Chicago’s airports have added ‘cannabis amnesty boxes’ after the state of Illinois legalized recreational marijuana.
O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport both added the boxes for passengers to dispose of weed before flying after the state’s legalization came into effect on January 1.
It’s not illegal to possess cannabis in Illinois airports, and the Chicago police aren’t looking to identify travelers with cannabis, the Chicago Tribune reported.
However, marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and U.S. airspace is under federal jurisdiction — meaning that passengers who want to remain strictly within the law must dump their pot before flying.
Most major airlines have asked passengers not to fly with marijuana, citing federal law.
Starting New Year’s Day, people 21 and older in Illinois are able to legally buy up to 30 grams of marijuana flower, 5 grams of marijuana concentrate, or 500 grams of THC-infused products such as edibles at licensed commercial dealers throughout the state.
Illinois joins 10 other states and the District of Columbia where small amounts of the drug for adult use is legal. Medical marijuana in Illinois has been legal since 2014.
In June, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, signed into law marijuana legislation that also allows for some 700,000 marijuana-related records and convictions to be erased.
Not everyone approves of the legislation.
‘The message that… these foolish politicians are sending to our communities and especially to our young kids is that it’s no big deal,’ said Illinois Family Institute Executive Director David Smith, who opposes the measure.
‘We know that it’s a big deal from all of the studies that have been done about the high-potency marijuana that is today’s product… we are seeing a spike in marijuana illnesses and addictions,’ he said.
Private pot sales, driving while high and consuming marijuana in public will remain prohibited in state.
The law is projected to generate more than $57 million in new tax and fee revenue for Illinois in fiscal 2020, which begins on July 1 for the financially troubled state, according to Illinois´ revenue department.
Source: Mail Online