Marijuana tourism will become a booming business in Colorado and Washington. The economy will grow and recover significantly because of this and the rest of the country will be upset because they will not see the spike in their economic situations. I think that it needs to be legalized everywhere.
Pot tourism will become a booming business in Colorado and Washington. There are taxes on all sales of pot in those states, so this will make those states a ton of money. People will go to those states in order to smoke pot, and it will become a booming business.
Even if it's not legal for out of state people to purchase marijuana in these states, people could easily skirt around these laws. It would still be legal for them to possess and consume marijuana there, unlike in other states. Many, many people like marijuana and would be willing to go on vacation where they could enjoy it legally rather than somewhere where it is still 100% illegal.
Though it's unlikely that either will become the new Amsterdam, tourists of all types would definitely visit states where they could legally get weed. In addition, marijuana connoisseurs would enjoy talking trips to areas with many small, high quality marijuana farms and sampling their different products -- similar to trips and vacations based on wine tours. However, as marijuana legalization is likely to expand across the U.S., businesses and farmers in Colorado and Washington should plan quickly and create enticing plans for high quality marijuana centered vacations, or else they will face too much competition from other states. Even as legalization spreads, if areas of Colorado and Washington make themselves known for the fantastic and different strains of cannabis they produce and providing great vacation getaways, they could have a successful tourism industry for years to come.
Yes, I think that with the newly passed legislation legalizing some usage of the drug marijuana will keep tourism booming in the states of Colorado and Washington. Since those are the very few states in America that allow the usage of marijuana I think that there will be many people who go to those two states just to smoke marijuana.
Whether marijuana is legal or not, people are going to continue to smoke it. You still can't smoke it in public, so all that it means, is that if you want to come to another state to smoke, you must know where to do it. Which makes traveling here not worth it.
It is my opinion that marijuana tourism will not become a booming business in Colorado or Washington. I feel that there is still a large illegal trade of marijuana that is ongoing in various parts of the nation, and that this illegal trade will keep a large majority of people from traveling to Colorado or Washington in order to purchase marijuana legally.
No. I do not believe marijuana tourism will become a booming business in Colorado and Washington, because a majority of people that use marijuana already have it at their disposal, even though it is illegal. There is no reason for people to travel Colorado, and Washington for marijuana when they can get it locally.
Marijuana tourism is not going to bring a major increase in tourism to either Colorado or Washington for the purpose of partaking legally in the use of marijuana. First of all it may not be legal for visitors to purchase and use the drug. The laws in neither state has been finalized, but both are strongly considering a residency requirement to legally purchase and use marijuana in the respective states.
The second issue is the marijuana is still illegal under Federal law. Allowing non-resident to purchase and use the drug would be a direct challenge the DEA's authority to enforce federal drug law.
It is tempting to compare Seattle and Denver to Amsterdam, but I don't think that is a fair comparison. Sure tourists to the Netherlands often partake in marijuana tourism, but that is not the entire reason why people go there. It's also attractive because it's in Europe. The idea of backpacking through Europe is attractive to a lot of young Americans and the Amsterdam experience is part of that package. It's more than just marijuana, it is the entire red light district. I could see Colorado, already having a strong tourism industry, also capitalizing on marijuana. But in order for it to boom, they may need also legalize gambling and prostitution. In the meantime Nevada could also legalize marijuana to go along with the Sin City concept. In which case, Colorado will lose out.