There are a few important things you need to know when you are preparing for air travel. For example, you need to know which items you are allowed to take on the plane and which are not. One of the common questions travelers ask is, can I bring food on the plane? This article answers this and other related issues.
What are edibles?
Edibles are food products made from marijuana. Although smoking is the most common way to consume marijuana, some food companies have found ways to infuse their food products with marijuana, especially in countries and states where marijuana is legalized. For example, brownies have become a common way of consuming the drug.
Thus, autumn brownies can be classified as edible. However, almost any type of food can be infused with the drug and eaten. Some vegetable oil refineries also infuse their products with marijuana. There are also marijuana-infused butters that can be spread on ready-to-eat foods like bread and cakes.
Other types of food include cookies, confectionery such as candies and chocolate bars, beverages and nutritional supplements. Most of these foods are quite low-key. It is difficult for an ordinary citizen to suspect that products are infused with marijuana.
Food products are mainly distributed in the United States, especially in states such as California, Michigan, New Jersey and others, where the use of marijuana for recreational purposes by adults and medical marijuana has been legalized. However, food is prohibited on airplanes in the United States and many other parts of the world.
Can you take food on the plane?
The short answer is no. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has banned the use of any marijuana products on airplanes. The administration insists that all marijuana products are illegal under federal law. Therefore, you should not bring food or any other cannabis-infused products on the plane.
This means that you should choose cannabidiol or CBD products if you are going to travel by air because the TSA has banned some of them. Moreover, it does not specify which CBD products are prohibited. Additionally, there are rules you must follow if you want to bring medical marijuana products on the plane.
In short, you should not bring any product containing hemp on the plane without TSA approval. Moreover, there is so much vagueness surrounding this decree that it makes it even more difficult for you to decide which products to take with you when you travel by plane. Therefore, you need to research carefully which marijuana products are illegal before your travel date to avoid problems with airport security.
You should consult with the chosen airline before the date of travel and get their explanations. It will be explained to you which products cannot be taken with you, and which can be. It also allows you to ask any other related questions you may have, including the use of medical marijuana on a plane.
If you’re traveling abroad, you’ll have a lot of trouble getting marijuana-infused products on the plane because it’s generally illegal to bring cannabis-infused products into another country. You should also understand that some airlines do not allow travelers to bring in food and drinks from outside the country.
What happens if you get caught flying edibles?
Although most airlines do not search their passengers for cannabis, you will be in trouble if you are caught on a plane with cannabis or any products containing marijuana. According to the TSA, if an airline or airport security officer discovers food or any other product containing cannabis on a plane, they must notify law enforcement immediately. After that, law enforcement officers will assess the situation and determine the further reason for the application.
Most airlines in America warn their passengers that they must bring food and other products containing hemp on their flights because they will be personally liable if they do so. Although recreational and medical use of cannabis is permitted in some states, airlines must still comply with federal law. So if you are caught with food on board, the plane will hand you over to law enforcement for further action.
However, there is a lot of ambiguity in what happens when you bring food on a plane, because law enforcement decides what happens next. The law does not have clear guidelines for punishing passengers who take cannabis on flights. However, some passengers have been jailed for carrying or consuming marijuana and marijuana-infused food on board.
You may also be fined or denied entry for bringing food and other marijuana products onto their flights. Another common punishment for such an offense is a flight delay. Unfortunately, most airlines won’t refund you if you’re late for your flight because you brought food with you.
Even if you manage to get marijuana products to your destination, you still run the risk of being arrested by law enforcement, especially if you’re traveling to a country or state where cannabis is illegal. Some countries have very harsh punishments for possession or use of cannabis. So be very careful when packing food for your next international flight.
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the laws of the state or country you plan to visit before trying to sneak in food. After all, ignorance is no defense. You are expected to be well informed about the laws of the country before your arrival.
How to travel with medical marijuana
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to board a plane with medical marijuana products because they are Schedule I controlled substances.
Therefore, you may be in trouble under federal law if you take marijuana-infused products on a plane, even if they are intended for medical use. A Schedule I controlled substance means that anyone who transports marijuana or related products across state lines is committing a federal crime and must be charged with drug trafficking. This offense is punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of at least $250,000 for a first offender.
Some international penalties for possession of marijuana or related products can be extremely harsh, and some even include life imprisonment or even execution. So, if you want to bring medical marijuana on your flight, you must have medical proof. According to the TSA, marijuana and certain products containing marijuana, including CBD oil, are illegal under federal law, except for products that have been approved by the FDA and products with less than 0.3 percent THC by weight per dry weight.
So, if you need to bring medical marijuana on your flight, bring your medical marijuana card as proof. A doctor’s prescription is also important because it will help you to substantiate your opinion. Patients with the necessary supporting documents can enjoy medical cannabis reciprocity even if they fly to different states.
It’s also important to check the marijuana guidelines provided by your airline before booking your flight to see if they allow medical marijuana. Many US airlines have developed rules that describe who must bring medical marijuana on the plane. You should also understand what the law says about the use of medical marijuana in the state or country you are traveling to.
Even in medical situations, the amount of marijuana allowed varies from state to state. For example, in Hawaii, visitors with medical marijuana cards are allowed to buy up to four ounces of cannabis in 15 days from licensed dispensaries. In Arizona, visitors cannot buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries, although they are allowed to use it. Understanding these rules before you travel will help you stay out of trouble.