In some not-exactly-news-but-a-refreshing-contrast-to-the-increasingly-militarized-police-state, there have been a few pieces recently on the fact that California’s TSA has not been hassling air travelers with medical marijuana authorization who wish to bring their medicine in flight. Not bad, considering America’s drug policy laughably manages to be both oppressively conservative and delusionally idealistic, from the underutilization of promising addiction and anxiety-alleviating psychedelics research to the still-frequent imprisonment of nonviolent drug offenders.
The TSA’s policy on found illegal intoxicants is to refer the issue to local law enforcement, who are unlikely to give a shit in state jurisdictions where said intoxicants are legal for possession and use with permit, therefore creating a laissez-faire policy on traveling with medical weed. “I’m delighted to hear that because I think it shows that TSA primarily is acting as it was intended when it was established, to protect all of us when we travel on the airlines and to thwart terrorists. It is not supposed to be an anti-drug agency,” says Keith Stroup, the lawyer who founded the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “It is a federal agency, marijuana does remain illegal under federal law, so if you get the wrong TSA agent and he wants to be a pain, he can arrest you,” Stroup says. “I’m glad to see there’s a little give in the system but obviously at some point we need to remove marijuana from federal law so this is not an issue.”
Things are looking up: soon travelers need only be concerned about whether a Roor fits in carry-on luggage, or how one single THC lollipop ended in a $96 charge at the airport TGI Friday’s. Can you fly with medical marijuana? Probably not recommended. But it’s nice to know that in rare cases, the behavior of law enforcement is actually more progressive than the federal government. We’ll take the comfort where we can find it.