Truthful to its promise that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, tourists with left-over legal marijuana can now dump their remaining stash in metal containers set up at the airport before boarding their flights.
Dubbed as the “amnesty boxes”, the 10 green bins prevent federal transportation agents from finding pots on passengers during security screenings. Pot is legal in Nevada but still banned by the U.S. government.
The “amnesty boxes” were only installed last week following a county ban on marijuana possession and advertising at McCarran International Airport. It is in keeping with federal law.
The containers are also bolted to the ground and designed in such a way that marijuana and prescription drugs can only be dropped in, but people can not take out anything from the bins.
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At least two other airports in Colorado also offer the same amnesty boxes. Recreational marijuana is also legal in Colorado. The amnesty boxes are expected to get a bigger draw at the LAs Vegas airport which received an impressive 48.5 million passengers last year.
Legal sales of recreational marijuana only started in the state on July 1 last year, and the sales have far exceeded expectations. This despite a ban on consuming pot in public places, including the Las Vegas Strip, hotels and casinos. Those 21 and up with a valid ID are allowed to buy up to an ounce of pot and use it only in private homes.
A contractor, and not the police, will initially empty the boxes at several times per week and then adjust the schedule depending on usage patterns that will be developed. It was not clarified, however, what will happen to the discarded left-over pot- and how the contractor will dispose such.
Already in the works is installation of at least 20 more amnesty boxes at the airport.