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As individuals start flying once more and with a giant vacation weekend developing, one reader had a well timed query for our Stoner: “Now that weed is form of ‘no matter,’ will TSA even search for it if I take some with me throughout flights this summer season?

Though the Transportation Safety Administration’s web site warns vacationers that solely high-CBD merchandise accepted by the Meals and Drug Administration are allowed on flights, the coverage additionally advises that “TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.”

You be the decide of how safe that makes your baggage — and in case you determine mistaken, you would land earlier than a decide. However readers even have loads of recommendation, as evidenced by their feedback on the Westword Fb web page submit of the story. Says Gary:

My buddies and coworkers have been flying with weed for years. Since legalization, it simply meant that you did not have to cover it in your crotch. Simply do not be apparent and pack it in your checked baggage. By no means had an issue.

Provides Graeme: 

I’ve had them pull clearly labeled dispensary jars out of my bag and put them again in.

Notes Michael: 

Simply flew with a grip of edibles and a few vape pens

Remembers Darrel: 

The one time they gave me an issue was after I had some hash residue on my bag. They checked me for explosives. Guessing ‘trigger butane extracted hash might be confused as explosives.

Suggets Andrea:

What they don’t respect are makes an attempt at concealment.

Feedback Michael:

I requested, and the woman mentioned, “Honey, I am TSA, not DEA:  My job is to guarantee that airplane leaves and lands safely. Now, simply do not make me search for a loopy quantity.”

Advises Desalles:

The TSA has by no means been looking out for marijuana — provided that a weapon is concerned or police discover it’s there a problem. I labored the airways for 5 years and one particular person was summonsed for pot as a result of it was wrapped in tinfoil and pushed in a peanut butter jar. The opposite was a gram of coke the fool was making an attempt to throw away, and TSA thought it was a weapon.

Responds Curtis: 

Is sensible. I do not assume that “Keep again, or I am going to get the pilot stoned!” is a sensible hijack technique.

However Richard warns:

It is nonetheless federally unlawful, and flying is regulated and run by the feds. I am not taking any probabilities.

Have you ever flown with hashish? What do you advise? Put up a remark or share your ideas at editorial@westword.com.

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