Colorado Springs Airport Offers Pot Amnesty

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 10:47 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Colorado Springs Airport has installed “amnesty boxes” for pot smokers to toss marijuana before boarding a plane. While the state legalized recreational marijuana use on Jan. 1, possessing it in airports remains a crime.

Flyers who bring marijuana onto a plane face a $2,500 fine, more than 12 times the $200 price of an ounce of the Schedule I drug. Travelers are allowed to leave their pot in a parked car on airport property, USA Today reports.

Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana but a host of others, including Florida and California, are stepping up efforts to put marijuana measures on the ballot, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Washington State also passed a recreational marijuana use bill but it is still dealing with licensing and production hurdles before the drug is sold.

Marijuana has been found to aid in the treatment of a wide variety of maladies, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and people who suffer seizures.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia allow for medical marijuana use, including New Jersey, Arizona, Connecticut and Michigan, according to data gathered by the nonpartisan ProCon.org.

Coloradans can grow and smoke pot, but partakers may only do so on private property due to the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act, according to CNN.

The state levies a 25 percent tax on the sale pot, in addition to the 2.9 percent state sales tax. Some municipalities are adding their own taxes as well, "making recreational pot one of the most heavily taxed consumer products in Colorado,: CNN states.

State revenue is expected to be about $67 million a year, with $27.5 million ear-marked to build schools.

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