Stoners flying out of Colorado Springs now have the opportunity to discard any forgotten pocket weed before suffering the wrath of a security shakedown. According to a report in The Gazette, the Colorado Springs Airport began positioning “amnesty boxes” around the terminal on Wednesday, as a courtesy for travelers who may have overlooked the fact that they are about to walk into airport security with a fat stash of marijuana.
Recreational marijuana was made legal in Colorado by Amendment 64; however, the law gives property owners the right to prohibit "the possession, consumption, use, display, transfer, distribution, sale, transportation, or growing of marijuana on or in that property," Both Colorado Springs Airport and Denver International have banned marijuana from their premises for fear of violating federal law.
Airport officials in Colorado Springs say that while it is best if travelers can be conscious of their actions and leave their marijuana at home, those who inadvertently bring weed into the terminal can get rid of it before there are any issues with the law.
Colorado Springs police chief Pete Carey says that the Transportation Security Administration has been advised to contact law enforcement if marijuana is found during security screenings. Passengers caught trying to smuggle their personal stash aboard a plane could face jail time and fines up to $2,500.
Unfortunately, while passengers now have the chance to forfeit their weed before boarding a flight without facing any penalties, officials say they will never see their pot again. Marijuana collected in airport amnesty boxes will be destroyed, according to The Gazette.
Officials with the Eagle County Airport near Vail, Colorado say they too are considering incorporating the use of amnesty boxes in their terminal. Aviation director Greg Phillips says the boxes are secure and keep out the scavengers. “What we don’t want is them throwing it in the trash can,” said Phillips. “Then you have other people digging through the garbage.”
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.