Fly high: Oregon airport lets in-state passengers fly with marijuana | TheHill – The Hill
Portland International Airport is allowing passengers who are flying to destinations within the state of Oregon to carry marijuana on their flights, Portland television station KPTV reports.
Oregon recently joined Colorado is legalizing recreational marijuana use within its state borders, and the state’s residents are as of July 1 allowed to carry an ounce of the drug on their person.
Airports in Colorado elected to continue banning marijuana on their grounds after that state’s legalization effort, citing Transportation Security Administration rules, but Portland’s airport is permitting passengers to keep their possessions if their destination is also within Oregon, according to the report.
TSA officials say they do not go out of their way to look for marijuana during their passenger checks, but they do have to enforce federal law, even when it conflicts with new state laws like Oregon’s recreational marijuana legislation.
“Screening procedures are governed by federal law and designed to detect threats to aviation security,” the agency says in a brochure about prohibited items that is distributed to passengers.
“TSA officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs; however, if an item is found that may violate federal law during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to law enforcement,” the brochure continues. “Whether or not marijuana is considered medical marijuana federal law provides no basis to treat medical marijuana differently than non-medical marijuana.”