As millions of summer travelers start packing, the problem of carrying CBD through airport security could be causing more anxiety than ever before.
There is some relief here. During Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration announced that its agents will not bother you with some CBD. As reported for the first time by Marijuana Moment, the TSA has updated the “What Can I Bring” section of its Medicinal Marijuana website to indicate:
“Handbags: Yes (special instructions); Checked bags: Yes (special instructions).
These “special instructions” are three slang paragraphs that will confuse most travelers. Americans do not give special instructions. So, we analyze the written policy for you.
Analyzing the TSA policy update
Text: “Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some cannabidiol oil (CBD), are still illegal under federal law.”
Translation: Sorry, people, banning marijuana is still a federal law under the Controlled Substances Act. Call your congressman. It’s crazy, but technically, you can still be rejected by CBD. We at TSA don’t, but other law enforcement agencies do.
We must follow the law
Text: “TSA officers must report any suspected violations of the law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products.”
Translation: We are a federal agency, we have to follow the law, yada yada. But we have tons of discretion.
We don’t care about CBD
Text: “Products / medicines that contain CBD derived from hemp or that are approved by the FDA are legal as long as they occur within the regulations defined by law under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018.”
Translation: Popular CBD brands such as Charlotte’s Web, which are on sale at drugstores, can go through airport security. So can new FDA-approved cannabis prescription drugs, such as Epidiolex. At TSA, we don’t care. All we care about is the safety of the planes. The Agriculture Bill (also known as the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act) removed the federal ban on hemp, which is cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC. If you can extract CBD from hemp, which many companies do, then this CBD is legal under federal law. But some states still have old laws banning hemp and therefore CBD. Like South Dakota. A Sioux Falls airport man was arrested last month by local police for possessing a bottle of CBD oil. Those cops were called by a TSA agent. Sorry. Our evil. It will not happen again.
You technically need a federal permit to grow and send any CBD farm bill, and those permits don’t exist yet. However, it literally flies everywhere with online orders and personal transportation. We do not care. We are not the DEA or the FDA. We are the TSA, keep reading what we do.
We care about planes
Text: “TSA control procedures focus on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.”
Translation: The TSA is overwhelmed with the task of keeping guns and knives out of planes, folks. We found 176 guns in just 13 days this month, and 54 of those guns were loaded, with ammunition into the chamber, for God’s sake. Personal amounts of CBD, which do not have an addictive profile or a lethal overdose, are simply not classified.
Don’t press your luck
Text: “Consequently, TSA security officers are not looking for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during the security test, the TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. .
Translation: Don’t be arrogant. If you fly with 50 pounds of marijuana and a TSA agent finds it, you will go to the local jail and you will probably be charged with drug trafficking. If you travel with a small personal amount of CBD jelly beans, we are not looking for it. And if we find it, we don’t care. Except for this agent in Sioux Falls. Again, I’m sorry.
If we find less than an ounce of cannabis, and you’re in a legal state, that’s fine too.
Plus, TSA doesn’t like liquids, glass, and metal, so save us all the time and avoid keeping your CBD in these materials. Do not wrap the CBD flower in a joint and leave it hanging from the lip. Just be discreet. We all have a plane to catch. Good morning.