According to a bold, high minded statement by Los Angeles, California’s LAX airport, passengers are now allowed to carry up to 28.5 grams of cannabis flowers and up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates, all the way up to the gate and onto the airplane.
The official announcement reads:
In accordance with Proposition 64, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. However, passengers should be aware that marijuana laws vary state by state and they are encouraged to check the laws of the states in which they plan to travel.
Being able to pack cannabis and go through security without worry is a big bonus for people who depend on weed to get through the day. The very ill and even the moderately ill need to pack their medicine as much as they need to pack fresh underwear and it’s a small miracle that now they can without worry.
NBC 4 Los Angeles reported that Transportation Security Administration agents may yet stop people from boarding their flights if said federal agency finds cannabis in their carry-on bags, but that the airport police wouldn’t take it – unless the amount exceeds California’s legal limits.
One thing that’s definitely not going to change anytime soon are the policies of other airports to match. Denver International responded strongly and quickly, letting potential passengers know that they shouldn’t expect the same freedoms when flying out of The Mile High.
But, talk about flying high. This should be a relief to cannabis imbibers in Southern California, especially those who enjoy an edible in air, and could perhaps eventually set a precedent for other legalized states to do the same. It’s progressive, some would say revolutionary and another form of cannabis normalization that is already starting to buzz across the nation.
In the U.S., 9 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis all the way so far, and more states are on their heels. 29 states have legalized for medical use, so in all, over two thirds of the nation has some form of allowed marijuana. LAX isn’t necessarily ahead of its time, it’s actually right on time and setting an example that includes the fact that there’s truly nothing nefarious about cannabis.