TSA will now allow FDA-approved medical cannabis onboard

Grant Boone
May 31, 2019

It's commonly found in all types of cannabis, but only hemp-derived CBD is federally legal (thanks to President Trump signing the Farm Bill into law last fall).

TSA's new policy says CBD and some medical marijuana is allowed on carry-on bags and checked bags with "special instructions".

"Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law", writes the TSA. The updates are available on its "What Can I Bring" webpage concerning medications.

Now the TSA has announced that it will allow people to fly with CBD and hemp products. The TSA said in a statement that it was recently made aware of the drug and updated the regulations to avoid confusion on whether families can bring it when traveling. To date, the FDA has only approved one product containing CBD for use as a drug; in June 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex for the treatment of epilepsy.

It now says medications containing hemp-derived CBD are legal to take aboard aircraft.

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Marijuana in its other non-medical forms, however, won't be allowed aboard commercial aircraft.

The TSA's new rules still ban other forms of marijuana, including certain cannabis-infused products and CBD oils that have THC, which are still illegal under federal law. CBD derived from cannabis plants has been touted for its therapeutic properties.[1] How the FDA will choose to regulate CBD remains uncertain.

The official also said TSA's screening process is focused primarily on security and threats so TSA agents don't specifically search for marijuana, "but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer".

For example, FDA has issued warning letters to companies illegally selling CBD products meant to treat diseases such as cancer, which did not obtain new drug approvals.

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