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Denver International Airport Bans Marijuana Possession

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Recreational marijuana will be legal for adults to buy on Jan. 1, 2014, but those adults will not be able to fly out of the state from Denver's main airport with their newly legal weed.

In an effort to combat illegal interstate drug trafficking, Denver International Airport has announced that it intends to ban marijuana possession on all airport property beginning in early January, The Denver Post reported.

DIA is the first city facility to prohibit marijuana possession.

Flying with marijuana, even medical marijuana, is prohibited by the Transportation Security Administration, DIA spokeswoman Stacey Stegman told the newspaper.

Although Colorado voters approved recreational pot in 2012, the substance remains prohibited under federal law.

Adults in Colorado can possess up to an ounce of marijuana legally, residents can purchase up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana, while tourists can purchase up to a quarter-ounce at a time. And all of that marijuana will have to be consumed or remain in the state.

On New Years Day, dispensaries in Colorado will begin to sell recreational marijuana to adults 21-and-over for the first time in U.S. history.

As the marijuana laws in Denver and the rest of the state continue to evolve, the Denver city government has launched a website which aims to educate pot consumers on the do's and don'ts of legal weed.

The website offers additional rules and information for residents, visitors, marijuana dispensaries, parents, business owners and home marijuana growers, featuring answers to the commonly asked questions about the groundbreaking new marijuana laws in the state.

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