Pot smokers departing Colorado Springs' airport who need to ditch their stash before boarding now can deposit the goods in an "amnesty box" set up by airport authorities on Jan. 15, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Pot smokers are banned from carrying weed on board, based on federal aviation regulations that say it's illegal to operate a civil aircraft if there's known marijuana onboard.
Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use on Jan. 1, but federal regulations ban it at airports and on planes.
If found during TSA screenings, the agents will call the cops. Pot smokers caught trying to conceal the cannabis before flying are subject to a $2,500 fine or jail time.
Colorado Springs airport officials don't want pot smokers to dump the stash in the trash. "Then you have other people digging through the garbage," according to news reports.
Denver's airport has a zero-tolerance pot policy. For now, users have to hand it over at the airport or light up before entering.
— Gay Nagle Myers