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Colorado Resorts Brace for Marijuana Tourism
Posted by CN Staff on December 23, 2013 at 05:59:11 PT
By Trevor Hughes, USA Today
Source: USA Today
Colorado's ski resorts and mountain towns are bracing for an influx of tourists seeking a now-legal Rocky Mountain high.Last year, the state legalized the possession and use of small amounts of recreational marijuana, and on Jan. 1 special stores will be allowed to sell pot to anyone 21 and over. Voters had previously approved a medical marijuana system, but last fall's vote threw the doors wide open by requiring state officials to regulate pot like alcohol.
With several companies offering marijuana tours  sightseeing tours of the state's high country, with marijuana supplied  police and ski area operators worry that tourists who don't understand the rules will be sparking up on the slopes."We're delving into truly uncharted territory here," said Summit County Sheriff John Minor, whose jurisdiction covers the Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge ski areas. "We do have this misperception in Summit County where people have smoked in public, been charged, and were under the perception that it's a free-for-all."Under the law, marijuana may be smoked by adults but only in private. But exactly what "private" means is still the subject of debate. Minor says a private vehicle on a public road, for example, is considered "in public."Marijuana tour operator Timothy Vee of Colorado High Life Tours says to get around those rules, his drivers sometimes pull into a parking lot, allowing tour guests to partake of the pot he offers. Under current law, it's legal to give another adult marijuana as long as there's no direct payment for it. Vee and other operators charge people to rent the limo and driver and say the pot, snacks and soda are free.For $1,200 a day, tourists can rent a chauffeured minibus from Vee to pick them up at their hotel and drive them to the slopes while they use marijuana during the ride. Vee said concerns about impaired skiers and riders are overblown. After all, he says, every ski area has a bar at the bottom of the slope. And for decades, skiers and snowboarders in Colorado have been ducking into the trees for a mid-run toke. Many ski areas are home to illicitly built "smoke shacks" tucked between the slopes, and locals often refer to gondola ski lifts as "ganja-las.""What I'm getting are a lot of old stoners, and a lot of wealthy people who want to come do it safely with a concierge," Vee said. "Now the kids are gone, they're 60 years old and they want to get high."SnippedComplete Article: http://drugsense.org/url/y2ewVn2dSource: USA Today (US) Author: Trevor Hughes, USA TodayPublished: December 22, 2013Copyright: 2013 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: http://www.usatoday.com/CannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 23, 2013 at 09:58:21 PT
Our Poems Prayers and Promises
It has happened now in Colorado and these words from John Denver's Poems Prayers and Promise seem so fitting to me.***I have to say it now it's been a good life all in allIt's really fine to have a chance to hang aroundLie there by the fire and watch the evening tireWhile all my friends and my old lady sit and pass a pipe aroundAnd talk of poems and prayers and promises and things that we believe inHow sweet it is to love someone how right it is to careHow long it's been since yesterday what about tomorrowAnd what about our dreams and all the memories we share***Poems Prayers and Promises http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d-NmoMHBbE
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on December 23, 2013 at 08:08:59 PT
finally
reality is breaking through into the mainstream media!!!>>>After all, he says, every ski area has a bar at the bottom of the slope. And for decades, skiers and snowboarders in Colorado have been ducking into the trees for a mid-run toke. Many ski areas are home to illicitly built "smoke shacks" tucked between the slopes, and locals often refer to gondola ski lifts as "ganja-las."a shout-out to mountain culture!  I believe this is the 1st I've seen in the mainstream media in 30 years.  Mountain athletes have been using cannabis forever, and are in far better physical and mental condition than the bloated politicians and cops that persecute them.Being in the alpine environment is all about self-reliance, not conformity.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on December 23, 2013 at 07:32:09 PT
"Brace?"
Silly yellow journalists.. (shall we say?)I'll tell you what to brace for, European soccer hooligans! But that's another story.Yes, all these 'people' who want to get high, it's very, very scary to some, who picture scenes from 'the living dead.'Nothing to worry about!
Colorado Bookings Here! Until Soon!
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