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  • Post Time Posted May 10, 2019
Most people know it’s not a good idea to travel internationally with cannabis in their possession. Since 9/11, airport screening has increased dramatically around the world, and that means that anyone could get in trouble for carrying a controlled substance.

CBD is legal in only some places around the world, including Europe, but are you allowed to take it with you on vacation? Even though cannabis and CBD are legal in some states in America, they are still prohibited by the 1930’s Prohibition Act, according to Federal law. But what about a patient who has legally been prescribed cannabis or a CBD product by a medical professional, but is scared to travel abroad or even domestically due to multi-layered airport security measures?

The TSA’s official policy in the States is clear on this; no cannabis can be taken through security and onto a flight even if a doctor prescribes it. To say that cannabis legislation has become a quagmire is an understatement as innocent people are left wondering if or how they can travel with their medication. But what about CBD - a compound inside the cannabis plant that’s non-psychoactive and completely legal in some countries? CBD - short for Cannabidiol - has gained in popularity over the past few years, used by people wanting to treat anxiety, chronic pain or insomnia, among other difficult conditions but without the high or disorienting feelings associated with cannabis.

Herein lies the proverbial rub as the legality of CBD depends on the jurisdiction you’re in. Another issue is that CBD flower looks and smells much like conventional cannabis containing THC, and a TSA agent would have to be a cannabis expert to even have a chance of telling the difference.

According to recent news reports, the confusion over the matter from CBD consumers had led to some severe consequences for some travelers as CBD confiscations and even arrests have ‘skyrocketed’ according to Cleatus Hunt Jr. - port director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

One LA-based lawyer, Griffen Thorne said, “Until the law is very, very clear, people are going to get arrested for possession of things that aren’t explicitly illegal. Federal authorities, in general, are much less likely to let people off the hook.”

Sadly, there’s no end of confusion when it comes to the mysterious world of CBD. Lower Jurisdictions are just another example of how people can get in trouble for CBD. The New York City Department of Health, as just one example, has made it crystal clear that it will prosecute any restaurants selling CBD on their menus. Then again, stores there are permitted to sell oils and creams which contain CBD. Clarity and direction are needed to resolve the graveness of an issue that has some real consequences for everyday people.

Source: https://cbdtesters.co/2019/05/08/travel-airport-cbd/

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