Federal officials say they are in uncharted territory after agents with the Transportation Security Administration found 36 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in a traveler’s luggage at the Aspen airport.
The TSA turned the case over to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, which declined to pursue charges against the person because the person was doing nothing wrong under Colorado marijuana laws.
Sheriff’s spokesman Brad Gibson says once passengers get into the security line and onto a plane, they are covered by federal law which bans marijuana.
Colorado Springs Airport recently banned marijuana on its premises, citing the federal law, but airport officials added “amnesty boxes” into which passengers can dump pot before entering the building without a chance of running afoul of federal law.
According to the Aspen Daily News, federal officials say they will enforce the law, but authorities are not sure where county authority over the airport ends and federal agents take charge.