Can you travel with medical marijuana or CBD gummies? Airlines, cruise ships have rules

A Texas woman says she has been banned from Carnival cruises for life after trying to board a ship in Miami with CBD rubber tires. Carnival said it follows federal law and rubber tires are against its policy.

As the busy holiday travel season begins, take note: There are rules for cruising or flying with medical marijuana and CBD products, popular for their health benefits, including pain relief.

Here’s what you need to know:

Is CBD Legal in Florida? What about marijuana?

Marijuana plants grow in one of the many grow rooms at the Curaleaf Homestead grow facility.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an ingredient found in cannabis, but it does not cause a high by itself, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. THC is the substance that makes you feel high when you smoke marijuana or eat the edible.

Yes, people in Florida 18 and older can buy CBD products, including oils and topicals, from authorized sellers if the product has 0.3% or less THC and is extracted from the hemp plant. You must be at least 21 years old to purchase and use CBD inhalants and vapes.

In Florida, it is still illegal to use recreational marijuana, or weed, pot, dope, Mary Jane, ganja, or whatever you want to call it. Only medical marijuana is legal and you need to get medical marijuana to use it.

Can you take CBD and marijuana on cruises? What about medical marijuana?

The consensus among popular Miami-based cruise lines, as well as Disney Cruise Lines, is no, you cannot take CBD oil and products or marijuana, including medical marijuana, on your cruise. It is forbidden to.

Here’s what some popular cruise lines based in South Florida have to say:

Royal Caribbean Group: Marijuana, even in its medicinal form or for medicinal purposes, is prohibited on our ships, as are CBD oil and products.

Norwegian: Its policy states that all illegal narcotics and drugs, including recreational and medical marijuana, as well as any products containing CBD, oils, candies and gums or any product containing THC, are prohibited and will be confiscated.

carnival: All illegal narcotics, including synthetic, designer drugs, cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana are prohibited, according to cruise policy. Although certain CBD products used for medical purposes may be legal in the US, they are not legal in all the ports we visit and are therefore also considered prohibited items.

Mother of God: Illegal drugs, unprescribed controlled substances, medically prescribed marijuana or synthetic marijuana, and CBD products are prohibited

Disney Cruise Lines (now transferred to Fort Lauderdale): The policy states that illegal narcotics, including synthetic designer drugs and marijuana (even if they are legal where you live or medically prescribed) are prohibited on ships and on Disney’s Castaway Cay. Medical marijuana, as well as CBD products are prohibited. You may be denied boarding if found to be in possession of it and may also be subject to severe legal penalties.

Boveda employee Chad Davis grinds a 'Bubba Kush' strain of indica marijuana at his booth during the 6th Annual Cannabis Lab Conference and Expo at the Hyatt Regency Miami on Friday, June 3, 2022 in downtown Miami, Florida.

Boveda employee Chad Davis grinds Bubba Kush strain of indica marijuana at his booth during the 6th Annual Cannabis Lab Conference & Expo at the Hyatt Regency Miami on Friday, June 3, 2022 in downtown Miami, Florida.

Can you take CBD and marijuana on a plane? What about medical marijuana?

While some states, including Florida, have legalized medical marijuana and CBD, the substances are still illegal under federal law, according to the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA.

However, while marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some cannabidiol (CBD) oil, are still illegal under federal law, there is an exception for products that have less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis, the agency said.

Check your CBD product packaging for a QR code or website address on how to print a Certificate of Analysis, which will include information such as how much THC is in the product.

Also, note that while you can fly domestically with CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC, the TSA rule for liquids under 3 ounces, including oils, tinctures, and creams, still applies, according to Travel + Leisure. The travel site also notes that CBD vape pens can go through airport security if they are in your carry-on, but not in your checked bag. If you are flying abroad, check if the products are allowed at your destination.

Another thing to remember: Your ability to bring your CBD product onto the plane may depend on the TSA agent checking your bag.

TSA officers do not look for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if they find it on you or in your luggage during security screening, TSA officers will call the police, the agency said. Officials will then determine if your product meets the 0.3% or less rule and also decide what to do.

It’s all messy gambling. And it can be a headache that could cause you to be late for boarding. So, consider whether it’s best to leave your weed and CBD gummies at home when traveling by plane or cruise ship.

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