More information on flying with marijuana products
Readers may know that flying with marijuana products is not a good idea, even though you likely will not be arrested. We discussed this topic in a prior popular post. However, there are some additional questions that were not answered in that post, which we will answer in this Orange County post.
Medical marijuana ID cards
Many people have a medical marijuana card, and they believe this should allow them to travel with their medication. After all, if they can travel with any other prescribed medication, surely, they can travel with their medically prescribed weed, as long as they have their medical marijuana card. That is not the case.
TSA does not recognize a medical marijuana card. They do not have the ability to check the validity of the card and a medical marijuana card is only good in the state where it was issued.
Edibles are products that contain marijuana or marijuana derivatives. These are just as illegal on the federal level as marijuana itself. As such, you cannot fly with edibles, and if TSA finds you with them, they will only allow you to proceed if you throw them away.
However, remember, they are not looking for drugs, so depending on the nature of the edibles and the packaging itself, it may not even be flagged. This is especially true for those products that look like ordinary food items. This is not to insinuate that you should try, only that if you find later that you have flown with edibles, it is not that the TSA agent allowed it through, only that it was likely not noticed.
Some edibles contain CBD (cannabidiol), which is derived from marijuana, but does not necessarily contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical that makes users “high.” According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CBD products are only illegal if they contain more than 0.3% THC. This means that, if you want to fly with a CBD product, as long as it is less than 3.4 ounces (if a liquid) and contains less than 0.3% THC, you can fly with it.
However, keep in mind that just because marijuana is largely legal, it does not mean you will not face Newport Beach area charges for traveling with it. There are a myriad of ways that you could face state or federal drug charges.