Despite Ban, No Marijuana Seized at Denver Airport
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Despite Ban, No Marijuana Seized at Denver Airport
Posted by CN Staff on May 22, 2014 at 16:02:19 PT
By Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Signs posted around Denver International Airport warn passengers of stiff fines if they are caught with marijuana. So far, though, Denver police have not cited anyone for possession and have not confiscated any marijuana products since airport officials banned pot in January.Ten people have been stopped trying to take marijuana through TSA security checkpoints, airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said Thursday. They all cooperated when police asked them to dispose of their pot.
"To have contact with 10 people of out millions passing through, it tells me most people are abiding by the rules and this is not a major issue," Montgomery said.In December, the airport became the first city facility to prohibit marijuana possession on its property. The new policy included a maximum fine of $999 for violators.Airport officials imposed the ban because the drug remains illegal under federal laws and the federal government regulates the aviation industry."Rather than weave through a web of difficult issues we decided to make it illegal on airport property," said Julie Smith , an airport spokeswoman.Some worried Colorado visitors would try to take home green, leafy souvenirs, and airport officials didn't want to be a part of marijuana crossing state lines.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Noelle Phillips, The Denver PostPublished: May 22, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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