TSA Loosen Reins On CBD Restrictions

With the THC-free, naturally occurring compound CBD found in cannabis becoming continuously less taboo, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has updated its “What can I Bring?” page, allowing for some forms of cannabidiol on board flights.

According to Forbes, the change was evoked by the recent allowance for the children’s seizure medication Epidiolex, the only Food and Drug Administration-approved drug containing CBD.

As appears on the TSA’s website, “Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.” Any medications fitting this description will be permitted.

Prior to this change, the TSA did not differentiate between cannabis and hemp-derived products. Rather, all forms of cannabis had been strictly prohibited onboard flights. Now, forms of CBD products approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be legally permitted in both checked bags and carry-ons.

While this change in regulation will benefit users of these products and positively reflects continuous strides toward cannabis normalization, some passengers worry that allowing substances of this sort will slow down the already draining process of airport security. However, while TSA personnel are required to refer anything they come across to law enforcement, they do not explicitly search for cannabis or other illegal drugs, thus retaining current speeds of security.

Forms of cannabis-infused products and non-THC-free CBD oil will remain prohibited.

While this may seem like a small milestone as strict rules about traveling with cannabis remain in place, it is a leap in the right direction for cannabis normalization.

Emerald contributor since June 2019


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