Last week on Wednesday, an incoming traveler at Midway Airport stole marijuana from one of the marijuana amnesty boxes situated at the facility, said the Chicago Police.
The cannabis amnesty boxes were installed a few weeks ago, and they coincided with adult-use marijuana legalization in Illinois. The amnesty boxes are for passengers who are boarding their flights at Midway or O’Hare airports to dispose of the unused marijuana products since no one is allowed to board a plane with any shred of weed.
According to local media sources, during routine checks on Wednesday evening around 8 p.m., the police noticed that marijuana was missing from one of the amnesty boxes. When they checked the surveillance footage near the location of the box, the police saw a man reach inside and remove the weed several hours before. The police believe that the man was an incoming passenger.
During an earlier security check, one of the passengers was found with the weed and was forced to leave it behind, thus placing it in the amnesty box. It is this weed that another passenger stole. As of last Friday, they had not identified the man, but authorities say that it shouldn’t be possible for someone to access the contents of the amnesty boxes.
The chief of communications with the Chicago police, Anthony Guglielmi, said that the marijuana amnesty boxes were placed at the airports in Chicago to make sure that travelers complied with the federal and local state laws of their destinations. Guglielmi also noted that in the coming weeks, they would replace the temporary amnesty boxes with other boxes to prevent theft, making them secure and hinder anyone from looting their contents.
The Department of Aviation in Chicago and the Chicago police were tasked with overseeing, emptying, and discarding the content found inside the 12 boxes.
The TSA clarified that it is legal to have marijuana at the airports, but it is unlawful to fly with drugs since the federal authorities regulate the airspace, and marijuana is federally illegal.
Speaking to local media at the beginning of the month, the TSA spokesperson said that the agency does not search for marijuana-infused products during security checks across the U.S., but TSA agents are under obligation to report if they discover any drugs or substances that are illegal as per the federal law. After the report is made, local police determine the next course of action.
Other airports that have installed amnesty boxes include McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Colorado Springs Airport in Colorado.
Analysts believe that marijuana companies like Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQX: PLPRF) may be shocked that the amnesty boxes were not designed to prevent unauthorized access, such as what happened at the Chicago airport.
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