Top 10 Rules for Flying with Cannabis
1. Oakland and SFO are “pot friendly.” This means you can travel with up to an ounce. Just put it in your carry on with your recommendation.
2. Other airports may not be as forgiving as the Bay Area’s. Even though you can purchase cannabis for personal use in Colorado, the Denver airport has implemented a fine of up to $999 for carrying weed, but no one has been fined yet. In Aspen they have installed an amnesty box where you can drop your weed without penalty. The Colorado Springs airport has implemented a $2500 fine and jail time for possession.
3. Seattle-Tacoma airport suggests you leave your medicine at home, but also states that police cannot arrest you for possession of up to one ounce of cannabis.
4. TSA Agents are not actively looking for cannabis and marijuana-related products.
THE TSA WEBSITE STATES
“TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer, whether or not marijuana is considered ‘medical marijuana’ under local law is not relevant to TSA screening because TSA is governed by federal law and federal law provides no basis to treat medical marijuana any differently than non-medical marijuana.”
5. Carrying marijuana in a civilian aircraft in illegal under federal regulations. You are not 100% safe purely because you are following local laws.
6. Some people think pot is a weapon of terror and should be banned – Attorney Rachel O’Bryan opposes concentrates, saying “For the size of a traveler's shampoo bottle, you can serve an entire urban high school and get them stoned.”
7. Don’t over do it. Please do not ruin this for everyone by trying to pack a pound of flower or 5 pounds of edibles in your carry on en route to Coachella.
8. If you are headed to THE BIG INDUSTRY SHOW and or The High Times Cannabis Cup, do not light up as soon as you exit the plane in Denver. It may be legal to posses and purchase marijuana in Colorado, but it is VERY ILLEGAL to smoke it in public places.
9. If you are asked to hand over your pot, do not make a scene. The TSA and police are looking for people to make examples of. At the very least you will miss your flight and probably end up without your cannabis anyway.
10. If flying within California – BRING YOUR RECOMMENDATION. It’s the only thing that gives you permission to possess cannabis or cannabis products.