Recreational marijuana is legal in Illinois but can you carry it in your luggage while traveling through an airport in our state?

Can You Travel With Cannabis In Your Luggage Through An Illinois Airport?

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Illinois since January 1st, 2020. It has been a very successful move. This law change was on the state level only. Federally, it's still illegal. That means there are some differences of opinion on weed here.

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One of the main places in question is the airports in Illinois. Though they are located in our state, those buildings are under the jurisdiction of the federal government so there are some major differences in laws.

O'Hare (Security agent patting down a male passenger)
Illinois Airport Security (EvgeniyShkolenko)

So the question is, since cannabis is legal in Illinois can you travel through our state's airports with it in your luggage? The answer is no. You can get busted and arrested if you bring weed on an airplane but there are a couple of important things to know.

Unless you're being a total idiot, the TSA officials in Illinois airports aren't looking for weed. Their job is to keep everyone safe, so they're looking for weapons, not pot. If they do find cannabis, the officers are instructed to call the local police to have you arrested.

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If you're going to take a chance, just make sure to be smart about it. The last thing you need is to go to jail for it. Your best bet is to just leave your ganja at home. That way you don't ruin your vacation by getting arrested for weed at the airport.

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