The legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, which was officially implemented on July 1, has resulted in a policy change for in-state travel from Portland International Airport.
The new policy allows for adult passengers of legal age to board a flight with up to one ounce of marijuana — as long as the flight is landing within the Beaver State. It will remain illegal to carry marijuana out of the state, which means it will only be allowed on the plane if the flight is headed to Eugene, Medford, Redmond/Bend, or N. Bend/Coos Bay.
One ounce is the legal amount that residents are able to carry outside of their homes, according to Measure 91. This means that travelers will be able to bring the largest amount that the law allows onto their flights.
If marijuana is found on a traveler by a TSA agent, local law enforcement will be notified. The officer will then be responsible for checking the age and boarding pass of the traveler. As long as he or she is of-age, in possession of a legal amount, and landing in Oregon, the person will be allowed to board the flight.
TSA reported that agents will not be actively looking for cannabis on a passenger traveling out of state, the passenger will be asked to step out of line to discard the product before getting back in line. Smoking on the plane will remain illegal and punishable by law.