As more and more states begin to legalize cannabis—and some other states keep it illegal—traveling around the country can get complicated and confusing. Here’s what you need to know so that you don’t accidentally get arrested because you forgot about that small stash and left it in your carry-on bag.
If you’re keeping a tally, 10 states are cool with recreational cannabis and 23 have legalized medical marijuana. But on a federal level, cannabis is still illegal. Essentially, that means you can’t travel across state lines with the stuff. But what if you forget before you get on a plane? It is really that big a deal?
For their part, the Transportation Security Administration is trying to be the cool kid on the block here, noting on an Instagram post that they’re really not looking for your pot:
“Are we cool? We like to think we’re cool. We want you to have a pleasant experience at the airport and arrive safely at your destination. But getting caught while trying to fly with marijuana or cannabis-infused products can really harsh your mellow. Let us be blunt: TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis-infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement. This includes items that are used for medicinal purposes.”
The important thing to remember is that, although they’re not actively looking for it, if they accidentally find it they have to report you. Some states where pot is legal won’t care and will let you travel anyway, but others will confiscate your weed and either fine you or arrest you.
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