The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has updated its website to show that a pediatric epilepsy drug made from marijuana can now be accepted on flights. This change comes after the TSA was notified about the approval of that drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The updated guidance provided to passengers by the TSA indicates that subject to special conditions, certain forms of medical marijuana can now be taken on board flights either in checked luggage or carry-on luggage.
The government agency added that while the federal government’s position on substances containing marijuana hasn’t changed, an exception is being made for the CBD-infused drug which has received FDA approval for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy in kids.
The TSA revealed that this new change is likely to catch many of its agents unaware, so efforts are being made to brief them on the matter.
The officials from the TSA stated that the agency is primarily interested in matters of security rather than searching for illegal substances. However, in the conduct of their duties, they often come across illegal substances, such as marijuana. In such a case, the matter is brought to the attention of law enforcement agencies for appropriate action.
The new guidance published on the TSA website brings a sigh of relief to many parents who were unsure whether they would be breaking the law if they travelled with this cannabis-derived drug with or without their epileptic kids.
The clarification should not be stretched by travelers to mean that medical marijuana is now allowed on flights. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance under U.S. federal law, so you risk being arrested and prosecuted if you attempt to bring your medical cannabis on any flight. Only the FDA-approved drug has been given an exception to the rule that marijuana and products containing it aren’t allowed on flights.
Cannabis industry advocates have welcomed this updated TSA guidance because, to them, it is common sense that once the drug became legal then it couldn’t be on a list of restricted items which aren’t allowed on flights.
The advocates feel that the federal governments and its agencies should also think about states where marijuana is legal in some form, whether for medical or recreational use. The federal government should pass legislation recognizing that those states are free to pass and implement their own cannabis laws without interference from the federal government. This is as logical as the TSA writing that the FDA-approved cannabis drug can now be allowed on flights.
The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) applauds the step taken by the TSA to clarify that families can now take the cannabis-derived epilepsy drug on flights.
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