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Airports: Pot won’t fly in Colorado

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The passenger terminal at Pueblo Memorial Airport. Airports in Colorado are keeping bans in place on both recreational and medical marijuana.
CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/JOHN JAQUES The passenger terminal at Pueblo Memorial Airport. Airports in Colorado are keeping bans in place on both recreational and medical marijuana.

Airports in Colorado Springs and Denver — and by extension Pueblo — are keeping their bans on marijuana.

The ban applies to both recreational and medical marijuana.

Pueblo Memorial Airport has not issued an outright ban since state legalization of recreational pot took effect Jan. 1 but it is posting signs noting bans are in place at other airports, including Denver, aviation director Mark Lovin said.

The Pueblo airport’s only regular commercial flights within Colorado are to Denver.

DIA recently reaffirmed its ban.

“We have taken up a pretty strict rule right now, not because we want people to get in trouble but because we don’t want them to get in trouble wherever they are going,” DIA spokeswoman Stacey Stegman told The Denver Post.

The Colorado Springs Airport this week reaffirmed its ban and will put out an “amnesty box” where travelers can drop their pot stash. Possession of marijuana inside the airport is punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and jail time, airport executives said.

“We are enacting this rule in the best interests of public safety and in compliance with federal law,” Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach said.

Also, state Attorney General John Suthers advised that if airports did not prohibit pot, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency might step in and require action, Bach said.

Possession of recreational marijuana remains illegal under federal law and state laws other than in Colorado and Washington. Possession of medical marijuana is illegal under federal law and laws in 30 states.

Nationally, the San Francisco airport allows small amounts of medical marijuana if the holder has a medical marijuana card, The Denver Post reported.

McClatchy-Tribune contributed to this article.

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