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Consultant Angel Martos holds a marijuana leaf at the Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, Nov. 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Anthony Bolante) Consultant Angel Martos holds a marijuana leaf at the Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, Nov. 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Anthony Bolante)  

Colorado prepares for hordes of pot tourists

Greg Campbell
Contributor

With legal sales of recreational marijuana just three weeks away, Colorado is girding for an expected influx of ganja tourists hoping to take advantage of the historic new law.

But not everyone is anticipating it in the same way.

Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown told the Denver Post that he’s worried that pot tourists will camp out in front of the few marijuana stores that are licensed to open on Jan. 1, exposing them to possible freezing temperatures and the threat of robbery.

“We could have thousands of people lined up,” he said. “They will camp out. They will have cash in their pockets. I hope we have weather like we have today.”

The new law allows adults 21 and older to possess, grow and smoke marijuana on private property. The city of Denver has launched an informational website reminding those from out of state that it’s illegal to smoke in public, give or sell pot to minors, drive while high or take it out of Colorado.

Marijuana can only be purchased from licensed stores. Although more than 100 have applied for licenses, only less than a dozen in Denver have been approved to open on Jan. 1 so far.

For those who don’t want to stand in line, a tour company called Colorado Highlife Tours and Excursions will pick up tourists at Denver International Airport in a bus that can hold up to 30 people for trips to grow operations, marijuana dispensaries or any other location.

The company’s website says its “420 friendly transportation” will take “adults over 21 from all over the world out to show them the marijuana industry in a safe, fun, discreet manner.”

The company even provides “all you can smoke marijuana” for the ride from the airport to Colorado’s famous ski resorts, according to 7News.

Ski resorts, however, have been reminding skiers that it’s illegal to smoke pot on the slopes.

“We would hate for people to come up here to come to Colorado and have false expectations about what they’re allowed to do on the slopes,” Jennifer Rudolph, a spokeswoman for Colorado Ski Country USA, told 7News. “There’s so many things to do here, but smoking pot at one of our ski resorts is not one of them.”

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