LAX Airport Gets Onboard with Cannabis Reform
Because cannabis remains at the top of the federally banned list of controlled substances, the trichome enlightenment that the country has been experiencing since Cali led the way in 1996 with Prop 215 has been recognized only at the state level.
Since every state has its own identity, culture, and political bend, and each decides upon its own rules when legalizing weed, the medical marijuana program in Oklahoma barely resembles the medical marijuana in Arizona.
This presents challenges to anyone considering interstate travel while in possession of cannabis. Your stash may be totally legal wherever you just left, but are they cool with it where you’re going?
Such travel by automobile is dangerous enough – just ask Snoop Dogg or Willie Nelson – but when you decide to take to the skies, things get even more iffy since airport security has become so intrusive.
The rule of thumb is that if you keep your stash small (think personal use) and your departure and destination regions are cannabis friendly, you’ll be fine. While that is most often the case, it’s still nerve wracking when you’ve got hundreds or thousands of dollars on the line for travel expenses and/or a time sensitive plan for your arrival and you’re sweating bullets as your bag goes through the xray machine.
Well, in a recent update to their official website the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – one of the busiest in the world – has basically given a thumbs up to allowing passengers to carry up to a full zip of dank flower (28.5 grams) and/or up to 8 full grams of concentrates or extracts.
Airport security is overseen by a federal government agency known as the Transportation Safety Administration, or the TSA. Though they are technically feds, the organization was created in the wake of 9/11 when security concerns were at their peak and they are now tasked in airports across the country with one main priority – keeping the plane safe.
If they encounter something that they deem may be illegal, but poses no threat to the plane, they either pass it through unflagged or they may flag your bag and call for a secondary inspection.
In the past, a local law enforcement officer stationed at the airport would be summoned to determine if the illegal item(s) were worth charging the would-be traveler with a crime.
So typically, if it even came to that but you were within the confines of local laws, you’d be fine. But it’s still a hassle and a waste of your time at the very least.
This stress can now be alleviated, at least when you come through Los Angeles.