Last updated: 10:04 AM ET, Mon July 13 2015

Flying High: Portland Airport Allows Marijuana on In-State Flights

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | July 13, 2015

Flying High: Portland Airport Allows Marijuana on In-State Flights

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For those traveling on an airplane within Oregon, carrying marijuana on board won’t be an issue any longer as Portland International Airport has made a major change to its drug policy.

According to, the state legalized recreational usage of marijuana on July 1, and Portland airport has put up signs stating the facility’s stance on carrying the controlled substance aboard in-state flights.

In order to carry marijuana on a flight within Oregon, it has to be equal to or under the amount that is legal to carry in public under the new laws, and passengers must be taking a flight to another airport within the state.

Travelers are permitted to carry up to one ounce of marijuana, but it is still illegal to smoke it in public.

The process of getting the marijuana onboard won’t be easy, though, as the Transportation Security Administration will still contact Portland Port Police when finding a passenger carrying the substance.

Once the port police determine that the passenger is 21 years old or older, is carrying the legal limit and flying to another airport within Oregon, they will be permitted to board their flights with the marijuana.

On the other hand, passengers who are found to have marijuana on them at the Portland airport and are attempting to travel out of state will be asked to get rid of the controlled substance before they are permitted on their flight.

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