The rules regarding marijuana have been rapidly evolving so it can be confusing to understand the restrictions on flying with what may be a legal amount of weed from where you are leaving from.
If you would have asked, “Can you fly with pot?” to a group of friends I once booked a trip with, the answer to the question would have been “Of course you can, we just did!” I should have known when the first place we stopped after leaving the airport was somewhere to buy rolling papers but I was naive and when I walked into their hotel room they said I should leave because, I “have a real job.” I’m so glad I had friends who had my best interests in mind while they got high in the hotel room that I booked for them under my name.
As it turns out, if we took that trip today instead of twenty years ago, the circumstances might have been different, depending on where we were leaving from and where we were going.
Please know that I am no expert on flying in the United States with marijuana or any CBD products. Don’t take my article as legal advice and definitely do your own research before deciding if your activities are legal under state and federal law.
There are now 10 states where recreational marijuana usage is now legal:
Even more states, 33 in total, have allowed the use of marijuana for medicinal uses. That’s in addition to the entire country of Canada, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis in 2018.
However, the U.S. Federal Government still views cannabis as an illegal substance. So if you want to go on vacation and bring your weed with you, what’s the rules?
I’m a big fan of National Car Rental’s Emerald Aisle program. I’ve been a member for 20 years now (Ugh, Really? 20 years?) (Note from Sharon – when did I marry such an old man? LOLOL!). For all that time and for all those rentals, I’ve never earned a single rental credit with National. I’ve earned frequent flyer miles for my rentals instead. For my travels, I just don’t rent cars often enough so it would take me forever to earn a free rental day.
Your happy place is where you just feel right. It may be somewhere you visit often or somewhere you’ve only been once. It’s a place that envelops you and covers you in a feeling of happiness and joy. It’s a place where you’re sad when you have to leave and all you can think about is how and when you’re going to get back.
Regardless of that number, just know you’re not getting on the plane when the boarding process starts unless you’re a super elite frequent flyer or a disabled passenger in a wheelchair. The passengers with some sort of loyalty with the airline or one of their partners and the passengers who paid for first class will go next. Why not stay seated until your group (or at least the one right before it is called) cause you’re gonna have a long wait just to have your ticket scanned and all you’re going to is stand on the jet bridge for a while before getting on the plane.
Just be patient and don’t be like the people in this video from JetBlue