The winds of change are afoot in the Windy City, and that will soon mean less stress for pot smoking travelers to Chicago’s airports.
Illinois is set to become the latest state to lift prohibition on recreational marijuana use. And when the new law takes effect on New Year’s Day, domestic travelers passing through Chicago airports like O’Hare and Midway won’t be arrested if they’re caught with a little cannabis in their carry-on.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Transportation Security Administration officials said last week that they will defer to local police on the matter.
“Our officers are not looking for cannabis as they go through their normal security [check]. But should they come across it, we are going to contact the Chicago Police Department to make a final determination on the disposition,” TSA deputy federal security director Louis Traverz said, as quoted by the Sun-Times.
The State of Cannabis in the State of Illinois
Illinois lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. The measure was signed into law in June by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
The law will permit Illinois adults to buy weed at local dispensaries, and to