It is currently peak get-away season. Millions all across the US are packing their bags to get ready for their vacations. However, most CBD users do have to face the hassle of getting across airport security with having any amount of medical or recreational Hemp product on them.
This news will definitely be a sigh of relief to those who use CBD! On Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration, commonly known as TSA, made an announcement addressing the matter.
They further clarified how their airport security agents would not be hassling you over a certain amount of CBD possession while traveling. Although, this does not include all CBD products.
Breaking down the new policy
It is essential for any CBD user and traveler to know TSA policies before boarding a plane with any form of marijuana. Although it is understandable how the average passenger does not through lines of text provided by the TSA. The complicated procedures might just leave you stuck in a rut. This is where we do the job for you!
The new updates state: CBD products are allowed in your carry on and your Check-in bags, but this is with the catch of special instructions! So, what really are these special instructions?
They recently updated their policy regarding medical marijuana, which states: Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law.
What does this policy really mean?
To understand the policy, we first need to understand what the federal law says about marijuana. The federal law, under the controlled substance act; treats marijuana like every other substance on that list. The controls substance group includes hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. These substances must remain under government regulation at all times.
TSA is a federal agency and operates under federal law. That technically, means that you can still get into trouble and face an arrest for the possession of CBD products. However, the only difference will be that the jurisdiction. The authority of arresting the person does not necessarily fall under the TSA’s control. While other agencies involved in security and law services can very well arrest somebody over CBD possession.
The policy further states, ‘TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products’ Yes that does mean that you are allowed only certain CBD products.
Marijuana, Cannabis infused products, and cannabinoid oils are still illegal to carry. They will cause you trouble, and it is safe to avoid them when traveling.
What CBD products are in the clear?
Only products that have the approval of the Agriculture Act of 2018, are in the clear for possession, during travel. This was further classified in the announcement, stating ‘Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it comes under the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.’
If you own an off the rack CBD product that is in compliance with the law and contains legal standards of THC, you are good to go. If you are traveling with a drug that is available at the pharmacy or at a local drugstore, then that is in the clear as well. The only thing you need to worry about is that the drugs must come under FDA approval.
The TSA is more concerned with the security of their airplanes; hence, these kinds of, off the rack drugs will not be a matter of urgency. Their policy updates us with how the ‘TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers.’ This means that CBD products for personal use do not pose a threat to the flight. In fact, recently the TSA has a lot to deal with while confiscating arms and knives of passengers.
Legal and Illegal CBD products
As long as your CBD products are under the legal dosage, it will not pose a problem. The agriculture improvement act or more popularly known as the ‘farm bill’ remove the federal ban on Hemp products. That basically (in easier terms) means that anything that has below 0.3% of THC is now allowed to go through airport security although not all states operate on the same level! Some states like South Dakota have completely outlawed Hemp.
Try not to be too confident about these policy changes. You still cannot cross security if caught with an illegal amount of CBD in your possession. If the TSA finds such items on you, you are likely to go to jail and get a charge for drug trafficking. In addition to this, the basic rules still apply. No liquids or glass bottles or even metal containers. The rules are simple, respect the TSA, and they will respect you!