Travelers are still not permitted to bring marijuana through airport Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, the agency said, even as President Biden signaled a softer stance on the drug Thursday in a sweeping grant of clemency.
What happens next depends on the airport, reflecting the growing patchwork of different laws and jurisdictions when it comes to policing marijuana. While the TSA is a federal agency, it often works with local law enforcement to investigate suspected crimes, so local laws matter.
In a state where marijuana possession is legal, Lopez said a passenger found with a small amount in a carry-on bag will typically be allowed to dispose of it. The discovery of larger amounts might lead to police being called. Either way, Lopez said: “If found, it cannot go through the checkpoint.”
And in states where marijuana remains criminalized, TSA officers refer the discovery of drugs to police.
Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, a prohibition that covers transporting it between two states, even if they both have legalized the substance.
Experts offered advice for the best course of action: If flying, leave the marijuana at home.
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