Traveling with cannabis just got a little less stressful at one major world transit hub.
The Los Angeles International Airport updated its public marijuana policy on its website recently to green-light transporting legal amounts of cannabis through security checkpoints and onto planes. Using cannabis at the airport, of course, remains verboten. According to LAX’s new public Marijuana Policy:
While federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal airspace), California’s passage of proposition 64, effective January 1, 2018, allows for individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal consumption. In accordance with Proposition 64, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. However, passengers should be aware that marijuana laws vary state by state and they are encouraged to check the laws of the states in which they plan to travel.
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The policy is an update on past marijuana guidance for passengers, which stated that if Transportation Security Administration officials caught you with weed in your luggage, they would turn you over to local police for potential arrest and adjudication.
Local police enforce cannabis policies differently depending on location, so while San Francisco International travelers might get one response to flying with cannabis, John Wayne Airport travelers in Orange County, CA, might get a different one.
Legalization Proposition 64 made personal possession of cannabis legal for adults 21 and older in California, effective on election night 2016. As such, there’s little for local police in the state to enforce when it comes to having personal amounts of cannabis on you.
“There wasn’t much they could do before,” said Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, a national cannabis consumer advocacy group.
LAX’s policy codifies the current position of the Los Angeles Police Department, who have better things to worry about than the vape pen in your bag.
“It exemplifies the widespread cultural shift and acceptance of marijuana that is ongoing in the state of California,” Armentano said.
News of LAX’s revised policy broke across the internet this morning, eliciting cheers from some travelers.
“That’s dope and shocking to be honest,” commented nuckols805 on the Instagram post of leading California cultivators Jungle Boys.