Depending on the type of CBD oil you are traveling with, it could be considered an illegal substance, which prevents it from being taken on a flight.
There are numerous scientists, researchers, and health care professionals who attest to the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant. In addition to medical marijuana, cannabis-based products have become increasingly popular. While CBD oils and tinctures are often available without a prescription, you still need to be cautious when purchasing these items or carrying them with you when you travel. Depending on the amount of THC in them, they could be considered an illegal substance. In addition to having them confiscated at the airport, you could end up facing drug possession charges.
Legal Issues With CBD Oil
Similar to marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD) is a derivative of the cannabis plant. However, it has significantly lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what gives marijuana users a high. According to Healthline, CBD is often combined with other substances, such as palm or hemp oil, and is being used by people suffering from a variety of different conditions. While researchers vary in their opinion on its effectiveness, there are some reported medical benefits. CBD oil is often used for the following:
● As a pain reliever;
● To reduce anxiety and depression;
● As a treatment for people with acne;
● To treat cancer related symptoms, such as nausea and a loss of appetite.
Due to the lower THC levels, CBD oils are not generally not classified in the same category as marijuana products available through dispensaries in Oklahoma. However, there are legal issues associated with the product. The Oklahoma Department of Health advises that CBD oil is legal and can be sold in local stores and through mail order services, provided the THC level in the product is not over .03%. Anything over this amount is considered illegal without a prescription. If you are caught carrying it while flying, you could end up facing drug possession charges.
Taking CBD Oil on Your Flight
Issues related to the legalization of marijuana have created some issues with law enforcement efforts. According to a June 2019 Business Insider report, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states (including Oklahoma) and recreational use is permitted in 11. This creates problems for travelers and particularly those who are flying, who may be taking products from a state where marijuana use is permitted to one where it is against the law.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) advises that it is legal to fly with CBD oil, as long as it meets the .03% THC threshold. Anything over this amount is prohibited and agents are required to report it to federal, state, and local authorities.
Contact Our Ponca City, OK Drug Possession Attorneys
At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we know that the differences in state marijuana laws and the variety of products available can leave otherwise law-abiding people facing drug possession charges. To protect yourself against potentially harsh penalties, contact our Ponca City criminal defense attorneys and request a consultation today.