Read Before Boarding: LAX”Updates” Pot Policy

Read Before Boarding: LAX”Updates” Weed Policy

Given a simple can of shaving cream can make you a pat-down by handsy Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, it came as hugely welcome news that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) travelers may carry marijuana across the 3,500-acre  facility — and even board flights using their stash.

Word of the policy spread through social websites like wildfire Sept. 26, 2018, causing some to heap praise and a few to throw skepticism. Los Angeles cultivators Jungle Boys submitted a screenshot of LAX’s policy page on Instagram and received nearly 20,000 enjoys.

This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but LAX has allowed travellers to carry marijuana since January 2018. That’s folks, nearly a year.

Somehow, the policy has flown under the radar to many would-be travelers. Despite major news outlets reporting on California’s travel policy, and despite a history-making law eventually going into effect regarding cannabis possession, evidently it still came as a surprise that a significant airport might actually have a real policy to reflect a massive legal change. Go figure.

In February 2018, USA Today reported the Los Angeles Airport Police would not charge anyone owning legal medical or recreational marijuana, even when they were stopped by TSA agents — don’forget that marijuana remains a Schedule I drug and illegal at the federal level.

The Los Angeles Times reported that airport police handle marijuana possession in a fashion consistent with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) policies. The Times also reported that at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), if TSA agents stop travellers with bud, the airport police let the travelers be in their way if they’re within legal age and possession limits for Washington state.

It was way back in April 2018 when LAX updated its bud policy. Aptly titled “LAX Marijuana Policy,” it says that since California’s passage of Proposition 64, travellers 21 and older may possess the California law’s limit of 1 ounce, or 28.3 g, of bud and 8 g of concentrates. That was a fact that Tom Angell, Marijuana Moment’s editor-in-chief and a former author, was only too pleased to point out on Twitter.

How many g of flower concealed in underwear or have been needlessly discarded in bathroom trash cans? Tragically, we may never know.

While the whole not-so-new-but-new-to-us policy and social media chatter was several months late, the “news” was kind of fun to watch unfold among cannabis-centric circles.

And there’s a silver lining: if you’re flying within California, there’s no need to find creative or weird to smuggle your weed on a plane.

Released at Fri, 28 Sep 2018 01:15:52 +0000

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