LAX Is Cool With Weed, Shouldn’t DIA Be Too?
You can stroll through Los Angeles International Airport with weed in your pocket. You would think that would cool in Denver too?
But it's not. Not yet anyway. A couple of days ago weed-smoking Californians were excited to hear that "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." That change was triggered by the passage of Proposition 64, the state's initiative that legalized adult recreational cannabis use.
Just because it's cool to carry in LA doesn't mean it's the same in Denver. Looks like too that a change in policy isn't going to happen anytime soon. DIA communications manager Emily Williams says that LA's decision isn't going to influence Denver to make a change to the current policy. "Because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, we do not have plans to revisit our policy at this time, nor has it changed," says Willimas.
A reminder too, the TSA is a federal entity so it's not a good idea to have them find weed on you. Transportation Security Administration policy mandates that an agent that confiscates cannabis they are to refer the incident to local law enforcement. In case you're wondering, TSA security officers don't search for marijuana or illegal drugs. They're looking for weapons and other threats. However, if they discover what looks like weed or cannabis-infused products during the security screening process, the TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.
Best advice is to leave the weed at home. If you're flying out of DIA chances are you heading to a state where marijuana remains illegal. Once you're on the ground you're subject to federal law and if you're packing you could get yourself in trouble.