Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY
Travelers who carry marijuana into Denver International Airport could soon face steep fines.
At a public hearing Wednesday, the airport moved to formalize a policy that would ban marijuana possession on the entire airport property even though Colorado legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 and over, according to ABC 7 News in Denver.
Under the new policy, a worker or visitor could face a fine of up to $150 for a first offense. A second offense could lead to a fine up to $500. A third offense and subsequent incidents could mean paying up to $999 in fines.
Amendment 64 made marijuana legal in Colorado but also states that any "entity who occupies, owns or controls a property" can prohibit "the possession, consumption, use, display, transfer, distribution, sale, transportation, or growing of marijuana on or in that property," ABC News reports.
Stacey Stegman, a spokeswoman for the airport, told Today in the Sky that the airport is trying to get people to comply with federal law.
"You cannot bring marijuana past security and you cannot transport it across state lines," she said. If the Transportation Security Administration "discovers marijuana, they would notify law enforcement. Law enforcement would look at the circumstances and determine what to do-depending upon intent, age, quantity, etc. "
For those over 21 with a small amount, she said it would be likely that authorities would ask them to throw it away or put it in their vehicle. If they declined, they'd be asked to leave.
"Other options would be explored before a citation would be given," she said.
She said the airport is in the process of finalizing the policy and expects it to go into effect shortly.
Medical marijuana patients and advocates are protesting the airport's ban.
"To deny safe access to medical marijuana at the airport is unnecessary, and I think it's cruel," Rachel Gillette said at the Wednesday hearing on behalf of NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, according to KUSA-TV in Denver.
Teri Robnett, who also spoke at the meeting, said she needs marijuana for her fibromyalgia.
"I've had it for 26 years," she said, according to the station. "I've tried a lot of different treatments and medical cannabis is by far the most effective treatment."