Cannabis and Airports: What’s the Deal?

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While many states have legalized recreational marijuana, the substance remains illegal at a federal level. As such, it can be confusing to understand the laws in regard to crossing state lines with cannabis.

Below, our Michigan cannabis law attorneys discuss airport travel laws related to cannabis so you can remain compliant.

Can You Bring Marijuana into an Airport?

Marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. This drug classification carries the harshest penalties for possession and use. However, many states—including Michigan—have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. So, what’s the deal when you’re traveling at an airport in a state where marijuana has been legalized?

The short answer is—it’s illegal. This is because, technically, airports are considered federal property and, as such, follow federal law rather than state law. So, even if you’re traveling through an airport that is physically located in a state where marijuana is legal, you can still be charged with a federal crime for possessing or using marijuana in a U.S. airport.

It’s also a federal crime to carry marijuana onto an airplane that flies over U.S. airspace. The same laws apply here—U.S. airspace is governed by federal law, which is why the substance cannot be carried onto any flight in this country.

Need Help with Cannabis Law? Contact Us Today

Although the laws surrounding marijuana possession at an airport are clear, there are several other areas of cannabis law that are much more complicated.

At Grewal Law PLLC, our Michigan cannabis law attorneys can help you understand this state’s laws in regard to cannabis possession, use, and licensure. In order to ensure you have everything you need to remain compliant, make sure you discuss your plans with one of our cannabis attorneys.

Contact us today at (888) 211-5798 to schedule a free consultation!

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