How do I fly to Mexico with weed cartridges?

How do I fly to Mexico with weed cartridges?

How to Fly to Mexico with Weed Cartridges: Considerations and Cautions

Being a frequent traveler and a cannabis consumer is not the simplest of combinations, primarily due to the complex and continuously evolving legal landscape. Among the many queries is a common one: ‘How do I fly to Mexico with weed cartridges?’ Let’s navigate this tricky terrain to provide some clarity.

Understanding the Law

Flying with cannabis products, including cartridges, is inevitably fraught with legal complications. As of writing, cannabis for recreational purposes is still illegal in Mexico, the country’s Supreme Court ruling of 2018 notwithstanding.

As for the U.S., federal law considers marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance, thus illegal from a federal perspective, regardless of varying state laws. This means that authorities can enforce the federal law in ‘federal territory,’ which includes airspace and airports. Transporting cannabis across state lines, let alone national boundaries is a federal offense.

Moving Through Airports

When it comes to airports, each one has its marijuana policy. For instance, at Los Angeles International Airport, local police allow passengers to travel with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and eight grams of concentrated marijuana. However, this does not mean that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers will permit it; they must follow federal law.

In comparison, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has measures to prevent people from even bringing marijuana to the facility, with ‘amnesty boxes’ installed where travelers can legally dispose of their products before their flight.

Airlines’ Standpoint

Airlines, regardless of origin and destination, function under federal law, which still deems marijuana transport illegal. Airlines may have differing individual policies, but they should be viewed cautiously as they do not override federal law.

Potential Consequences

Even if marijuana gets through TSA, it must pass through Mexican customs. With recreational marijuana currently illegal in Mexico, detectors can, and in many cases, lead to legal repercussions.

Moreover, penalties for drug offenses in Mexico can be significantly severe than in the U.S., including lengthy jail sentences in facilities that can be very unlike what Americans are accustomed.


In light of the information shared, it is pretty clear that flying to Mexico with weed cartridges carries considerable risk. Although global attitudes towards cannabis use are changing rapidly, laws have yet to catch up in many regions, including Mexico and the U.S. Federal territory. Given this, a prudent approach would be to abstain from attempting to fly with cannabis across borders until the laws unequivocally permit it.

Meanwhile, for consumers who need their cannabis for medicinal purposes, a viable option would be to check for legal medicinal alternatives in the destination country that won’t involve endangering their legal status.


Loretto Law Firm, DEA, Los Angeles Times, Cannabis Training University, U.S. Department of State

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