Passengers are reportedly carrying CBD in flights more than ever now! With increasing reports of flight travellers carrying cannabidiol for personal use through the Dallas/ For Worth International airport, officials express concern and declare that apart from the substance being seized, there is a possibility of arresting the user as well.
For someone who is planning to pass through the Dallas/Fort Worth airport with CBD in their pockets could be a real buzzkill now. An official worker at the airport says that the number of passengers being detained for carrying CBD oil (a substance derived from hemp plant) has skyrocketed in the last six months.
In addition to detaining the passengers carrying cannabidiol, officials say they will confiscate any CBD oil which has even the slightest amount of traces of THC, a chemical found in marijuana plants that is responsible for the “high” that users get while they smoke weed. THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid has psychoactive properties which can alter the state of the mind. It is known to cause seizures, anxiety, depression, pain and even permanent mental disorders if consumed for a longer period of time in high potency.
While CBD is legal in many parts of the world now, America being the latest to make an amendment in their list of Controlled Substance Act, THC is still banned due to its psychoactive properties. A federal law passed in December 2018 made CBD legal for users consumption making it easier for patients to get their hands on the drug for treating their ailments.
With many states joining the federal government on the law, others have withdrawn to give their complete support for the motion of this law. With no regulatory framework for the distribution and consumption of CBD, companies and retailers have been creating unregulated products after the bill.
The Food and Drug Administration is yet to set a proper framework which will allow companies to produce and sell CBD based edibles that are safe for consumers. Till then the beauty and lifestyle-based companies seem safe in the net with CBD infused lotions, creams, oils on the front shelves of the market.
Dallas Airports Rules Regarding CBD products
Though CBD is now being openly sold and purchased in the U.S., there is no exact way to determine the concentration of THC in the products. The existing methods determine even the slightest of THC which can pose a problem for users as the federal law allows a minimal 0.3% of THC in products. So, even if someone is carrying a CBD infused product which has 0.2% of THC, officials can seize and arrest the user in charges of “possession of illegal drugs”.
According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection director working with DFW, the airport police officials will now respond to cases wherein passenger’s CBD oil tests positive for THC and arrests had been made.
“One single, small amount of CBD oil that you thought was cool to take on a trip with you, could result in life-changing effects,” CBP Port Director Cleatus Hunt Jr. told KXAS.
Of the numerous arrests that were made at the Dallas airport, one was a 71-year-old woman who uses CBD oil for pain relief. She was booked on a felony drug possession charge with traces of THC present in her CBD oil, the outlet’s investigation discovered.
Lawmakers in Texas are currently working on the legality of the products containing CBD, as federal law is allowing these products with 0.3% of THC, while Texas allows for only CBD products with 0% of THC, KPRC reported.
Earlier this week, a bill that would make selling and purchasing of CBD products with low levels of THC legal was approved at the Texas House of Representatives. The state’s Senate will debate the bill in an upcoming meeting with other lawmakers.
Till then, passengers passing through DFW will be stopped, and possibly arrested if their CBD products contain any levels of THC. Amidst the confusion of whether to carry CBD products or not, Hunt advised for travellers not to take a risk as it is not worth it.