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You can now bring weed to the LAX airport, but will you make it on the plane?

Posted at 5:53 PM, Sep 28, 2018

You can now bring weed to one of the busiest airports in the country.

Los Angeles International Airportchanged it’s policy, allowing travelers 21 or older to stroll onto their flights carrying cannabis.

It’s an idea that had local travelers shocked.

“I can’t take certain cosmetics of a certain size on an airplane… drugs? That’s insane!” said Deborah Sampson, a Nipomo resident.

“If it’s a medical concern, everyone brings their prescriptions on, that’s fine,” said Rebecca Lilley, a San Luis Obispo Resident.

There are limits. Passengers won’t be allowed to toke one up on the flight or in any public place. Any more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated marijuana is not allowed.

Some local travelers say any amount is too much.

“I’m allergic to cannabis, so when someone has it on their person, like they just smoked it or have it in their bag, I react to it. It makes me sick,” Sampson said.

While Los Angeles police may give it the green light, don’t expect to sail through TSA with weed.

Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in part: “TSA’S response to the discovery of marijuana is the same in every state and at every airport – regardless of whether marijuana has been or is going to be legalized.”

That means if a TSA officer discovers an item that may violate the law, they’ll call law enforcement who will then decide if it’s a crime.

Some worry that will slow down the security process.

“Needing to possibly have a whole other line for those who have a substance that isn’t legally allowed in other states could get really complicated,” Lilley said.

LAX’s policy also states the weed in your bag may be illegal wherever you land.

Officials with the Santa Maria Airport say they don’t have specific regulations on marijuana, but they discourage it. If TSA finds drugs they’ll call the police and it will slow down the already stressful process of getting through security.