Oregon just legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and now in-state flights are allowing marijuana possession. Oregon’s Portland International Airport has decided to allow airline passengers to possess up to one ounce of marijuana while traveling on in-state flights.
A spokesman for Port of Portland, which owns and operates the airport, said that “for those flying to other cities in the state of Oregon, traveling with marijuana is allowable as long as that passenger meets all the other legal requirements of the state law.”
Travelers in Oregon must pass through the typical Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. If a TSA employee finds marijuana, they’ll inform airport police, who will make sure that the passenger’s marijuana doesn’t exceed one ounce and that their boarding pass shows an Oregon destination. If so, the passenger will be allowed to travel to their destination.
In the case that the passenger is not eligible, the passenger will have the ability to store the marijuana in a safe place (like a car), give it to somebody else over the age of 21, or have the marijuana surrendered under law enforcement to be eradicated.
Marijuana is not legalized nationally so transporting marijuana beyond state lines is illicit.