Some stoners get nervous before they travel and do that whole check-all-your-pockets-and-all-your-bags-for-every-last-sign-of-shake routine. But all that may not be necessary any longer when flying out of the Los Angeles International Airport.
It turns out LAX doesn’t give a care whether you’re bringing weed to the airport, so long as you’re of age and carrying a relatively small amount.
A new statement about the change in policy reads:
“While federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal airspace,) California’s passage of proposition 64, effective January 1, 2018, allows for individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal consumption. In accordance with Proposition 64, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. However, passengers should be aware that marijuana laws vary state by state and they are encouraged to check the laws of the states in which they plan to travel.”
While LAX’s laissez faire attitude toward cannabis is appropriate and appreciated, it should not be interpreted as a free pass. There are some key parts of that statement to remember in order to keep from getting busted under state or federal laws.
Even though you don’t find random searches too often after landing at an airport, if you do land in a state which is 420-unfriendly, you could get into hot water. And even if you bring weed from one legalization state to another (say California to Colorado), you’d still be violating federal drug trafficking laws.
TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers told ABC13 that the agency is not in the habit of seizing small amounts of cannabis, but that TSA agents are also beholden to federal laws and can call the local police if they find any contraband in a traveller’s pockets or bags.
“TSA’s focus is on terrorism and security threats to the aircraft and its passengers,” Dankers said in an email. “Whether or not the passenger is allowed to travel with marijuana is up to law enforcement’s discretion.”
But LAX airport Officer Alicia Hernandez said that, just as long as you’re carrying less than an ounce of flower or less than 8 grams of concentrate, “There is no crime.”
So they’re cool with it, but it still sounds dicey. Cool. Who wants to roll the dice?
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