Cannabis laws can be tricky to navigate. This is especially true in the United States, where states can create their own laws about our favorite plant.
But what happens if you‘re flying within the United States and want to bring some edibles for the journey?
Before you pack those THC gummies, let’s understand if flying with edibles is legal, what’s allowed, and if the TSA really cares.
Most of us might think that flying with edibles from a recreational state like California to another weed-legal state like Colorado is completely legal.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Because Airlines operate under the federal government, they must comply with federal laws. One law, in particular, prohibits cannabis products that contain more than 0.3% delta-9 THC.
So, it doesn’t matter where you‘re flying to and from; if you‘re carrying THC above 0.3%, you may receive some consequences if caught.
That said, products that contain less than 0.3% THC have not been listed as “illegal”; therefore, flying with them won’t likely get you in any trouble.
It may still raise suspicion, but the worst possible outcome is TSA would toss your items. Again, this isn’t so likely to occur with legal cannabis products that full under 0.3% THC.
The TSA’s website notes that officers don’t often search for drugs, including cannabis.
Their job is to ensure flight safety and security. TSA officers are way more concerned about searching for threats in your luggage, whether that’s weapons or something that can cause danger during the flight.
It is very unlikely that a TSA officer will do anything if you‘re caught with edibles. They could report it to authorities, but most of the time, your product will be tossed in the trash, and you can move forward on your journey.
Similarly, don’t be too worried about police dogs either. These dogs are mainly trained to hunt down dangerous threats like bombs and explosives.
At the end of the day, the TSA doesn’t go out of its way to look for drugs like weed edibles. In the event they find it, they’ll ask you to toss it. This is especially true for small amounts of cannabis products, not so much an ounce of dank-dried flower.
Thus, flying with edibles is still a risk, but you can decide if it’s worth it or not. If you‘re flying to a state where weed is legal, we encourage you to leave those gummies behind and purchase a new product once you land.