The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its policy on cannabis over the Memorial Day weekend 2019, changing the medical marijuana section of its “What Can I Bring?” webpage from reading “no” to “yes” (with “special instructions”).
"Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018."
Specifically, the agency is clarifying that hemp-derived CBD products may now be carried on planes under certain circumstances. You can find TSA updated information on TSA.gov.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the non-psychoactive component of marijuana. It has been legal at the federal level since the passage of the farm bill in December but only when it is extracted from hemp.
The anti-seizure medication in question, Epidiolex, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Now the agency’s webpage specifies that possession of “certain” cannabis products are illegal under federal law, and TSA agents are required to report suspected violations such as possession of “certain” products to law enforcement. A TSA official has stated, "Agency officers are being briefed on the rule update, but "since this is a new consideration, there may be some that do not recognize the FDA-approved version. If any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer."
Here’s the new policy as it appears on TSA’s website: