Colorado Springs Airport Offers Pot Amnesty

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 10:47 AM

By Melissa Clyne

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ferguson Prosecutor: Some Witnesses Were 'Not Telling the Truth'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:48 PM

Some witnesses who appeared before the grand jury investigating the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown were " . . .

Judge Dismisses Suit on Oklahoma Execution Access

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:40 PM

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Ok . . .

GOP Lawmakers Write Obama on Power Plant Pollution Regulations

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:06 PM

Ninety-six Republican lawmakers have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to drop the Environmental Protection  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved