Denver International Airport will be the first city facility to prohibit marijuana possession on all of its property as it attempts to combat illegal interstate trafficking in the face of federal law.
Airport officials plan to begin enforcing the new policy, which is the furthest-reaching among the city's marijuana limitations, in early January.
Recently adopted city ordinances ban the display and transfer — but not mere possession — of marijuana on city-owned property including parks, the 16th Street Mall, streets and sidewalks near schools.
"We talked to all of (the federal agencies involved), and they've expressed concern for good reason, but it was our decision based on the way the airport operates," said Stacey Stegman, DIA spokeswoman. "We didn't want to impact other airports and other agencies, and we didn't want to facilitate transporting marijuana across state lines."