The word green symbolizes something eco friendly. Eco Tourism could mean a visit to an eco friendly resort or destination. However today green as acquired a new meaning with the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. The legalization of marijuana has also led to a corresponding increase in tourism to both the states. There has been a spike in the number of visitors to these two states which has legalized marijuana.
Travelers who were planning a ski vacation during the festive months are now having second thoughts. Skipping Utah or Tahoe they are now heading towards Colorado instead. Entrepreneurs have started smelling profit and they are going after the market, packaging tours based upon the idea of getting high. Already other states are contemplating legalizing marijuana with an eye on increasing tourism
Here are the seven things you need to consider before you head out on the cannabis trip:
Be aware of the limit: If you are a resident of another state you must be 21 years of age. You must possess a valid identification document which could be a driving license or your passport. The upper limit of purchase for an outsider is a quarter of an ounce. For the residents of the sate it is a full ounce.
Choose a quiet spot to light up: Finding a legal spot is the most challenging part. It is illegal to smoke in public or even in hotels. Get to know about smoke clubs from your hotel front desk or concierge. You can also obtain information about lounges or a safe spot to smoke. If you are out in the countryside or on mountains look for an open space and get down to business. It could be illegal and can get you a fine but there is a chance that you won’t be in trouble. Never smoke in your rental car or you could be arrested. Intent to drive is enough for a DUI arrest even if the car is not on.
Do not cross the limits: You can smoke or you can eat also. Packages resembling protein bars sell at many health food stores and instead of giving a nutritional lift, it will give you something else. Look at the legal equivalent dose or you could land yourself in trouble. Some of these bars have 10 times the legal limits and it could make you sick and could require hospitalization.
Do Not Drive when you are high: Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal and could land you into trouble even if you appear sober with no indication of impairment. The law in Colorado requires drivers to automatically give consent to have their blood or breath tested if an officer suspects he or she is impaired.
Never leave the state with any marijuana: You can use Marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Enjoy your legal marijuana experience but leave the left over behind. Possession of excess marijuana, it can result in a steep fine or, depending on the quantity and any previous convictions, actual jail time.
Don’t attempt selling your excess stash: You enjoyed your trip and it is time to head back home. You find that there is some grass lying unused. Give it away, but don’t try to sell it. Barter it for a Rockies jersey or anything else except money which is illegal and can get you into trouble.
Be aware of the state rules before setting off on your marijuana tour. The laws are subject to change, so ensure you have the latest information to make a safe, and legal, trip.