The Transportation Security Administration has a message for marijuana consumers: We won’t look for your pot, but if we find it, we can’t ignore it either.
It’s a clarification the federal agency wanted to make clear as more states legalize marijuana in some form.
“Are we cool? We like to think we’re cool. We want you to have a pleasant experience at the airport and arrive safely at your destination,” the TSA wrote in an Instagram post last month. “But getting caught while trying to fly with marijuana or cannabis-infused products can really harsh your mellow.”
Regardless of whether your destination allows recreational marijuana, traveling over state lines with marijuana, whether by plane, train, car, or foot, is illegal. And yes, that even includes flying between two states where adult-use marijuana is legal.
But the TSA says even though it’s federally illegal, that’s not what it’s looking for when its officers screen you.
“Let us be blunt: TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs,” the agency wrote. “Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. [Read more at Boston Globe]