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Chicago's Cannabis Amnesty Boxes See Little Use

The boxes at the O'Hare and Midway airports have only logged 34 collections since 2020.

Chicago’s two major airports, O’Hare and Midway, have green “cannabis amnesty boxes.”

The original wooden boxes were made “in house” but have since been replaced with 12 metal receptacles, which cost $29,000.

The boxes were installed in 2020 to provide a safe spot to drop cannabis products before boarding.

Recreational cannabis is legal in Illinois, but it’s still illegal to transport it across state lines.

Passengers caught with cannabis haven’t been getting arrested by local authorities but the boxes help ensure they don’t run afoul of federal law.

However, it appears not many people have opted to drop their stashes in the boxes.

Only 34 collections have been made in the boxes since January 2020, and only half were cannabis or suspected cannabis.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, other times only plastic bags were found, suggesting people are using the boxes as trash cans.

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