Monday, February 26, 2018

What You Smoke in Vegas Stays in Vegas

What happens in Vegas really can stay in Vegas. Tourists catching a flight out of Sin City can now dump their leftover legal marijuana in metal containers set up at the airport. The 10 green bins dubbed "amnesty boxes" prevent federal transportation agents from finding pot on passengers during security screenings. The drug is legal in Nevada but still banned by the U.S. government. The containers were installed last week following a county ban on marijuana possession and advertising at McCarran International 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.


"The amnesty boxes are offered as a way to help people comply with this ordinance," airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said in an email.

Transportation Security Administration agents normally hand over marijuana-related cases to local law enforcement. 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.

The boxes are something travelers 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 the Las Vegas Strip, 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.


In the News:

SoCal Sociology Assist-Prof arrested after attempting to install personally owned "amnesty boxes" at LAX.

Video at 11.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-24 08:18 PM

TSA is looking for weapons and bombs. Unless you're leaving it out in plain sight, chances are you can carry a little bit of pot on an airplane without getting busted.

I bet if you just don't wreak of it or pull it out, no one's gonna know. They're law enforcement officers, but they still have discretion to decide priority of enforcement.

DISCLAIMER: The information above is not intended to be interpreted nor used as legal advice.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-24 08:28 PM

What happens when the bins eventually become full? Unbolted from the ground and new ones installed?

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-24 08:41 PM

TSA is looking for weapons and bombs. Unless you're leaving it out in plain sight, chances are you can carry a little bit of pot on an airplane without getting busted.

Nine times out of 10 you would be correct. But the 10th time you're going to come across Barney Fife ...

#4 | Posted by GeorgeJefferson at 2018-02-26 01:42 PM

This is a "nice "gesture, I suppose. But I'd play it safe and dispose of that stuff well before I got to the airport.

#5 | Posted by GeorgeJefferson at 2018-02-26 01:43 PM

I heard Ben Carson got rid of his by smoking it all up. Waste not want not!

That's what people are saying...

Unfortunately, he is still wandering around looking for his luggage.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-26 01:51 PM

It's pretty easy to get a vape pen through checked luggage.

#7 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-02-26 02:05 PM

So who gets all the donated pot? That's what I'd like to know.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-26 02:07 PM

It's pretty easy to get a vape pen through checked luggage.

Better have the battery in your carry on. Those are not supposed to be checked at all. Big no no.

#9 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-26 02:12 PM

According to TSA (dry) batteries are ok in checked bags or carry on. Unless they are lithium. Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags. Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours may be allowed in carry-on bags with airline approval, but are limited to two spare batteries per passenger.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-26 03:41 PM

The safest way to bring your MJ is edibles.

I suggest you Do not eat them on the plane! It is a miserable place to get too high.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-26 03:45 PM

Vapes got some bad news this week about lead content. Edibles are looking better.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-26 03:54 PM

#8 I was wondering the same thing.... I assuming someone working an incinerator is truly loving their job (possible has a very profitable side job also ;) ;) )?????

#13 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2018-02-26 03:56 PM


I've done it several times. Maybe I've just been lucky.

#14 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-02-26 05:25 PM

If y'all look at the history of Marijuana laws by the federal government, the American Information Institute is prominent. Who were they? Mostly the Seagram's Company. You know people are getting tied of this stupid law, if legalization came to a vote in Texas as a plebiscite, It would pass hands down. Yep, even in conservative Texas.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-27 05:20 PM

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