Thursday, June 26, 2008

Group says pot would calm "air rage"

SAFER wants cops to allow marijuana smoking at airport

DENVER (KWGN) — A series of "air rage" incidents on flights diverted to Denver has a local organization suggesting passengers smoke marijuana to relax prior to flying.

SAFER, Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation, which got a ballot initiative passed to make enforcing marijuana laws the lowest legal priority in Denver, is now pushing to allow passengers to get high before they fly. But since the FAA oversees the airport and smoking pot is against federal laws, the idea has some people scratching their heads wondering how it would work.

SAFER members aren't mapping out the legal landmines. Instead, they just say that the smoking lounge, outside of security at Denver International Airport, falls under Denver Police jurisdiction. And since the new city ordinance was enacted, all penalties for adult marijuana possession have been removed. So they think adults should be allowed to smoke either marijuana or cigarettes in the airport's smoking lounge.

SAFER Executive Director Mason Tavert says lighting up a joint to mellow-out before a flight is far less dangerous than getting liquored-up, pointing to last week's case of air rage here in Denver, "A woman became so belligerent that she broke through her plastic handcuffs and punched a flight attendant in the face. This madness has got to stop. And we're providing a very viable solution."




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