With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the implementation of medical and adult-use cannabis laws in more than half of the United States, in 2019, it is no longer uncommon in America for an individual to own some type of cannabidiol (CBD) product such as a topical or tincture.
Even major retailers like CVS and Walgreens have begun stocking their store shelves with a number of hemp-derived CBD products in select states.
But while owning and using CBD products at home has become a regular part of everyday life for many people, problems can arise if they decide to bring those items along with them when they travel.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents are trained to focus on detecting security threats to airports, airlines, and airline passengers rather than looking for cannabis in people’s luggage, though they are required to hand matters over to local law enforcement if they do find marijuana.
But in an update posted to the medical marijuana category in the “What Can I Bring?” section of the TSA website over the weekend, the agency states that CBD-infused products manufactured under regulations defined by law under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 are approved for travel in both carry-on bags and checked luggage.
The new rule allows now passengers to fly with hemp-derived CBD products containing no more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Other cannabis products that are still illegal under federal law remain unapproved for air travel.