Even though more than ten states now allow the sale of recreational marijuana, it's still considered a controlled substance by the feds, so you can't fly with it. Colorado Springs and Aspen airports both have amnesty boxes where travelers can dispose of cannabis they can't take out of Colorado. But not Denver International Airport.
“Most people coming into DIA know about Colorado and federal law,” says Emily Williams, spokesperson for the airport. “The vast majority of travelers are simply not bringing it into the airport; therefore, we just don’t see the need for amnesty boxes.”
Still, airport employees report finding plenty of marijuana that's been tossed. And they're not the only ones. Says Dave:
If you want a lot of weed, run a Denver AirBnB. People leave behind what they don't use regularly.
I read an article a couple years ago about rental car return agents finding it often, for the same reason.
I used to be a limo driver, and people left weed with me every day. I don’t smoke. My roommates loved it, though.
Heard the trash can at the “Leaving Colorful Colorado “ sign is a common drop point, too.
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If you forget to dispose of your marijuana, will you be stopped by security? “The purpose of the TSA isn’t to look for marijuana, but to protect the plane,” Williams responds. “But it’s still not permissible to have marijuana in the airport or on the plane, so if it’s found, they have to follow the law and take it away.”
How hard does TSA look? That's a matter of debate, too. What have you encountered at DIA? Other airports? Post a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.