In 2014, the United States Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill. Among other things, the 2014 Farm Bill made it legal to sell hemp, or cannabis that contains less than 0.3 percent THC in terms of dry weight, inside the states that were a part of the Hemp Pilot Program.
Four years later, in 2018, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which contained – in part – clauses that made it legal for businesses and individuals to engage in the sale or distribution of products derived from hemp in an interstate commercial fashion. Now, across much of the United States, stores selling hemp have popped up out of seemingly nowhere.
Before the 2018 Farm Bill, over half of the states in the nation had already legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational use. Having access to cannabis, even though it’s not the same as traditional pot – the kind that gets you high – in states that do not recognize cannabis as being legal is certainly better than nothing and gives people the hope that cannabis legalization may soon come to their states.
For the past few months, people flying within the United States have been confused about whether they can carry cannabis if it’s legal in their state of departure, if they have a prescription for medical-use cannabis, and tons of other situations.
Fortunately, the United States Transportation Security Administration, also known as the TSA, released a few new guidelines regarding flying with cannabis in one’s possession.
According to NBC News, the guidelines effectively make CBD, or cannabidiol, that is derived from hemp legal to fly with, at least in general. People will be able to fly with medicines that contain CBD, though they have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. People can also fly with CBD-heavy cannabis products that are derived from hemp.
The reason why the Transportation Security Administration decided to change its guidelines regarding cannabis is because of widespread confusion about whether the drug Epidiolex, a drug that is often used to treat epilepsy in children that have been approved by the FDA, is legal to fly with or not.
To put it simply, everybody in the United States who wants to fly within the nation are allowed to bring hemp products that are compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill with them on flights. Cannabis that has more than 0.3 percent THC by dried weight is not legal to fly with – the TSA will bust you if they find it.