Thinking about taking a vacation from your state of Colorado or Washington? Possibly going back to see family or friends or maybe just getting away? If you’re thinking about taking your recreational marijuana with you, you may want to think again. Even though the laws allow for cannabis to be consumed legally by people in these states, things are still a bit iffy with the TSA and the rules regarding flying with weed.
In Colorado, the Denver Airport has “amnesty boxes” in which people can deposit their weed before getting on a plane. The airport has a very strict no cannabis policy and the boxes serve as a place for people to avoid getting caught flying with weed by the airport security. Since the airport is so big, they are allowed to make their own rules regarding the plant. So even though you can smoke it at home, don’t try to bring it on your flight!
Washington, however, doesn’t grant the option to large venue owners to determine the rules of cannabis consumption. In the Washington airports, the security officers will be looking for weed but only amounts that surpass the legal carrying limit of 1 ounce. If there is more weed in your luggage, chances are that you’ll be getting a grilling. The officers are able to call the police if more marijuana is found and the person in question could have charges brought against them if their record shows a history of drug related offenses or if they are carrying over $4,000 in cash. Individuals who have a checkered past with the law should also be weary, as even carrying less than the legal limit could make them a target for TSA officers.
Taking a vacation with some bud would be awesome but it’s definitely something to be careful about. Be sure to research the rules of the airports you’ll be at and the states that you’ll be landing in. If you have the proper medical ID, you should still be aware that while the TSA claims that they are not actively looking for marijuana (their website is unclear really about what they’re looking for), they will turn people over to the police that they deem suspicious.