Travelers navigating through airports in states where marijuana has been legalized are picking up mixed messages, thanks to a hodgepodge of conflicting federal and state laws and enforcement policies that differ from airport to airport.
“Are we cool? We like to think we’re cool,” said the TSA in a recent Instagram post. “We want you to have a pleasant experience at the airport and arrive safely at your destination. But getting caught while trying to fly with marijuana or cannabis-infused products can really harsh your mellow.”
“Let us be blunt,” the caption continues. “TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis-infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement. This includes items that are used for medicinal purposes.”