With recreational marijuana being legalized in Oregon, Portland International Airport has made one very crucial change in its drug policy: Effective July 1, all passengers traveling on flights within Oregon can carry up to an ounce of weed with them.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), their main goal is to “detect threats to aviation security,” and that does not involve pot users who obey the state’s marijuana limit. Once the TSA finds you carrying pot, security agents will alert the Port Police. The police will then check if you’re over the legal limit, if you are of legal age, and if you are not flying out of state. Once everything checks out, the TSA will let you go without further ado.
Since using, possessing, and transporting marijuana is still a criminal offense on the federal level, Oregon flyers still can’t take pot out of state. If the TSA catches you in the act, you will be asked to leave the checkpoint and find a way to get rid of your cannabis before getting back in line.
Passengers interviewed by Fox 12 seemingly have no problems with it. Arnold Lucht said, “I don’t care if they got it in their pocket. I could care less as long as they can’t smoke it in the airport, you can’t smoke it in the airplane. So depends if wherever they’re going if it’s legal, that’s fine with me.”
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