- Cannabis travel in the U.S. has risen greatly due to the end of cannabis prohibition in Colorado and Washington. These states are seeing a huge increase in the cannabis traveler. The money that the cannabis tourist is bringing in is staggering. “These marijuana travelers have to get cannabis friendly lodging, car rentals,eat at local restaurants they are bringing in revenue that would of never come without legal cannabis”. “We estimate we will have about 2000 plus cannabis travelers taking our cannabis tours in 2014” said Timothy Vee of Colorado Highlife Tours. Vee says his cannabis tours are increasing every month.
The cannabis tourists coming are spending money like all other visitors except they are spending an average of $100.00 to $200.00 per cannabis purchase, which has 25% cannabis tax and local city taxes. This additional revenue will put a substantial amount of money into the state coffers. The cannabis traveler also is not your typical "stoner". "We see people from all walks of life taking our cannabis tours, we have had nuclear engineers to house wives" said
The state's tourism officials have not signed off on this citing they don’t want to be known as the "Weed States". We have many other things to be know for, not cannabis. Other tourism officials say the statistics are still
out and they will only say that "cannabis tourism seems to have increased the states tourism revenue, we will know soon".
Vee says that “These people are coming to Colorado for the cannabis, and the beautiful
countryside and attractions we have.” “With out retail marijuana, they would of went somewhere else.”
In April alone, Colorado took in a huge amount.$4.3 million dollars was estimated to be sold in cannabis revenue. This is good news for the cannabis traveler as more "buy-in" will happen with local hotels and business, there by increasing the choices for the traveling cannabis tourist. We hope that cannabis travels can visit multiple states soon not worrying about state borders.