TSA: We aren’t looking for your weed, so don’t let us find it


The Transportation Safety Administration has come out warning flyers that while its officers are not looking for marijuana or other drugs at checkpoints, they have to turn folks over to the law if they stumble across an illicit substance during security screening.

What are the details?

The agency issued a public service announcement on Instagram last month, saying, “Are we cool? We like to think we’re cool. We want you to have a pleasant experience at the airport and arrive safely at your destination. But getting caught while trying to fly with marijuana or cannabis-infused products can really harsh your mellow.”

“Let us be blunt,” the message said, weaving in a little weed lingo, “TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats.”

“But,” the caption continued, “in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement. This includes items that are used for medicinal purposes.”

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