Travelers Threw Away Over 37 Pounds of Weed at This Colorado Airport

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The
times
sure
are
changing
when
it
comes
to
cannabis
normalization.
And
for
proof,
look
no
further
than
the
Colorado
Springs
Airport,
which
recently
announced
it
received
over
37
pounds
of
weed
since
it
started
implementing
amnesty
boxes
back
in
2014.

Amnesty
boxes
first
rolled
out
at
both
Denver
International
Airport
(DIA)
and
Colorado
Springs
Airport
shortly
after
the
state
launched
legal
recreational
marijuana
sales
in
January
2014.
To
prevent
flyers
from
taking
state-legal
weed
products
on
board
a
flight
(and
potentially
transporting
said
weed
to
a
prohibitionist
state),
airport
officials
installed
these
amnesty
boxes
as
a
courtesy.
The
idea
was
if
people
deposited
their
weed
into
the
box
before
passing
through
the
TSA
checkpoints,
it
would
expedite
the
security-check
process,
as
well
as
avoid
any


potential
mix-ups

with
TSA
agents
and
law
enforcement.

According
to
police
records
obtained
by



Gizmodo
,
Colorado
Springs
Airport’s
amnesty
boxes
received
37.48
pounds,
or
17,003
grams,
of
weed
products
since
2014.
The
records
don’t
distinguish
what
kinds
of
products
were
donated,
or
even
what
the
THC
contents
of
those
products
were. 

Colorado
Springs’
police
policy
is
to
destroy
all
weed
products
deposited
into
the
amnesty
boxes.
Which
is
a
shame,
considering
those
products
could
be
donated
to
registered
medical
cannabis
patients.
Instead,
all
of
the
energy,
resources,
and
time
that
went
into
growing,
processing,
packaging,
and
distributing
those
products
go
to
waste. 

Meanwhile,
two
Illinois
airports



O’Hare
and
Midway


recently
installed
amnesty
boxes
after
beginning
recreational
weed
sales
on
January
1
of
this
year.
Additionally,
officials
at
the
General
Wayne
A.
Downing
Peoria
International
Airport
near
Peoria,
Illinois
voted
late
last
year
to
let
passengers


board
planes
with
weed

in
their
luggage.
According
to
the
TSA,
security
agents


aren’t
actively
looking

for
small
amounts
of
weed
for
personal
use,
but
that
doesn’t
protect
passengers
who
are


caught
with
cannabis

in
cities,
states,
or
countries
still
under
pot
prohibition.

We’ll
likely
see
more
amnesty
boxes
pop
up
in
places
with
legal
weed,
but
hopefully
policies
will
soon
change
so
that
the
deposited
weed
products
are
put
to
good
use.


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