Article by Josiah Hesse, The Guardian
For at least 24 hours, it appeared that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had officially declared what many had suspected all along: if you have a prescription, you can fly with marijuana.
The TSA website’s “What Can I Bring?” page – listing items allowed and banned from plane travel – amended their “Medical Marijuana” section on Tuesday so that a bright green “Yes” appeared next to “checked” and “carry-on bags”.
“We’re sorry for any confusion. A mistake was made in the database of our new ‘What Can I Bring’ tool,” the TSA tweeted in response to marijuana-reform advocates celebrating the apparent change in policy.
The incident has only added to the confusion surrounding whether marijuana users have anything to fear in bringing pot on to a plane. Currently, there are only six US states that ban cannabis in all forms. With 13% of citizens reportedly saying they consume the drug regularly, there are now millions of Americans who find themselves in a legal gray area when they travel with cannabis.
State marijuana laws differ in minimum age, medical versus recreational usage and amounts allowed. Plus, marijuana is still very much illegal in nearly all contexts under federal law.