis possession is illegal, travelers may face serious consequences, including jail time.

If you still want to bring cannabis on board, follow these steps:

  • Research the state laws of your departure and destination to ensure compliance
  • Familiarize yourself with the airline’s rules and regulations regarding cannabis transportation

Will I Be Arrested if the TSA Catches Me with Cannabis? 

The TSA’s primary focus is security, but if they find prohibited items like cannabis during the screening process, they involve local law enforcement. Consequences will depend on state laws, ranging from fines and confiscation to potential arrest.

Can I Carry Medical Marijuana on a Plane?

Under federal law, cannabis with more than 0.3% THC is illegal. Therefore, you cannot carry medical marijuana on a plane. However, if you’re traveling between states that have legalized medical marijuana, you may be able to show your valid medical card to the TSA. Check if your medical card is recognized in the state you’re visiting.

Confirm the policies of the airline you’re traveling with, as some explicitly prohibit the transportation of medical cannabis even with a valid MMJ card, which can result in consequences.

Can I Board a Plane While High? 

Federal aviation regulations prohibit boarding a plane while under the influence of any substance, including cannabis and alcohol. Boarding may be denied if you appear visibly intoxicated or impaired. If you experience travel-related anxiety, consider alternatives like CBD, which can provide a calming effect without psychoactive effects.

Keep in mind that the legality and regulations surrounding cannabis can vary from state to state. It’s essential to understand the specific laws before traveling with marijuana on a plane.

FAQs

1. Can I carry CBD products on a plane?

According to the TSA, you can carry FDA-approved CBD products with less than 0.3% THC. However, state laws may vary, so it’s important to check the specific laws of your departure and destination states.

2. Can I bring cannabis on a plane?

Carrying cannabis on a plane is generally prohibited under federal law. However, local authorities may exercise discretion if the quantity carried falls within legal limits set by state law. Be aware that carrying cannabis in states where it is illegal can lead to serious consequences.

3. Will I be arrested if the TSA catches me with cannabis?

If the TSA finds prohibited items, including cannabis, during the screening process, they will involve local law enforcement. Consequences will depend on state laws and can range from fines and confiscation to potential arrest.

4. Can I carry medical marijuana on a plane?

Under federal law, carrying medical marijuana with more than 0.3% THC is illegal. However, if you’re traveling between states that have legalized medical marijuana, you may be able to show your valid medical card to the TSA. Confirm the recognition of your medical card in the state you’re visiting.

5. Can I board a plane while high?

Federal aviation regulations prohibit boarding a plane while under the influence of any substance, including cannabis. If you show up at the airport visibly intoxicated or impaired, you may be denied boarding. Consider alternative options like CBD for travel-related anxiety.

Dr. Jen Chalmers
Dr. Jen Chalmers
Dr. Jen Chalmers is an accomplished writer and cannabis enthusiast. With a Ph.D. in Botany and years of experience as a researcher, she brings a scientific perspective to her captivating articles on cannabis news, recipes, and the fascinating world of psychedelics.

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