Flying with pot OK if you stay in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A lot of changes have happened since recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon on July 1st. One of those changes is still raising eyebrows.

At Portland's Airport, you can now legally board a plane with up to an ounce of marijuana. The caveat is, the flight has to be an "in-state" flight.

TSA agents say they are not focused on finding marijuana, their job is to spot safety and security issues. So, if you have up to an ounce of marijuana with you while going through a security checkpoint, agents will check your ticket. They'll want to make sure your destination city is either North Bend, Redmond, Eugene, Pendleton or Medford.

"Traveling across state lines is still a federal crime," said Steve Johnson, with the Port of Portland. "However, if someone is flying within the state to another destination in the state, traveling with recreational marijuana is allowable if they meet all the legal requirements."

Those requirements mirror state law in Oregon: You must be 21 years old or older, and cannot possess more than an ounce of marijuana in public.

If your ticket has a destination that is outside of Oregon and you are traveling with marijuana, you will be given the option to either leave the security area and store the marijuana in a safe place (car), give it to someone not traveling who is over the age of 21, or surrender it to law enforcement, who will destroy it.

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