Tourists looking to travel for a toke up might need to rethink their next trip to Colorado or Washington. The Mile High City might not be the best blast to … well get high.
Voters in both states passed initiatives to allow the recreational use of marijuana while Oregon voters didn’t light up their “yes” buttons and voted down a similar initiative. Regardless of Tuesday’s vote, federal law still lists the drug as a controlled substance.
Colorado tourism officials tell the Denver Post they have no plans to promote so-called marijuana tourism, and officials in Washington have indicated a similar position.
“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”
That means tourists shouldn’t expect to see ads promoting opportunities to visit Colorado and Washington and try pot brownies made with local chocolates. Published reports indicate representatives from both states are shying away from promoting weed as their state’s newest attractions.