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Fly with weed: Doug Benson says TSA doesn’t care

By Oscar Pascual |

Comedian Josh Blue has just – accidentally – proved that flying with marijuana is totally cool.

The Latest Comic Status Champion flew to California to smoke copious amounts of cannabis with fellow funny Doug Benson on this week’s video podcast episode, Doug with getting High.

What Blue didn’t know was that he also brought some of his own weed to smoke from his home state of Colorado.

“I actually brought some (weed) with me too, but mine was brought in from Denver by accident today,” said Blue. “I opened my bag and thought, ‘Oh my God.'”

Then Benson stated a little-known fact: “The TSA doesn’t care about marijuana for the most part.”

“They don’t. I’ve never heard of anyone leaving Denver and getting busted,” Blue agreed.

While Benson and Blue’s statements may sound like pure conjecture, they are actually right. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) relaxed their policies on marijuana in 2013 to the extent that security agents no longer specifically search for marijuana.

Official TSA policy now states:

“TSA guards don’t search for marijuana or other drugs. If a substance resembling marijuana is detected during the security check, the TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. Whether or not marijuana is considered legal under local law is irrelevant to TSA screening, as TSA is governed by federal law. Federal law provides no basis for treating medical marijuana differently from non-medical marijuana. Even if an item is generally allowed, it may be subject to additional screening or may not be allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or presents other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether or not to allow items on the plane.”

Technically, if the TSA finds weed, they have to turn it over to the local police. But with the increase in the legalization of marijuana in the US, it seems that airports no longer feel the need to punish passengers for possessing small amounts.

Even dating back to 2011, the worst punishment rapper Freddie Gibbs received was a note that read “Come on, son” when he tried to board while carrying two sandwich-sized zip-lock bags full of pot.

Leave it to rappers and comedians to test marijuana’s legal restrictions.

But don’t push your luck. While a TSA officer might pass you by with a small bag or two, trying to fly with a ridiculous amount of money, like two travel bags full of weed, would most likely earn you some personal time with a DEA agent.

Keep it calm and you’ll most likely be able to fly with a few ounces to face your impending jet lag.

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