The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is now allowing passengers to transport some products containing cannabidiol (CBD) oil, following a quiet update to the agency’s medical marijuana policy last weekend.
According to the TSA’s updated policy, “products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA are legal as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.”
Why the sudden change?
According to the TSA, the change was prompted by a medication called Epidiolex, used to treat seizures in children with epilepsy and the only Food and Drug Administration-approved drug that contains CBD oil.
Cannabis and cannabis-derived products containing THC, the plant’s psychoactive chemical, remain prohibited from both checked and carry-on bags, the TSA said; according to its policy, “TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.”
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