Today, I recently stumbled across an article in the Boston Globe which posed the question: Is flying with pot cleared for takeoff? The Boston Globe writes, “Say you smoke pot. And you’re flying from Logan to L.A. or Las Vegas or Nantucket — all places where recreational marijuana is legal. And, just hypothetically of course, you’ve got some weed and want to take it with you on your flight.”
It’s a great question and an amazing piece, so I figured I would break it down and provide you with the key takeaways:
- Under federal law, marijuana is illegal. Possessing, flying, or driving with it is illegal.
- Logan Airport is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority, which currently, doesn’t have any rules or policies prohibiting it on their property.
- If the TSA (which is a federal agency) finds you in possession of cannabis, they’ll refer you to the Massachusetts State Police.
- If the trooper finds that you’re over 21 and possess less than an ounce, you’re hypothetically off the hook because you’re not breaking any state laws.
- From there, it’s up to the TSA to make the call if you’re flying with it or not.
- “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,” said Mike McCarthy, a Boston-based spokesman for the TSA. “Our agents do administrative searches, not criminal searches.”
Sure, you’re probably not going to get locked up for it, but at the end of the day, it’s probably not a good idea to take your stash with you on a plane. Traveling sucks in the first place, the last thing you want to do is get held up with the cops and the TSA. Don’t harsh on your chill.
via: Boston Globe