Readers of the legal blog know that we frequently post on drug charge topics. Indeed, in a prior post, we discussed flying with marijuana. However, there were some unanswered questions from that East Lansing, Michigan, post. Principally, what about flying with CBD?
What is CBD?
For those that do not know, CBD refers to Cannabidiol, which is a compound (liquid and solid) that is extracted from marijuana plants. In its pure form, CBD does not impair its users.
What are its uses?
Generally, it is used for medicinal purposes, like pain relief or joint health. However, some CBD does contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main active compound in marijuana, and it does impair its users. With a high enough percentage of THC, CBD can cause impairment. However, that is generally not its intended purpose.
Is it legal?
Usually, but not always. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved CBD products that contain 0.3% or less of THC. This means that, if you have a CBD product, and it contains less than that percentage, then yes, it is legal. If not, though, the CBD product is illegal, and you could face drug charges as a result.
Can I fly with it?
Generally, yes. Since the FDA approved CBD products with less than 0.3% THC, you can fly with them, but if it is liquid CBD, it must be 3.4 ounces or fewer. However, keep in mind that TSA officers are not looking for drugs or products with drug derivatives. Even their search dogs are not searching for drugs. As such, even if your CBD products are technically illegal, the TSA officer may not flag it or confiscate it.
However, you are always at the mercy of TSA’s whims, so be aware of the laws in the state where you are flying. If, for whatever reason, you do face arrest on Lansing area drug charges, call an East Lansing, Michigan, attorney immediately. The faster you start your defense, the better.