Los Angeles, CA — On the primary of the yr, California residents had been formally instructed by the federal government that they might now purchase and promote hashish with out worry of being kidnapped, caged, or killed for it. Legalizing weed additionally meant that there could be a bunch of questions on how precisely the system will work and the foundations individuals must comply with—as much as and together with how airports would deal with it when individuals attempt to fly with it.
One metropolis in California set out from the bat to determine their guidelines for residents wishing to own the plant at their airport and LAX mentioned they’re simply superb with it. In keeping with the LAX Marijuana Coverage listed on the airport’s website, residents are allowed to attempt to fly with weed.
Whereas federal legislation prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal airspace,) California’s passage of proposition 64, efficient January 1, 2018, permits for people 21 years of age or older to own as much as 28.5 grams of marijuana and eight grams of concentrated marijuana for private consumption. In accordance with Proposition 64, the Los Angeles Airport Police Division will permit passengers to journey via LAX with as much as 28.5 grams of marijuana and eight grams of concentrated marijuana. Nonetheless, passengers ought to be conscious that marijuana legal guidelines fluctuate state by state and they’re inspired to test the legal guidelines of the states wherein they plan to journey.
Naturally, the TSA isn’t too glad about this transfer and is talking out to remind residents that having this extremely useful plant remains to be a criminal offense. As a result of TSA is a federal company and enforces federal legal guidelines, in the event that they discover you attempting to fly with a bit of weed, they’ll name the cops.
TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers mentioned Thursday that brokers gained’t take it away however will summon the police and allow them to take care of it, in keeping with FOX10.
“The passenger’s originating and vacation spot airports aren’t taken under consideration,” mentioned Dankers. “TSA’s response to the invention of marijuana is identical in each state and at each airport — no matter whether or not marijuana has been or goes to be legalized.”
“Whether or not or not the passenger is allowed to journey with marijuana is as much as legislation enforcement’s discretion,” she mentioned.
So what occurs when TSA rats out your stash to the fuzz while you attempt to fly? Nicely, if you’re carrying not more than 28.5 grams (about an oz.), or eight grams in concentrated type, airport police gained’t do something.
“As a result of there is no such thing as a crime,” mentioned airport Officer Alicia Hernandez.
Being that airline passengers solely undergo safety at their departure airport, this opens up the potential for interstate transportation and sale of weed—albeit, just one ounce at a time.
This transfer by LAX is unprecedented in states with authorized weed. In Colorado, one of many first states to legalize leisure marijuana in 2012, it’s nonetheless unlawful to carry it into Denver Worldwide Airport, a lot much less fly with it.
Nonetheless, as a result of it’s authorized within the state, the police often simply make the vacationers throw it out earlier than boarding their flights.
“If it’s a small quantity the TSA and the Denver Police Division will ask that particular person to eliminate it and if that particular person is keen to do this they transfer via,” Denver Airport spokeswoman Emily Williams mentioned.
What this illustrates is the rising acceptance of marijuana by those that used to kidnap and cage individuals over the plant. Sadly, nonetheless, as TFTP reported this week, there’s nonetheless an extended approach to go as statistics present that arrests for weed are growing—in spite of legalization.