DENVER — Keeping marijuana in the city of Denver is one thing, but anyone taking it to the airport could be looking at stiff penalties.
Denver International Airport officials are pushing to ban marijuana from the airport altogether to avoid any confusion over where it can be used or who has the right to carry it.
The public will have a chance to voice their opinion on all of this in a meeting that is scheduled for Wednesday at noon. It is scheduled to be held at the airport conference room in the northwest part of the terminal near ticketing.
As of Wednesday morning, marijuana falls under the overall drug policy at DIA. In other words, it’s on the list of things the Transportation Security Administration says you can’t carry through security. And no, there is no exception for medical marijuana, because it remains illegal under federal law.
New rules would get even more specific, saying passengers can’t use or possess pot anywhere on DIA’s property.
What’s the reason for the proposed ban?
Airlines and federal agencies are reportedly concerned that everyone – airport staff included – may not be on the same page regarding marijuana, since there are different laws in effect right now depending on where you are.
The airport is also saying a complete ban on marijuana at DIA could stand to reason, considering that once you leave the airport for an out-of-state destination, you’ll face serious penalties if you’re caught transporting marijuana across state lines.