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State Department Warns Travelers About Flying With Cannabis Oil Internationally

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The U.S. State Department is warning international holiday travelers that while hemp-derived CBD might be legal in the U.S., it can land you in trouble if you take it certain places abroad.

“Make sure your gift isn’t a fa la la la la la la la la fail,” the department said in a tweet on Thursday. “Bringing along gifts like drones, CBD oils, and firearms can land you in trouble in foreign countries. Research what is and isn’t allowed before you travel.”

A video attached to the post shows a person packing a suitcase with holiday sweaters, a camera and a touchscreen device—but notably, no hemp-derived CBD oil, which was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.

While there are cannabis reform efforts underway in a number of countries outside the U.S.—including Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago—there are many nations that continue to prohibit the plant and its extracts.

Domestically, however, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) clarified in May that airline passengers are allowed to travel with CBD derived from hemp. TSA has also said it doesn’t allocate resources to search for illicit drugs but, if discovered, its agents matters to local law enforcement.

On a similar note, the U.S. Postal Service also released a post-Farm Bill update in June, stipulating that hemp products, including CBD, are now mailable within the country.

This piece was first published by Forbes.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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