Ski or snowboard powder, raft the Colorado river, hike, mountain bike or golf in the high country – then pack up a bowl or bong?
The passage of marijuana legalization with Amendment 64 could lead to a vibrant business in Marijuana Tourism in Colorado.
The new marijuana law in Colorado makes it legal for all adults over 21 to have small amounts of weed. Marijuana is legal for out of state visitors too – a potential boom for marijuana tourism in Colorado.
Marijuana tourists won’t be able to pack and bring weed to Colorado with their luggage, but out-of-state tourists can buy and use marijuana in pre-determined amounts while vacationing or doing business in Colorado, without being in violation of marijuana laws.
The future of marijuana tourism in Colorado is still uncertain, because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. But the passage of the law has fueled rampant speculation about it’s future. In Colorado, tourism is the number two industry because of the Rocky Mountains and a vibrant ski and snowboard industry, and wide ranging summer mountain activities.
The day after Colorado approved recreational marijuana by a wide margin, the headline in the Aspen Times asked, “Aspendam?” referring to Amsterdam’s marijuana cafes.
Colorado’s tourism director, Al White, tried to downplay the prospect of a new marijuana tourism boom.
“It won’t be as big a deal as either side hopes or fears,” White said. Maybe not. But many are asking about marijuana tourism.
Ski resorts are “certainly watching it closely,” said Jennifer Rudolph of Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade association that represents 21 Colorado resorts.
Will the marijuana law drive the growth of apres ski and snowboard bars, restaurants, and lounges where adults 21 and over can get a buzz equal to a big powder day in the back bowls of Vail?
“There’s a lot that remains to be seen,” Rudolph said with a chuckle. “I guess you could say we’re waiting for the smoke to clear.”
The ski resort counties voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Amendment 64, passing it by a wide margin versus other parts of the state.
Pitkin County, where world class resort Aspen is located, approved the marijuana measure more than 3 to 1. Vail residents approved marijuana in Eagle County by two-thirds. San Miguel County, where Telluride ski resort is located, gave marijuana legalization its largest victory margin with 8 in 10 voting for it.
“Some folks might come to Colorado to enjoy some marijuana as will be their right. So what?” said Betty Aldworth, advocacy director for the Colorado marijuana campaign.
Will Colorado have it’s own version of Amsterdam’s “Cannabis Cup” that draws tourists from around the globe? Only time will tell.
The Kine Mine in Idaho Springs, Colorado could experience a modern day “gold rush” with marijuana tourism. Ideally located on the I-70 corridor off Exit 241A, large amounts of skiers and snowboarders make pit stops off I-70′s Exit 241A for gas, coffee, food, and liquor. The Kine Mine is located next to Starbucks and a liquor store, and across the street are McDonald’s and Carl’s Jr, and 3 gas stations are nearby.
We are in an ideal location for your medical marijuana pit stop (and future Marijuana Tourism!) on the way up to or back from the Colorado mountains for activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, mountain or road biking, music festivals and concerts, rafting, rock climbing, camping, zip lining, or just sight seeing. Experience Colorado and stop by and visit the Kine Mine while you enjoy Idaho Springs!
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