Weed can fly out of Colorado Springs Airport
It turns out marijuana can fly. At least from the Colorado Springs Airport.
If you're at least 21 and aren't carrying any more than an ounce of weed, you're all set to board your flight at the Colorado Springs Airport, according to its assistant aviation director.
But that may not always be the case.
The Colorado Springs Airport may be following in the steps of DIA and its recent pot ban.
"If we're presented in a scenario where someone has pot and it's within legal limits TSA will refer it to us to take action. If we're going to take no action, they're not going to require the passenger to the marijuana in the trash,” said John McGinley, Assistant Aviation Director at Colorado Springs Airport.
They make you take off your shoes and throw away your water.
But, less than an ounce of weed? That should pass through security in Colorado Springs.
"We talked to TSA about that issue. If they find it in someone's possession, they refer it to our law enforcement. If our law enforcement says it's within the legal limit, they're going to take no action. In that case, TSA is not on their own going to require to throw the marijuana in the trash."
It's now legal in Colorado, but still illegal under federal law.
It’s a contradiction that's now arriving, on time, in Colorado airports.
"If you look at the TSA no fly list marijuana is one of the items that's listed. I think due to the special nature of what's happening in Colorado they have not changed that. If you want specifics on the TSA no fly list, that's a good question for them," said McGinley.
We asked TSA about it. In a statement a spokesperson said, "TSA's screening procedures are focused on security,” and, “if an officer discovers an item that may violate the law, TSA refers the matter to law enforcement,” adding that, “there has been no change to this policy or how it is implemented in the field."
But unlike Denver, the Colorado Springs Airport has no marijuana ban, at least for now.
"If they get on an aircraft and fly to a destination where it's illegal, that's going to be a problem for them. So what role do we have in that issue? Should we put a ban in place to protect those issues from happening? Laws have changed. Whether it's going to cause confusion has yet to be seen. We'll have to see how it plays out as we go forward," explained McGinley.
But it seems like things are already confusing.
A TSA agent we spoke with earlier this week didn't know that marijuana was on the prohibited items list.
Furthermore, in Denver airport officials haven't figured out what they will do with any pot that's discovered on the property.
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