What Colorado is seeing now with pot tourism, few other states will be able to experience when all the laws change. It has a chance to both set a standard and make some money.
For many travelers, particularly pot enthusiasts, it's more about educating them on what else Colorado offers when they want to take a break from certain recreational activities than convincing travelers to visit the state. Ritter's work will involve reminding travelers of the state's roots and unique offerings as marijuana inevitably won't be a differentiator forever.
There's little reason that the opening of legalized stories in Colorado selling pot should adversely impact the state's tourism business. On the other hand, if resort operators believe they will be able to dissuade patrons from imbibing, then they are hallucinating. Especially in areas of the state where voters heavily approved the marijuana legalization effort.
Several U.S. states and Uruguay are on the road to legalization and a drug tourism boom, which is fueling the efforts of advocates in other countries like Mexico and Jamaica.
With pot possession and use legal in the State of Washington, increased tourism will undoubtedly follow.
State government was strongly opposed to Amendment 64 partly due to worries that a rise of marijuana tourism would negatively impact the state’s family-friendly branding.
Fresh off a victory and with a third term not possible, Obama may finally bring some sense to U.S. drug policies. If so, Colorado and Washington may be leading the vanguard among the states.
The marijuana ban didn't smell good at first for Dutch tourism, but some observers feel leaving enforcement to cities means not much has changed.