Since January 1, 2018, possession of marijuana is legal in the state of California. Thanks to Proposition 64, individuals 21 years of age or older can legally possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal consumption. And now, Los Angeles International Airport, or, LAX is ok with marijuana. Yes LAX has recently announced that it will permit travelers to bring small amounts of legal marijuana through security in their carry-on bags.
But, before you start making room in your carry on for “medicine”, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind.
Marijuana in Carry-Ons, What You Need To Know
1. Even though pot is legal in California and several other states, it’s still illegal under federal law. And, that plane you’re waiting to board is subject to federal law. Which means, depending on your destination, you could still face a fine or detention for carrying it.
2. TSA agents are federal employees and can refer you to local law enforcement if a federal law violation is discovered.
However, according to a recent statement posted on LAX’s official website, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department will abide by the Adult Use of Marijuana Act and allow passengers to travel through LAX carrying the legal amount. They do warn passengers to be aware, marijuana laws vary state by state and to check the laws of the states to which they plan to travel. For example, if you’re traveling from California to Colorado, you should be all right upon landing. But, a trip from California to Texas might not be a good idea.
So word to the wise, even though LAX is ok with marijuana, in order to avoid unnecessary delays or arrest, please do a little research before you plan your next trip.
Kudos to LAX for making efforts to work with passengers who rely on the proven medicinal effects of pot.
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