The federal Transportation Security Administration does not allow medical cannabis on board any flights in the US.
Earlier today a marijuana industry-related blog carried a report that the TSA was officially going to allow patients to bring their medical cannabis with them on board flights. This report was not correct. The story included a purported screenshot of the TSA website. Patients Out of Time checked the TSA site for confirmation, however, and discovered this:
Presuming the original story was true, then TSA then must have corrected itself after that story was posted and before we checked. Regardless, the bottom line is this: The federal agency responsible for screening passengers boarding flights in the US does not allow people to bring cannabis of any kind on board the flight, regardless of whether state law, regardless of whether or not the passenger is a legally-registered patient.
The following must not be construed in any way as legal advice: It should be noted that local law enforcement is currently responsible for actually arresting and citing any individuals stopped for possessing marijuana while trying to board a flight, so in states that have legalized medical cannabis, it is still possible that passengers may not actually end up being arrested for possession. On the other hand, it could happen. It is definitely the case that no US agency currently allows even state-legal medical cannabis to be carried on board any flights.
The Transportion Security Administration maintains this list of
items that may or may not be packed into luggage or carried on board a flight. For your own safety, it is wise to check before traveling. And never rely on rumors or media reports. Always check the source.
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