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Traveling with CBD Oil

Posted by John C. Taylor | Sep 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

There is no doubt that cannabis laws in the United States are confusing. Many people do not know which products are legal and which products can send them to jail. While you might know that recreational marijuana is unlawful in Tennessee, do you know whether you can legally purchase CBD oil? Once you purchase it, can you travel with it? Many people use CBD oil for pain relief and other medicinal purposes, so they want to bring it with them when they travel. Is it illegal to travel with your oil, or could you end up in trouble with the law?

Interstate Road Trips

The federal Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp products with less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana, throughout the United States. Any CBD products with more than 0.3 percent THC are still strictly illegal at the federal level and in many states. In addition, each state has its own laws regarding the legality of CBD oil and related hemp products. Legal CBD possession in one state may not be lawful in a neighboring state.

For example, in Tennessee, you need a medical exemption to possess CBD oil, but you do not need an exemption in Arkansas. If you purchase CBD oil in Arkansas and then travel with it to Tennessee without the necessary medical exemption, you could get arrested. Further, states like Kansas only allow CBD products with zero percent THC, so products that are lawful in other states could be prohibited in Kansas.

Flying with CBD Oil

Many people use CBD to relieve stress or anxiety, which is common when flying. So, can you take your CBD products on the plane with you? Previously, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) banned all cannabis-derived products from checked bags and carry-ons, and TSA did not differentiate between marijuana and hemp products. In 2019, however, TSA changed its policy and now allows hemp-based CBD oils with less than 0.3 percent THC to travel with passengers or in checked bags. You can still be reported to law enforcement if TSA finds products with more than 0.3 percent THC.

CBD on Cruise Ships

Most cruise lines prohibit any type of CBD products, even if you have a medical exemption. This is true even if the state from which the cruise departs allows CBD oil possession. If you want to bring CBD oil on a ship, you should always check with the company regarding their policy.

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About the Author

John C. Taylor

John C. Taylor is a Murfreesboro native and a graduate of Oakland High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he participated in the Furman Advantage Research program, studying religion in American politics. John also earned his Master's degree.

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