Now that American airports have resumed commercial flights after the industry was placed on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, people are returning to the skies for air travel in mass quantities. With this said, now is a good time to remind travelers of the laws in the United States regarding airports and cannabis. Many Americans planning trips may be asking the question, “Can you fly with edibles?” Here’s a brief guide that answers that question with relevant federal laws and airport policies.
NOTE: The information in this article does not constitute legal advice and should not be taken as such. In addition, we urge Cannabis users to always enjoy edibles responsibly. See this article for more information about edibles, including how to consume them safely.
Can I take edibles on a plane?
The short answer to is no.
According to federal law, Cannabis is a Schedule I Controlled Substance, meaning the national government considers Cannabis as having a high potential for abuse without relevant medical uses. Even though 18 states allow the recreational usage of THC as of 2021, the Federal stance remains restrictive.
What does federal law have to do with airports?
Since airports receive federal funding and are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), they fall under national jurisdiction. In addition, the Transportation Security Administration that staffs American airports (TSA) is also a federal program. Because of this, travelers are subject to federal law in airports when it comes to cannabis. Even though edibles may be perfectly legal in some states, taking THC substances on an airplane is still illegal.
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Published: February 22, 2022
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