Let’s say that a tourist flies into Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and decides they want to explore the new recreational marijuana market. They could go to any number of dispensaries like Medizin, MMJ America or The+Source and end up with more cannabis than they could ever possibly consume in a weekend. Flying with marijuana is a no go since it is illegal federally and crossing state lines with cannabis would be breaking the law. So, marijuana disposal receptacles are being installed around all the airports surrounding sin city.
Last October the airports banned any marijuana on their properties to make it simple for everyone. With these marijuana disposal receptacles people will not have to panic that they forgot to get rid of their weed before leaving for the airport, which is apparently a problem.
The first 13 of a planned 20 marijuana amnesty drop boxes were installed Friday, with 10 bins outside of McCarran and three outside of the McCarran Rent-a-Car Center on Gilespie Street near Warm Springs Road.
Bolted to the ground and only accessible to drop items in, the bins are in high-traffic areas, monitored regularly and serviced multiple times a week.
“The drawer pulls out; you drop your stuff in and you close it. You can’t really get your hand in there,” said Christine Crews, McCarran spokesperson said. “If you start tampering with them, you’d be detected pretty quickly.”
The bins are in response to changing guidelines surrounding weed on airport grounds.
The remaining seven marijuana amnesty boxes will be placed over the next several months at Henderson Executive Airport, North Las Vegas Airport and among other areas of McCarran where private companies operate.
Recreational marijuana sales began in July of 2017 and has become a major attraction for Las Vegas. Have you ever forgotten that you had marijuana on your person on the way to the airport and had a moment of panic?