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Amnesty for high flyers at Colorado Springs airport

News that should make Miley Cyrus happy

You reach airport security. You’ve removed your laptop from its case and put your liquids in a clear sandwich bag. But, darn it, you’ve forgotten to empty your pockets of marijuana. Anywhere else this would be a problem. But not in Colorado Springs, USA.


While recreational pot is legal in the state of Colorado, federal regulations mean that you cannot bring it inside the air operations area of an airport.


Understanding that travellers may simply have gotten used to carrying the odd bit of pot in their back pocket, the airport at Colorado Springs is encouraging travellers to dispose of the their marijuana into amnesty boxes, the LA Times reported.


But be warned, if you are caught with marijuana in your bag or on your person by security, normal airport procedure will be followed (Border Security cameo anyone?).


A spokesperson from the airport advised that the amnesty boxes will be monitored 24/7 and their content collected and destroyed by police (who hopefully don’t burn the stuff near the pilots’ lounge – that would give ‘flying high’ a whole new meaning).

Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 21 January 2014

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