Marijuana: Is Medical Pot Now Allowed on Planes?

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Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 8:09 AM

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Can you take a personal supply of cannabis aboard a plane in states, like California, where marijuana is medically legal?

A recent report in the New York Daily News suggests that Transportation Security Administration officials, those folks that give you a free rub down on your way to your gate, have been softening their stance when it comes to travelers with weed:

The report relies on this statement on the TSA's website:

TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.

Indeed, the administration reiterated that stance when contacted by the Weekly:

TSA's screening procedures, which are governed by federal law, are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. If during the security screening procedures an officer discovers a item that may violate the law, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement. Law enforcement officials will determine whether to initiate a criminal investigation. TSA's focus is on terrorism and security threats to the aircraft and its passengers.

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We're not sure if this signals a change in the TSA's stance, but the Daily News reported this:

In some states where medical marijuana is legal, passengers have reported presenting their paperwork to TSA agents, who have allowed them to continue onto flights with their pot. That hesitance to intervene has marijuana rights advocates smiling.

Still sounds like a gamble to us. Play at your own risk.

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