TSA updates 'medical marijuana' regulations to reflect FDA-approved drug containing cannabidiol

TSA updates 'medical marijuana' regulations to reflect FDA-approved drug containing cannabidiol

The agency recently updated its guidance to passengers on what can be brought aboard aircraft, indicating that - subject to "special instructions" - there are forms of medical marijuana that can be brought on board or placed in checked luggage.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has updated its guidelines on flying with products containing hemp-derived CBD (or cannabidiol). In 2018, however, the Farm Bill, legalized hemp products, clearing the way for CBD lotions, pills, edibles and oil to hit the market.

The regulator has been under pressure to create a regulatory framework for CBD - which took a new urgency when Congress make hemp legal in December under the Farm Bill.

"Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law", writes the TSA.

CBD was not legalized in the Farm Bill, but rather it was moved under the purview of the FDA, which immediately said companies can not add it to food or beverages.

"To avoid confusion as to whether families can travel with this drug, TSA immediately updated TSA.gov when we became aware of the issue", the agency said. Marijuana remains federally illegal, said the TSA. In June 2018, the FDA approved Epidolex, the first medication to contain "a purified drug substance derived from marijuana".

Possession of other forms of marijuana- and cannabis-infused products is illegal under federal law and the TSA's website notes its officers are required to report any suspected violations of law.

TSA maintains that any cannabis product containing the intoxicating compound THC is still illegal and can't be brought aboard an airplane.

Companies that manufacture and sell CBD products typically market them as a safe and natural way to combat anxiety, inflammation and insomnia.



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