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Traveling with Marijuana: What You Need to Know When Flying from California

As marijuana laws continue to evolve across the United States, travelers often find themselves in a legal gray area when it comes to bringing cannabis products on a plane. California, a state at the forefront of marijuana legalization, has its own set of rules and regulations that can be perplexing for those who want to travel with their cannabis. In this blog, we will explore whether you can take marijuana on a plane when traveling from California and what you need to know to stay compliant with both federal and state laws.

Understanding California's Marijuana Laws

California has a well-established legal marijuana industry. The state allows adults aged 21 and older to possess, transport, and purchase recreational marijuana within certain limits. Residents and tourists can legally possess up to 28.5 grams (about 1 ounce) of cannabis flower and up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis, such as edibles or extracts. Possession of larger quantities or unlicensed sales can still lead to legal trouble.

Traveling Within California

Traveling within California with marijuana is relatively straightforward. If you are an adult aged 21 or older, you can carry a reasonable amount of cannabis within the state's legal limits. It's advisable to keep your marijuana products in their original packaging, with labels clearly indicating their potency and origin.
However, it's important to note that marijuana use or possession is not allowed in federally regulated areas, such as airports, even in states where it's legal. This can create confusion for travelers when they are about to embark on a flight.

Traveling by Plane

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a federal agency responsible for airport security across the United States. Federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance, which means it is illegal at the federal level. Consequently, bringing marijuana onto an airplane, even if you are traveling from a state like California where it's legal, is technically against federal law.
The TSA's official policy is to focus on security threats and not actively search for drugs. They may not specifically be looking for marijuana during security screening, but if they discover it in your carry-on bag, they are required to notify local law enforcement. However, some airports in California have instituted policies that prioritize state law over federal law when it comes to marijuana possession, so you might not face legal consequences if you're caught with a legal amount of cannabis.
It's essential to understand that even if you are not arrested or charged by local authorities, you could still miss your flight or face other inconveniences if the TSA discovers marijuana in your luggage. This is particularly true if you're traveling to a state or country where marijuana is illegal. Its always safest to leave your cannabis products at home and visit a local dispansary in the city you are traveling to. 

Tips for Traveling with Marijuana

Know the Laws: Research the specific marijuana laws of the state or country you're traveling to. While California may have legalized marijuana, other places might have strict regulations or prohibition.
Limit Quantities: Only bring the legal limit of marijuana allowed in California (28.5 grams of cannabis flower, 8 grams of concentrated cannabis) and keep it in its original packaging.
Keep It Out of Reach: Store your marijuana securely in your carry-on baggage and not in checked luggage, as checked bags are subject to more thorough screening.
Be Discreet: Avoid using or displaying marijuana products in public areas of the airport.
Consider Alternatives: When traveling to places with strict marijuana laws, consider using alternatives such as CBD products, which are legal in most states.


Traveling with marijuana when flying from California can be a complex issue due to the differences between state and federal laws. While you may not face immediate legal consequences for carrying a legal amount of cannabis in California, it's essential to be aware of the potential risks, especially when traveling to locations with stricter marijuana regulations. To stay on the safe side, it's advisable to leave your marijuana products at home or explore alternatives while traveling. Always research the laws of your destination and consult with legal experts if you have concerns about your specific situation.