Published: Sat, September 29, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

LAX allows pot in airport but TSA says it's still a crime

LAX allows pot in airport but TSA says it's still a crime

They noted that since California law allows people to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and eight grams of concentrated cannabis, LAX police officers will allow passengers in the airport to do the same.

When travelers cross into federal jurisdiction, it's a different story, she said, since marijuana is still federally regulated. But, police warn, possession of any amount is still a federal crime and US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents may find your stash.

Federal Aviation Administration Pacific Division spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency does not have regulations pertaining to passengers and marijuana but pointed to an FAA advisory issued in March that alerted pilots to the federal regulations and penalties for violators despite some states now legalizing marijuana.

Still, police caution people to think twice before embarking on a cannabis-fueled vacation.

In a policy that would have seemed unheard of only a few years ago, travelers are now allowed to pack marijuana along with their other travel essentials when flying out of Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles International Airport, also known as LAX, announced their new policy regarding marijuana.


That's right, for the first time, passengers flying high out of LAX can now legally bring their marijuana onboard.

Proposition 64 was a referendum to legalize recreational marijuana that went into effect on January 1.

"If it's a small amount the TSA and the Denver Police Department will ask that person to dispose of it and if that person is willing to do that they move through", she said.

If you want to play it safe, the best advice would be to leave your stash at home and buy some more when you arrive at your destination.

"The first thing the TSA is going to do is if they find something that is illegal for federal purposes is they're going to refer it to local law enforcement", Kidd said.

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