CBD oil is legal in Texas now, as long as it has less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana. Legal CBD oil is hemp-derived and should not result in any type of “high.” Though regulation of CBD products is still in process, the sales of CBD oils for various ailments have skyrocketed in Texas. If you use CBD oil on a regular basis, you likely think nothing of throwing it in your suitcase when you are about to travel. Is this legal, however?
Taking CBD Oil on an Airplane
If you are traveling by air, you likely want to have your CBD oil if you use it for anxiety. Previously, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enforced strict bans on any type of cannabis products, and legal CBD and other hemp products were no different. However, in line with changing laws across the United States, the TSA changed the policy to allow certain CBD oils as long as they have less than 0.3 percent THC. Since these are the lawful products in Texas, you should be able to fly with your legal CBD oil in either your carry-on or checked luggage without an issue.
Taking CBD Along for a Road Trip
If you are driving to another destination in Texas, you can take your CBD oil with you, as CBD-related laws apply statewide. However, things can get significantly more complicated when you are traveling interstate. Since the federal Farm Bill of 2018 made CBD with less than 0.3 percent THC legal across the United States, you do not have to worry about federal implications when you travel with CBD oil. State laws vary widely, however, and can cause problems when you drive across state lines with CBD.
CBD oil is currently legal in the neighboring states of Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico, though the laws in Oklahoma are not yet settled regarding non-medically approved CBD. If you travel further, you might encounter problems in states like Kansas, which only allows CBD products with 0.0 percent THC. This means your 0.3 percent THC products from Texas can get you into trouble. States like Tennessee require a state-specific medical exemption to possess any type of CBD oil, so you could get arrested for bringing your own oil into the state.
Overall, it is better to err on the safe side if you want to travel with CBD oil. Always familiarize yourself with the laws of the state to which you’re traveling - and every state in between if you are driving. You don’t want your travel to be disrupted by an arrest when you believed you were not doing anything wrong.
Discuss Your Case with Our Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers
While CBD and marijuana laws continue to change throughout the U.S., the criminal defense attorneys at Granger and Mueller PC in Austin helps people who have been arrested for drug-related charges. Call 512-474-9999 or contact us online to learn how we can help.