Jan 8, 2014 5:13 PM by Maddie Garrett
The Colorado Springs Airport announced Wednesday afternoon that marijuana will be prohibited at the airport. The rule goes into effect on Friday, January 10, 2014.
Airport leaders explained that TSA added marijuana to its prohibited list in December, and now the Airport has adopted a new rule banning pot on certain portions of airport property. While marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, it's illegal under federal law and therefore cannot be taken outside of the state.
It is also against Federal Law and Federal Aviation Regulations for anyone to operate a civil aircraft with knowledge that marijuana is carried on the aircraft.
The ban covers boarding areas and the passenger terminal facility, overhangs and general aviation area, also known as the Air Operations Area. Passengers can leave marijuana in their vehicles at the airport, but Airport leaders are encouraging people to leave their marijuana at home while visiting the Colorado Springs Airport.
Given the recent legalization of marijuana and "pot tourism" the airport will be putting up signs around the airport and making public announcement to let visitors know about the rule.
Colorado Springs Police and TSA will be enforcing the ban, and Police Chief Peter Carey said they will work with people to dispose of the marijuana rather than issue tickets right away.
If TSA finds marijuana in checked baggage, carry-on baggage or in your possession, they will contact Colorado Springs Police to handle the situation. The airport will have amnesty boxes on the property where people can dispose of the marijuana before entering the passenger terminal facility. However, if someone doesn't follow the rules, they can get a ticket and face fines.
The ban also applies to medical marijuana and those who have a state-issued red card. TSA makes no distinction between medical and recreational marijuana, both are prohibited and against Federal Law.