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Amnesty box at airport not getting much use

COLORADO SPRINGS -  When recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in January, the Colorado Springs Airport installed amnesty boxes for travelers to ditch their cannabis. News5 discovered the boxes aren't getting much use.

Not a lot of pot has been found in the box. Colorado Springs Police Lieutenant Catherine Buckley, thinks it's because people know better than to bring it to the airport.

"But in case they do make it to that point, and they realize that they still have it on them, that box is there for those very reasons," she said.

The police department recommends that you leave your marijuana at home, in the car, or with a friend before you fly. Buckley says most people must be doing that.

"Because we don't have any licensed retail shops within city limits for recreational marijuana, I think that the community is pretty educated on it and they know to leave it at home," Buckley said.

The box is emptied by police each month. The number of grams collected has been on the decline in the past few months. Only 9.4 grams was left in the amnesty box in November, which is a very busy travel month.

"That is retrieved by the police department, and it is placed into property," she said. "It's eventually destroyed and gotten rid of. It's not something that we hold or maintain for people."

Leaf marijuana, edibles, and even infused gummies have been left in the box. Since the box was installed in January, police have collected only a little over half a pound of marijuana products.

Even though pot is legal here in Colorado, it's not legal to have in the air since airspace is controlled by the federal government.

"We don't want to have to have people deal with the consequences of taking it though security," Buckley said.

Denver International Airport has not installed amnesty boxes. Officers will ask you to get rid of it if you try to take it through security.

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