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Flying high: Los Angeles International Airport now lets passengers carry cannabis

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 29, 2018, 3:41 pm IST
Updated Sep 29, 2018, 3:41 pm IST
Written policy posted by airport police has told passengers that small amounts of weed may now be brought into LAX.
Agents won't take the drug away but will summon the police and let them deal with it. (Photo: AFP)
 Agents won't take the drug away but will summon the police and let them deal with it. (Photo: AFP)

It turns out that travellers can now carry cannabis with them through Los Angeles International Airport.

According to a story published in SunOnline, a written policy posted by airport police has told passengers that small amounts of weed may now be brought into LAX, but they have warned that possession of any amount is still a federal crime and TSA agents - the US version of airport security - may find the stash.

 

However, what action will be taken against a passenger found with marijuana is unclear.

TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said Thursday that agents won't take the drug away but will summon the police and let them deal with it.

According to SunOnline, she wrote in an email, "TSA's focus is on terrorism and security threats to the aircraft and its passengers, whether or not the passenger is allowed to travel with marijuana is up to law enforcement's discretion."

If it turns out a traveler is carrying no more than 28.5 grams (about an ounce), or 8 grams in concentrated form, airport police will simply turn them loose, "Because there is no crime," said airport Officer Alicia Hernandez.

Still, police caution people to think twice before embarking on a cannabis-fuelled vacation, as the rules for cannabis will most likely be different at the destination a passenger is flying to from LAX.

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