Las Vegas airport has installed dustbins outside the terminal building so passengers can get rid of their legal marijuana before taking their flight.
Tourists leaving Sin City can now dump their leftover legal drugs in metal containers set up at the McCarran International airport.
The ten green bins dubbed ‘amnesty boxes’ prevent federal transportation agents from finding pot on passengers during security screenings.
Tourists catching a flight out of Las Vegas can now dump their leftover legal marijuana in metal containers set up at the airport
The dustbins are bolted to the ground and designed so marijuana and prescription drugs can only be dropped in, not taken out
The drug is legal in Nevada but still banned by federal law under the U.S. government.
The containers were installed last week following a county ban on marijuana possession and advertising at the airport, aiming to keep it in compliance with federal law.
They are bolted to the ground and designed so marijuana and prescription drugs can only be dropped in, not taken out.
Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said: ‘The amnesty boxes are offered as a way to help people comply with this ordinance.’
In the summer of 2017 Nevada became the fifth state in the US to make selling recreational marijuana legal and fans of the drug came out in force
Transportation Security Administration agents normally hand over marijuana-related cases to local law enforcement.
THE LEGALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN LAS VEGAS
In the summer of 2017, Nevada became the fifth state in the US to make selling recreational marijuana legal.
Millions of tourists visiting Sin City are expected to make nearly two of every three purchases from marijuana retailers.
Some in the industry have said Vegas – which attracts more than 42 million tourists annually – will become the ‘mecca for marijuana’ overtaking the likes of Amsterdam in Holland as the world capital of cannabis.
Anyone aged 21 or over can now buy up to an ounce of pot at a time in Nevada – joining Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in changing the law.
Customers can only use the marijuana they buy in the privacy of their own home though, with a $600 fine still in place for those caught smoking pot in public or while driving a vehicle.
While anyone who is 21 with a valid ID can snap up an ounce of pot or one-eighth of an ounce of edibles or concentrates, they’ll have to bring cash.
Virtually no banks will take on accounts from marijuana companies, which means the industry is entirely cash-based.
Las Vegas police officer Aden Ocampo-Gomez said no citations have been issued stemming from the airport’s ban on marijuana possession and advertising, passed in September.
However, the boxes are something travellers may have seen before – at least two airports in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is also legal, offer amnesty boxes.
But they’re likely to be a bigger draw at the Las Vegas airport, which saw 48.5 million passengers last year.
Legal sales of recreational marijuana began in the state on July 1, and they have exceeded expectations.
That’s despite a ban on consuming it in public, including on the Las Vegas Strip and in hotels and casinos.
Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot and use it only in private homes.
The airport boxes display Clark County’s ordinance and are clearly marked, with a black, bold font stating: ‘Disposal for Prescription and Recreational Drugs.’ They contrast sharply with nearby trash cans.
A contractor, not police, will initially empty the boxes multiple times per week and then adjust the schedule as usage patterns develop.
Crews said the county aviation department plans to install 20 bins but could add more.
In addition to the boxes placed outside the airport on Friday, three were set up at the nearby car rental facility.
The remaining seven bins will be installed at smaller area airports and other department-owned properties.