Marijuana legalization votes this week in Colorado and Washington state may open the door for marijuana tourism, reports the Associated Press. Both measures make marijuana possession in small amounts OK for all adults over 21 — not just state residents but visitors, too. Tourists may not be able to pack their bowls along with their bags; as long as they purchase and use the drug while in Colorado or Washington, they wouldn't violate the marijuana measures.
That's assuming the recreational marijuana measures take effect at all. That was very much in doubt as states awaited word on possible lawsuits from the U.S. Department of Justice asserting federal supremacy over drug law. 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 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. Ski resorts are "certainly watching it closely," said Jennifer Rudolph of Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade association that represents 21 Colorado resorts. She said, "I guess you could say we're waiting for the smoke to clear."