The wider the gap in weed laws from state to state, the more complicated travel becomes for our nation’s dabaholics and potheads. Stoners want to fly with their own stash so they don’t end up in some strange city having to smoke catch as catch can. The tourism industry in legalized states like Colorado is so successful that the state pulled in a record $50 million in cannabis sales last June alone. Much of that revenue is attributed to marijuana tourism and not all those tourists want to leave that rocky mountain high behind them when they go home.
And since most states aren’t on the same frequency weed-wise as Washington and Colorado, the line between bringing home a memento and trafficking narcotics is as hazy as your brain after double dab of Girl Scout Cookies.
So, what exactly happens if you’re caught flying with a personal amount of weed by the TSA? A slap on the wrist? A stern talking to? Prison? Well, it’s a little different state to state, but generally here’s how it runs down:
Oregon is the only state to officially allow taking marijuana on an airplane, though it’s only permitted on in-state flights. TSA officials have said they’re not actively looking for marijuana, so they might not find it unless you happen to bring some other contraband like too much shampoo or hand grenades.
No official position. Probably just putting the decision off until winter when they’ll have lots of time on their hands.
Of course it’s not legal to carry a controlled substance from one US state to another, but Washington has taken the stance that it’s not there problem if you do. That means, according to the Associated Press, the state has no official stance on whether or not they permit flying with some dro.
Officials at the Seattle-Tacoma airport neither permit nor stop you from carrying it on a plane to another state. You’re an adult Washingtonian. Make up your own decisions.
In Colorado, they’re not so liberal. Many airports in the state have put their own penalties in place for flying with marijuana, possibly in order to avoid complications with federal regulation agencies like the TSA and FFA.
“Carrying marijuana in a civilian aircraft is illegal under federal regulations. That’s why we implemented the rule, to prevent marijuana from reaching a civilian aircraft,” said Colorado Springs airport spokeswoman Kim Melchor.
Though airports in the state threaten weed-carriers with detainment and fines up to $2,500, not a single fine like this has been issued in the state as of yet.