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High Times: New York Airports to Stop Cannabis Searches

Travellers passing through New York airports are likely to be allowed up to 3 gm of cannabis per person, and authorities will no longer conduct searches for marijuana – or confiscate it!  This is according to the Times Union report published on 21 July 2021 which said Transportation Administration officials were no longer searching travelers or their luggage for cannabis.

Former New York State Police Colonel Bart Johnson told the Times Union, “We don’t seize it. We just look for threats — explosives, knives, guns; we don’t look for illegally possessed narcotics.”

 

The newspaper quoted Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple saying that airport secuirity will no longer issue tickets or make arrests for possession of three ounces of cannabis or less, per New York State law. Not only do the deputies not issue tickets or make arrests, they do not confiscate the marijuana either.

The Albany Times reports that similar experiences have been shared about travel in states like California and Colorado. With the legalization of recreational marijuana, it’s likely there will be fewer regulations and less enforcement when it comes to cannabis possession.

In the years to come, New Yorkers will be able to walk into a store, purchase their favourite cannabis products and be able to take their strain on a plane. Remember though, it’s always best to check ahead what the latest regulations are relating cannabis.

 

Several new doors are being opened in New York State due to the legalization of recreational marijuana. You can now take your stash with you when you travel on an airplane.

 

The Albany Times Union reports that Transportation Security Administration officials will no longer be looking for marijuana when searching individual passengers or their luggage. The Times Union spoke with a former New York State Police Colonel by the name of Bart Johnson about the discovery of marijuana in the luggage of New York travelers. Johnson told the Times Union, “We don’t seize it. We just look for threats — explosives, knives, guns; we don’t look for illegally possessed narcotics.”The author of the Times Union article also spoke with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple about deputies who are called on to respond to TSA checkpoint lines during searches. Apple tells the Times Union that they no longer issue tickets or make arrests for possession of three ounces of pot or less, per New York State law. Not only do the deputies not issue tickets or make arrests, they do not confiscate the marijuana either.

 

Make sure your local airport allows it!

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