This airport is allowing marijuana in carry-ons
LOS Angeles International Airport (LAX) has announced that its travelers are allowed to bring legal marijuana through security in their carry-on bags.
Yes, this means you can basically fly with your stash of cannabis, grass, pot, Mary Jane, weed – whatever you want to call it.
But there is a catch.
“While federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal airspace,) California’s passage of Proposition 64, effective Jan 1, 2018, allows for individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal consumption,” LAX wrote on its website.
“In accordance with Proposition 64, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and eight grams of concentrated marijuana.”
However, while marijuana is legal in several US states such as Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and of course, California, you will still need to exercise due diligence by doing extensive research before packing weed into your carry-on.
The use and possession of pot is legal in several US states, but not on the federal level, so you still need to study up before packing your bags on your way out of Los Angeles.
For example, if you are traveling between two destinations where marijuana is legal, such as California and Alaska, you would probably not get busted.
But if your flight is going from LAX to somewhere in Asia where it is not legal, then you are subject to local laws.
In Asia, there are varying penalties (some more severe than others) related to marijuana use.
Indonesia: Cannabis was banned in 1927. If caught in possession, you could be handed a minimum sentence of four years in prison (additional fines may apply).
Malaysia: Malaysian legislation provides for a mandatory death penalty for convicted drug traffickers. Individuals arrested in possession of 200 grams of marijuana are presumed by law to be trafficking in drugs.
Japan: The use and possession of pot are punishable by up to half a decade imprisonment and a fine. Cultivation, sale, and transport are punishable by up to seven years or a decade imprisonment and a fine.
China: In 1985, China identified marijuana as a dangerous narcotic drug and illegal to possess or use. According to the Law on Public Security Administration Punishments, marijuana smokers shall be detained for 10 to 15 days and fined a maximum of CNY2,000 (US$291.17).
Brunei: Marijuana is illegal and trafficking can be punished with the death penalty. Under Brunei law, possession of over 600 grams of pot is punishable by death. In 2004, a Malaysian national was executed for possessing a 922-gram slab of marijuana.
Singapore: Cannabis is a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act, making it illegal to cultivate, sell or possess. Those who are caught with 500 grams of cannabis or more, are presumed as drug traffickers and are punished with a possible death penalty.
Meanwhile, Malaysia is entering the race to become the first in Asia to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.
Malaysian Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Xavier Jayakumar told Bloomberg that the government had talked “very briefly” on the matter recently, citing examples of marijuana legislation in western countries.
And Malaysia is not the only one. Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization, a unit of its Ministry of Public Health, is also trying to persuade its military government to approve a study of the drug so it can market it for medical use.