Flying in-state in Oregon? Pack your weed! The TSA has decided to allow legal marijuana consumers to bring their weed with them on flights within the state as long as they are within the state’s 1 ounce limit.
This policy does not apply to flights leaving or entering the state of Oregon. Because cannabis is still considered a Schedule 1 drug, transporting it across state lines is still a federal offense.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) publicly stated in a brochure about prohibited items that its focus is to “detect threats to aviation security.” The brochure goes on to say that, “TSA officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs; however, if an item is found that may violate federal law during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to law enforcement.” Because traveling with marijuana within the state of Oregon is not illegal, they’ve decided that in-state passengers will not be stopped whatsoever for pot.
Oregon’s decision to allow legal weed in their airports may set the pace for other legal states like Colorado and Washington.
Colorado’s Airport Regulations
Colorado has specifically cited the TSA’s regulations as the reason weed is still banned from all state airports. They do have amnesty boxes that people can ditch their weed in if they forgot to do so in advance.
In the first five months of 2014, Denver police wrote no citations and confiscated no marijuana at Denver International Airport, where pot is banned. Only 10 people were stopped with marijuana at DIA’s Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in the same time period, officials said.
“To have contact with 10 people out of millions passing through, it tells me most people are abiding by the rules and this is not a major issue,” airport spokesman Heath Montgomery told us at the time. (Exerpt taken from The Cannabist)