Traveling With Cannabis Products
3 Basic Rules You Need To Keep In Mind When You Travel
Traveling with weed is more common than you think!
Ever since the rules of recreational marijuana have changed, there have been much more use for the cannabis products. There has been much more leniency when it comes to marijuana penalties, that marijuana is almost looked as completely legal in some states. The question for many travelers now is How can I travel with my marijuana items? There have been many reports that state that it is not that hard to travel with cannabis products (depending on what they are).
Regardless, most folks in possession of marijuana still get pretty nervous during the pre-flight screening process. Thoughts just running through your head over and over:
What can happen to me if I get caught? But is there really any cause for concern?
There are some airports that indicate there are not rules prohibiting people from bringing weed in to airport property. Obviously, there are people that carry in marijuana products undetected, but TSA isn’t as much care for cannabis products. But since marijuana is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government, TSA, cannot allow anyone to bring marijuana on the plane. So now the ball is in TSA’s court. The agency doesn’t have time or interest in cracking down on people with pot.
If they had to go through every single bag and search for pot, the pre-flight screening lines would be off the hook! Their main concern is safety, so they will be searching for water bottles, weapons, explosives, plants, animals, and many other things that can cause damage to the aircraft and others.
“We would not retain drugs in the same way we wouldn’t retain fraudulent IDs or credit cards — we would kick those over to law enforcement,” Mike McCarthy, a spokesman for the TSA, told the Globe. “Our agents do administrative searches, not criminal searches.”
“Our officers are looking for any item that could cause catastrophic harm to the aircraft,” he continued, “but, as part of their duties, if they detect anything that they believe to be illegal, they will refer the passenger and the baggage over to local law enforcement, and it is up to local law enforcement how to respond.”
Now that you know what can happen when you get caught trying to travel with bud, there are a couple of ground rules you need to get to know. Avoiding getting caught its easy, if you follow these simple steps.
Rules For The Road for The Trip
Rule #1: Of equal importance is where you pack your stash—and you must pack your stash in your carry-on. I Repeat: Do not put it in your checked luggage!
There is a reason for that: The chances are greater if you put your stash in your checked in luggage. They won’t try to thoroughly search you unless you have a can of spray, water bottle, or a half bottle of wine.
Rule #2 Be discrete about it. No one wants to know you smoke weed.
If you are going to be traveling with whatever cannabis products make sure you are discrete about it. Last thing you want is to smell like Snoop Dogg when you show up to the TSA screening section. If you want to travel with cannabis products such as baked goods, chips, gummies and all of that jazz, you are in the clear. But think logically at the same time.
Most edibles by law need to have a label that states it is a cannabis product. Just keep in mind it is still unlawful to carry, but TSA normally does not care much about food. The same goes for the vape cannabis oils. You are able to carry any vapes on board. TSA staff is not able to tell the difference between CBD and nicotine. But don’t ruin it for the rest of us that vape, and start vaping away in the airport restroom. You will get caught and might get in to some sort of trouble for that.
When you carry the actual flower, you raise some risks due to scent.
Rule #3 Do not fly with much marijuana. Just like the edibles, thinking logically is the way. if you have a bag full of bud, TSA is going to detect it right away, and there goes all of it. If you’re trafficking in pounds, you will be more likely greeted at the gate by law enforcement, who TSA can (and does) call if they do discover drugs during a screening.
If you get caught with cannabis products, what can happen to you? anyone caught with pot is simply referred to the state police. Still, as long as the passenger is at least 21-years-old and the amount they are holding does not exceed the possession limit, the cops have to let them go.
How much can you carry? Enough to not make yourself noticeable at all. Typically, it is recommended traveling with wrapped joints than purple nugs from the beautiful fields of Humbolt, CA. You don’t want to make yourself noticeable at all, and remember dogs are still sniffing around the pre-flight screening section. You don’t want to be the idiot getting caught holding a tiny little stinky nug.
If you take joints I would recommend putting them in a place where it cannot leave off any scent and it is not disguisable. Putting it in a cigarette box is key, since it can blend right in. If you are a female, I would recommend putting the joint between that makeup galore you carry every time you travel. No one likes to get in on that mess, trust me.
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