This week, a woman was arrested at Disney World for carrying a prohibited substance: CBD oil, reportedly used to help with her arthritis pain.
Despite its legalization across 33 states, traveling with weed is tricky, even from one state to another where both have legalized its recreational and medicinal use. But the lines get a little blurrier with CBD oil, which is derived from a chemical component in cannabis and widely touted as a trendy cure-all for hundreds of health problems.
As the Points Guy writes, in an airport, TSA agents must involve local law enforcement if a traveler possesses cannabis, regardless of how much they have or if they have a medicinal card. That shouldn’t cause you to panic, though.
“Let us be blunt: TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs,” TSA wrote in an Instagram on their official account. “Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement.”
And getting caught doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be arrested for possession—it depends on your departure and destination states. In a place like Oregon where cannabis use is legal, you might be fine, but in states where it’s still a crime, you might run into trouble. “Within Wyoming, they take the position that CBD is a controlled substance and [this] can result in felony charges,” Alex Freeburg of Freeburg Law said in an email. “I represented an aid worker that was held for two days and charged with a felony over CBD products that were sold in stores here.”
Published: May 09, 2019
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