Recreational marijuana may be legal in Washington, but when you make your way into an airport those boundaries change as you approach take-off.
PASCO, WA - Recreational marijuana may be legal in Washington, but when you make your way into an airport those boundaries change as you approach take-off.
You can legally carry up to an ounce of pot in the airport, but once you hit TSA security lines it stops there.
TSA in the terminal and the FAA in the air follow federal law and weed isn't legal on the national level.
TSA says if an agent finds pot during a search they will pass the issue on to local law enforcement.
"A legal amount of marijuana, you can do that anywhere in the airport that you want to. However, once you present a boarding pass to go on an aircraft, aircraft are covered under federal laws and it's still a violation of federal laws to have marijuana," said Arthur Owen, Tri-Cities Airport Chief of Police.
If TSA does catch someone with marijuana and they're handed over to the local law enforcement, the drug will be confiscated and officers will write up a federal report because TSA falls under federal laws.
So, marijuana may be legal in the state of Washington but once you enter an check point with TSA it's federal territory.