May 28, 2019 2 min read

"Can I fly with CBD?" I am sure many of you have asked this very question but have not found a black and white answer. If you keep up with CBD news, you may have seen some disheartening stories recently of people being jailed for bringing a bottle of CBD with them as they travel. One story, out of Dallas, talked about a 71-year-old woman being jailed and charged with a felony after authorities discovered a bottle of tincture in her bag. You can read more of that story here

It seems, however, that over Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is finally joining the rest of us in 2019 with an updated policy to allow for hemp-derived CBD products on flights. Over the weekend, the TSA updated its policy on cannabis and changed the medical marijuana section if its "What Can I Bring?" webpage from No to Yes (With Special Instructions). Previously, TSA made no distinction between marijuana and hemp-derived products and their policy appeared on their website like this:

An infographic explaining the TSA's stance on medical marijuana in bags.

TSA has familiarized themselves with the language in the 2018 Farm Bill that federally legalized hemp and hemp derivatives, and that section has been updated to appear on their website like this, now: 

An infographic explaining TSA's stance on medical marijuana.

This is great news for anyone that was hesitant to bring their CBD along with them on vacation or as they travel for work. It seems like the tide is turning and many federal agencies are updating their policies to allow for hemp and hemp-derived products. 

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office released a memo stating that certain hemp products may qualify for registered trademarks. This is very different than their previous stance that any patent or trademark application received containing language about hemp or CBD would be immediately denied.

The FDA and the USDA are also in the process of updating their guidelines to allow for broader regulatory provisions for hemp and its derivatives with the FDA set to hold a public hearing on the issue this Friday. You can read more about that hearing here, and we will be sure to update you after the hearing takes place.