After visiting Sin City, tourists flying home will now find assistance with disposing their legal marijuana. To keep travelers from getting in trouble with airport security, big green bins called “amnesty boxes,” have been setup outside certain Nevada airports so travelers can toss their unused marijuana before catching a flight.
Recreational marijuana sales have been legal in the state since last summer, but it isn’t legal to have at airports nor to transport out of state, reports CNN. So far, twenty amnesty boxes have been placed at McCarran and the car rental area, Henderson Executive Airport, and the North Las Vegas Airport.
The amnesty boxes are about the size of a mailbox, are bolted to the ground, monitored and are designed to keep what’s put inside them, inside them. In addition to marijuana, the bins can also be used to dispose unwanted/unused prescription drugs.
“We’ve had a variety of other things disposed of in the bins. For example, I was sent a picture of one of the bins containing pills, vape pens, rolled tobacco-looking products, prescription bottles and marijuana-infused drinks,” said McCarran airport public information administrator Christine Crews.
The bins were a necessity after Clark County, which owns and operates the airport, banned marijuana possession and marijuana advertising on airport property in the fall of 2017 to remain compliant with existing federal law.
Nevada’s recreational marijuana law permits adults 21 and older to use and possess up to one ounce of marijuana.
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