You Can Bring Weed Through LAX Now
LAX has issued an important announcement, confirming that passengers are now allowed to carry small amounts of legal cannabis into the airport without fear of arrest.
“While federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal airspace) California’s passage of Proposition 64, effective January 1, 2018, allows for individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal consumption,” reads a statement on the LAX website. “In accordance with Proposition 64, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. However, passengers should be aware that marijuana laws vary state by state and they are encouraged to check the laws of the states in which they plan to travel.”
Most people were unaware of the policy change.
There are some important things to consider before shoving weed into your carry-on. LAX’s announcement pertains to pre-security checkpoint areas. Once you get to screening line, you’re under the jurisdiction of the TSA and the federal government which still considers marijuana to be illegal. In other words, you’re probably in the clear if you’re carrying weed to the airport for a drop-off or pick-up but, when traveling, you still face legal risk.
If you choose to pack and fly, also be aware of the laws in the state you’re traveling to.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.