Marijuana: TSA says flying between Colorado and Washington with herb will be okay...sort of


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Below is Castelveter's answer in its entirety:
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.

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.

Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane."

Our interpretation of what all that means? If you're flying to somewhere that marijuana is legal, like Washington state, you likely won't get hassled. But always remember that despite what state laws may be, the feds still view your pot as completely and utterly illegal.

Oh, and try to be more subtle than this guy:

More from our Marijuana archive: "Amendment 64's Brian Vicente spreading state's medical marijuana message to Massachusetts" and "Medical marijuana registry stats continue upward climb in September."


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Mike Milos
Mike Milos

After several thousand other people do it successfully.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Take this for what it's worth, but a TSA employee (a fellow traveller) told me that baked goods like cookies, if discrete, won't be noticed, and even if they are noticed, the TSA doesn't have testing equipment for cannabis sativa, and unless you're some kind of "trouble-maker" the odds are low they'd even consider trying to hook up with the DEA or anyone else on the issue. It would be a good idea to keep them in a sealed container and otherwise minimize the possibility of any smell, though.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I have flown w/ small amounts, for PERSONAL use ONLY !

Being crippled creates MANY areas for stashing & I would rather bring my own than try to find it at my destination at an INFLATED cost !

I did get caught in Idaho once & less than an oz. cost me OVER $2,000 !!!!!

Ernest Berke Foundation
Ernest Berke Foundation

WHY do you have to use the DEROGATORY, DISCRIMINATORY TERM POT? To ME that is EQUAL to using the term NIGGA!

gary_junk
gary_junk

What a dismal plant in that video. I'd be embarrassed to be filmed with that. Maybe the guy should be reading how to properly grow instead of huffing out of a plastic bag while waiting on flights.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

**** More Stoned Drivers than Drunk Drivers, study says! ****

The study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto looked at 3,039 adults and found that those in the 18-29 range were more likely to get stoned and drive than drink and drive.

In fact nearly one in 10 of those respondents (9 percent) said they drove within an hour of toking up; only six percent said they drove within an hour after having two or more drinks.

Monkey
Monkey

The world is not your servant. Commercial flying is almost as bad as commercial weed. You want to smoke good weed, learn to grow it yourself. You want to fly places, learn to fly yourself. A sport pilots license is cheap and fun to attain. But truthfully, renting planes is not cheap, so it's just like anything else. You want freedom, you have to pay for it. You want others to suppress and search you because you want to fly somewhere, that's free. Freedom is worth more than money, but for some reason, most people are happy to trade. Maybe Virgin will stop playing with space rides and turn some cash with a "green" airline, instead of peanuts, give the people some oil to dab, and a personal vaporizer located in the overhead compartment.

jcorbett1
jcorbett1

Hi All,

Jon Corbett here, creator of the "How to Get ANYTHING Through TSA Nude Body Scanners" viral video.  I very rarely register just to comment, but I must note that the advice given in this article is dangerous: do NOT bring marijuana through TSA checkpoints.

TSA screeners may not intentionally search for drugs.  But, if they find them while "searching for weapons," they generally report them, and good luck trying to prove what the screener's intent was.  Now, the report goes to "law enforcement," which is traditionally local police departments, but there is no reason that the TSA cannot report this to federal law enforcement -- FBI or DEA -- and if the TSA decides that local law enforcement isn't paying attention, they may very well start doing just that.  If that happens, you may then end up getting charged with a serious federal felony instead of what would have been a slap on the wrist under state law prior to legalization.

Please do not traverse TSA checkpoints with marijuana.  Legal or not, you can easily find weed at your destination anywhere in the US.  Transporting it is just not worth the risk of the felony charge.

Jonathan Corbetthttp://tsaoutofourpants.wordpress.com/

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 * Prosecutor Upset Medical Marijuana Ringleader Was Released On Bail *

Prosecutors aren't happy that a federal judge gave bail to the San Clemente ringleader of an alleged illegal Southern California medical marijuana dispensary operation.

On Nov. 6, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert N. Block overruled Assistant United States Attorney Christine S. Bautista's detention demand for 56-year-old John Melvin Walker, who was named in an October grand jury indictment of 14 suspects.

Block allowed for Walker's Nov. 7 release after a person named Bill Barkovitz paid a $200,000 surety bond and the defendant agreed to a long series of conditions: surrender of all firearms and ammo, a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, no drug usage, remain in California and submit to random inspection by federal agents.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/11/john_melvin_walker_marijuana_t.php

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*** Feds Arrest 12 In Medical Marijuana Pot Ring ***

Twelve people were arrested this morning for conspiracy to distribute marijuana in a case that federal authorities claim involves a ring of pot dispensaries that operated in both Orange County and Long Beach. A 31-page indictment released by the U.S. attorneys office today claims that the shops--nine in total--were all owned by John Melvin Walker, 56, aka "Pops".

Walker's name first came up in Nov. 2011, when OC Sheriffs deputies raided one of his shops in Long Beach, Belmont Shore Natural Care. 

Although Walker wasn't arrested during that raid, deputies searched his home and found a handgun, a 12-gauge shotgun, an AK-47, and about $390,000 in cash.

Also arrested this morning:

*Ryan Scott Hunt, 36, of Fullerton, who managed Garden Grove Alternative Care

*Perry Brooks Forehand, also known as "Bucky," 33, of Mission Viejo, the manager of Safe Harbor Collective

*Danielle Pamela Stebel, also known as "Mob Queen," 25, of Long Beach, who helped manage Belmont Shore Natural Care

*Nicholas Martin Butier III, 32, of Lakewood, who was the manager of Alternative Herbal Health

*Sierra Marina Serhan, also known as "Hippy Chick," 33, of Long Beach, who helped manage Belmont Shore Natural Care

*Alvin Wesley Walker, 29, of Long Beach, who is believed to be John Walker's nephew and who helped manage Belmont Shore Natural Care

*John Eugene Scandalios, 59, of Lakewood, who allegedly supplied marijuana to Santa Fe Compassionate Health Care

*Karen Lee Leto, 70, of Huntington Beach, who allegedly helped manage Costa Mesa Patients Association

*Craig Lawrence Leto, 49, of Newport Beach who is Karen Leto's son and who allegedly helped manage Costa Mesa Patients Association

*Michael Alan Nixon, 33, of Long Beach, who allegedly supplied marijuana to Santa Fe Compassionate Health Care

*Alan David Nixon, 59, of Long Beach, who is Michael Nixon's father and who allegedly managed Santa Fe Compassionate Health Care.

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Two suspects named in the indictment are still at large:

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*Ryan Aparicio Mondragon, 30, Westminster, who managed Santa Ana Superior Care, which was also raided previously by Orange County Sheriff's deputies, and whose manager, former L.A.P.D. officer Hank Cousine likely would have been arrested today had he not died this past July of a heart attack.

*Nicholas Einar Lattu, also known as "Dragon 6," 28, of Long Beach, who owned Shadow Ops Security, a company that provided security services to the marijuana stores, and who is currently being sought by authorities

Not named in the indictment was Long Beach lobbyist Rick Brizendine, who represented Belmont Shore Natural Care in the city's controversial marijuana lottery process, and who was accused (but never charged) by the Sheriff's Dept. of laundering cash for Walker.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Kris....Well, if you trust the TSA, give it a shot. I'm sure everything will work out just fine.

RevRayGreen
RevRayGreen

I see DonkeyDowner staked a claim here.....

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Back in the day before 9-11 one could fly to Seattle and buy pounds and pounds of weed smuggled from BC and fly them back to Colorado and make bank!  Now Colorado skiers and snowboarders will be able to bring their bong and stash on the plane, fly to Seattle when the pow pow is good up there, get some turns in, buy some Washington bud and bring it back and puff tuff with the other stoner skiers at the Breckenridge cannabis smoke shacks.  Jah Bless the High Country!

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

I pity the first person to declare their holding at DIA. Something tells me they'll be give a first person tour of the underground DIA holding cells.

Kris Custer
Kris Custer

Know your grower!!!! Come on people be smarter.

Kris Custer
Kris Custer

Why would I want to take my own cannabis? I can just buy it from grower's I dont know or trust.......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** TSA Search Leads To Marijuana Charge ***

FAIRBANKS — A prominent Fairbanks engineer faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge after he allegedly called the Transportation Security Administration to accuse an agency official of taking marijuana he said was for medical use from a checked bag.

John Michael Hargesheimer, 62, founder and principal in charge of Fairbanks-based engineering firm Nortech, checked a bag on March 28 that contained a marijuana brownie, two pipes and about 2.5 grams of marijuana in a film canister and pill bottle, according to a criminal complaint filed against him last week. A TSA officer found the items, confiscated them, alerted state airport police and put the bag on the plane without the items.

That evening, according to the complaint, Hargesheimer called TSA, asked to speak to a supervisor and reported that a TSA officer had stolen his marijuana. The TSA official told him airport police had seized it, not stolen it.

A few minutes later Hargesheimer reportedly called airport police, a state agency. He told police he had marijuana in his medicine bag and, according to the complaint, “stated that he thought small quantities under a 1/2 ounce to an ounce, for medical uses, was no big deal.”

http://newsminer.com/bookmark/18301559-TSA-search-leads-to-marijuana-charge

William Breathes
William Breathes

Stephen, good question (and one I should probably have addressed): though all of those state honor your Colorado MMJ license, none of them with dispensaries allow for out-of-state cardholders to shop at dispensaries and many don't have dispensaries at all.

Brandon Charles Haug
Brandon Charles Haug

why would you want to fly one place with something like.. lets say.. Clothes. You can buy clothes in Washington.. cant you? but maybe you don't want to...

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Why would you carry your weed if you're traveling to a state that honors your state's medical marijuana program? Buy it there.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

It's apparent I could have said one more thing. If it wasn't my pain medication, I wouldn't have the slightest interest of traveling with it. Frankly, I think the smart "pothead" (if there is such a thing--to channel DH) would just leave it at home.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

The bottom line is that edibles will be safer than bud, and probably safe to any destination, unless you're an idiot or unruly, or both.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay I've never driven a car without THC in by system. If fact, I toked up before my physical driving test to get my drivers license, and I performed exceptionally well. Add a couple drinks to my bowl, and I'm not driving anywhere. By the way, isn't this story about planes, not automobiles? I'm sure the DUID story will be coming soon, don't blow your wad.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@jcorbett1 This is what a TSA employee told me, VERBATIM:

"There is no way to test, say, pot brownies for pot. Especially if they don't smell like weed. That is what a customs agent, who I've known for many years, told me when I told him I was going to Amsterdam 5 years ago. So yeah, go ahead & bring your "Canna cookies" and "Blazed Brownies". TSA will just take one look at that, & shrug it off thinking that is what they really are."

Of course, mine smell, but they don't when they're in the container, and there are no drug dogs in the TSA area.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Donkey, great to see you up and early and commenting this morning.  Hope you had time to grab a cup of coffee, it's another beautiful day in the Great Pot State of Colorado while you were sleeping.  Now if you don't mind, pass the Cheetos and Goldfish.... I'm a little hungry flying this couch through the universe alone all morning.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... won't it be cool when the self-serving shysters at NORML shove the 5 ng/ml limit into Colorado DUI-m law?

                                     *** Regulation Works! ***

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... of course stupid stoners should be reminded to REMOVE the LABELS displaying a giant pot leaf, green cross, and other indiscreet branding like "Canna Cookies", "Blazed Brownies", "Cheeba Chews", "Twirling Hippie", etc.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

“stated that he thought small quantities under a 1/2 ounce to an ounce, for medical uses, was no big deal.”

Regulation Works !!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@IcePick 

NORML supports the 5 ng/ml limit you ignorant fuckwit.

NORML helped pass the 5 ng/ml limit in Washington with I-502

A64 mandates that DUI-m shall always be illegal -- without bothering to define or quantify any objective scientific limits -- leaving a giant hole for the NORML supported 5 ng/ml limit to be inserted firmly up the collective colons of the stupid stoners who voted for it.

You fucked yourself -- again -- you inbred idiot.

IcePick
IcePick

@DonkeyHotay Which you will promptly blame on A64 instead of blaming Sen King who will once again promote some type of dui law.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Stoners would be wise to take this advice for their every-day behavior, anyway. If pay attention to what the conservatives get all excited about in regard to medial cannabis, they seem most driven by the fact that SEEING it fills them with anger and irrational fear. Were it not so visible, they probably wouldn't even remember it existed.

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