Thanks to the diligent efforts of Douglas
Lanphere, the LA airport police have issued a
policy statement recognizing the right of Prop.
215 patients to carry medicine on board. The
policy applies specifically to patients with
state ID cards, as follows:
>It is the policy of the Los Angeles Airport
>Police Division to ensure that individuals in
>possession of verified Medical Marijuana
>Identification Cards, pursuant to Section
>11362.71 H&S, shall not be detained longer than
>necessary to verify the information on the
>Identification Card nor shall their prescribed
>quantity of marijuana be confiscated.
The document is silent about patients lacking
state ID cards. This is one more good reason for
patients to insist that their county supervisors
implement the state ID program ASAP.
In addition to LAX, the LA Airport police cover
the Ontario, Van Nuys, & Palmdale airports. Note
that the airport police have jurisdiction over
who does or does not get arrested at the airport
- federal TSA agents lack police authority, they
must turn passengers over to the local police.
Kudos to Doug Lanphere for having pursued this issue.
Doug reports that the Oakland police have a similar policy.
Copies of the LA airport police policy are
available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
- D. Gieringer, Cal NORML