Marijuana At Airports: Colorado and Washington Adjust To New Laws

COLORADO:  It’s been about six months since specialty shops selling recreational marijuana began operating legally in Colorado. In July, the first batch of shops licensed to sell retail weed will open in Washington State.

Both states prohibit locally-purchased pot from crossing state lines and marijuana remains illegal under the federal laws that also govern the aviation industry.

So as the busy summer travel season begins, we checked in with the TSA and some of the airports in the pot-pioneering states to see how they’re enforcing – or plan to enforce – rules prohibiting passengers from taking pot on a plane.

TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein emphasizes that the agency’s focus remains “terrorism and security threats to the aircraft and its passengers.” And if you search for “marijuana” on the TSA’s “Can I bring my … through the security checkpoint?” tool, you’ll get a message that begins “TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs.”

Denver International Airport Formalizes Policy Banning Marijuana And Sets Fines for possession

COLORADO:  Denver International Airport held a public hearing Wednesday to formalize its policy banning marijuana and set fines for possession.

Warning signs were installed at airport entrances earlier this month, notifying passengers that marijuana was banned across the entire airport property, despite the new state law legalizing recreational use and possession by adults age 21 and older. [Read more…]

TSA Weighs Allowing Passengers To Fly With Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Keep calm and carry it on?

With state laws rapidly being re-written as to the legality of marijuana use, the Transportation Safety Administration is struggling to present a clear message on whether it permits airline passengers to fly with pot. [Read more…]

TSA Weighs Allowing Passengers To Fly With Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Keep calm and carry it on?

With state laws rapidly being re-written as to the legality of marijuana use, the Transportation Safety Administration is struggling to present a clear message on whether it permits airline passengers to fly with pot. [Read more…]