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As reported in the New York Times, travelers possessing medical cannabis products, legally purchased, run afoul of the law if they try to transport them on an airline flight.
- Secure airport areas beyond the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints are under federal control, and the federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 (most harmful) substance, even in states where it is legal for adults to consume it.
- The laws conflict, but federal law trumps state law, making it illegal to fly with marijuana in carry-on or checked luggage. It is also illegal to transport marijuana across state lines, even if both states have legalized it.
But some travelers assume the risk and still travel with their cannabis products. Read about patient experiences, including rocker Melissa Etheridge’s, in the friendly skies.