Woot! TSA Weighs Allowing Passengers To Fly With MarijuanaSubmitted by Diamond Dog on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 18:02
By David Knowles / New York Daily News
Now that 20 states have legalized medical marijuana, and two have given recreational use of the drug the green light, the TSA seems disinclined to enforce federal pot statues for passengers boarding planes.
Keep calm and carry it on?
With state laws rapidly being re-written as to the legality of marijuana use, the Transportation Safety Administration is struggling to present a clear message on whether it permits airline passengers to fly with pot.
As a federal agency, the TSA remains bound to enforce federal law. While medical marijuana has been legalized in 20 states, and recreational use of the drug has been OK’d in two, pot remains outlawed on a federal level.
On its website, however, the TSA makes clear that its agents are not searching out the drug.
“TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer,” the TSA states. “Whether or not marijuana is considered ‘medical marijuana’ under local law is not relevant to TSA screening because TSA is governed by federal law and federal law provides no basis to treat medical marijuana any differently than non-medical marijuana.”