Marijuana: Would Amendment 64 hurt or help Colorado tourism?

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Update: A response from the official Amendment 64 campaign on the tourism question follows our original post, below.

Would Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, hinder Colorado tourism or boost it?

With election day finally here, there's still no consensus on the question. Note that Denver officials are on one side of the issue, while a presidential candidate and famous travel writer Rick Steves feel differently.

In an interview with our Sam Levin, Denver mayor Michael Hancock ripped Amendment 64 on a number of grounds, including a possible negative impact on tourism.

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Denver mayor Michael Hancock at a peace rally this summer.
"We already have evidence that we are losing some of our ground or some of our attractiveness to conventioneers, tourists, because of the medical marijuana leeway that's been afforded in this city," he said.

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Richard Scharf.
These thoughts are echoed by Visit Denver's Richard Scharf. Last month, when Hancock came forward in opposition to Amendment 64, Scharf, the president and CEO of the tourism organization, released the following statement:
Tourism is the second largest industry in both Denver and Colorado. If Colorado receives international media attention as the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana in their constitution, Colorado's brand will be damaged and we may attract fewer conventions and see a decline in leisure travel.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson couldn't disagree more.

Continue to read more about Amendment 64 and tourism.


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Darci Davenport
Darci Davenport

I think most of them will come from Utah. Those people need to really need to unwind.

Amelia Ebert
Amelia Ebert

Lol, yes I know some people who would choose a ski vacation in Colorado because they can smoke here and get good weed. they are not going to choose Utah.

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

no. it is so easy to get marijuana anywhere in this nation. everybody who wants to smoke marijuana does, legal or not. who has the extra cash to drive across state lines to buy weed, that you can just get over the back fence from your neighbor at home?

Charles Quinton
Charles Quinton

It is an awfully long way to drive just to smoke a bowl. I think it is more likely they will demand the laws be changed in their home state, and that is exactly what the law and order types are afraid of.

Matt Mega C
Matt Mega C

I fucking hate the comparison of Colorado and Amsterdam!

Liv Michaelson
Liv Michaelson

Is that even a question? Of course people will come here for holiday so they can smoke some ganja after a day of skiing or hiking.

Cathy Bowen
Cathy Bowen

I think it would be a new fad for a few years, but then fade, just like in Amsterdam.

Bob Tyler
Bob Tyler

If I was still a pothead id be headed there.

Jeff Allen
Jeff Allen

Denver, the Amsterdam of the Americas?

johnlifebooks
johnlifebooks

Both the Washington and Colorado official tourist organizations cannot answer our question: can they provide a list of the best hotels in the best cannabis growing areas in their wonderful States.

We are in our 60s, together 36 years, with three fantastic children, in their 20s and 30s, PhD and Master students, and I have smoked cannabis for 42 years.

We are Europeans, and after the marijuana plebiscites we have decided not to vacation in the south of France or Spain next summer but to holiday in America for the first time.

So can anyone give us a list of the best hotels in the best cannabis growing areas?  johnlifebooks at gmail dot com

 

gorillajones
gorillajones

Do people really say to themselves, "If cannabis is legal there I ain't goin'"? Wow.

derekbsnider
derekbsnider

None of these comments are about the article... the question is: will A64 hurt tourism?  The answer is a resounding no!  The current fear is that it will create "pot tourism" -- thereby increasing tourism, not reducing it.

 

Imagine a dry county posing the same question about allowing liquor sales.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

Hey Donkey, it looks like Chippi bailed on your suicide pact.   Donkey?   Donkey.......?

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

So 64 'passed' and the Dept of Justice has already said the CSA is in full force and they will now "read the language" in A64.

 

Questions

 

--How long will it take the DOJ to see that A64 DOESN'T LEGALIZE pot????   

 

Will Obummer make a radical 180 degree turn in his second term and agree that A64 legalizes pot? 

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

Daily Camera "Proponents envision something similar to the state's system governing medical marijuana, which involves security requirements, the monitoring of plants as they are grown and shipped and auditors who perform site checks."--

 

I thought they said it (A64) would be like alcohol? How quickly the interpretation of the language changes.....JHC are we in for a nightmare......

IcePick
IcePick

Boulder County

 

Who is Donkey Hotay? 

 

Here's the answer:

 

Donkey Hotay  [ Show all posts ]

Email:asawyer@us.ibm.com

Real Name:Aaron (Sawyer)

Posts: 1,396

Registered: 12/19/2005 06:25PM

Last Activity: 11/28/2007 05:38PM 

 

And to see proof that this is the same Donkey Hotay, here are the highlights:

1) he works at IBM, who has a plant in Boulder on Diagonal Blvd

2) he is a rockies fan

3) he writes like a lawyer 

 

Read his posts for yourself, you will quickly see that Aaron Sawyer IS Donkey Hotay. 

 

Profile:

http://forums.macresource.com/profile.php?1,404 

 

Forum Posts in the "  'Friendly' Political Ranting" section:

http://forums.macresource.com/search.php?1,author=404,match_type=USER_ID 

 

Here are posts from another forum by Aaron "the idiot Donkey Hotay" Sawyer:http://tinyurl.com/cldyphk

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Yuma County

 

No

62.8%

 

Yes

37.1%

 

A64 = провал !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Kiowa County

 

No

66.9%

 

Yes

33.0%

 

A64 = 失敗 !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Weld County

 

No

50.1%

 

Yes

49.8%

 

A64 = विफलता !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Washington County

 

No

61.4%

 

Yes

38.5%

 

A64 = αποτυχία !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Jackson County

 

No

54.2%

  

Yes

45.7%

 

 

A64 = Epäonnistuminen !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hinsdale County

 

No

51.5%

  

Yes

48.4%

 

A64 = Pagkabigo !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Sedgwick County

 

No

60.4%

  

Yes

39.5%

 

A64 = Rike !!

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Elbert County 

 

No

54.7%

 

Yes

45.2%

 

A64 = Manglende !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Rio Blanco County

 

No

60.2%

 

Yes

39.7%

 

A64 = Selhání !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

El Paso County

 

No

51.9%

106,796

 

Yes

48.0%

98,792

 

A64 = Neuspjeh !!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Prowers County

 

No

59.2%

  

Yes

40.7%

 

A64 = Fracàs !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Douglas County

 

No

55.6%

71,048

 

Yes

44.3%

56,700

 

A64 = Falen !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Dolores County

 

No

57.7%

 

Yes

42.2%

 

A64 = Fallimento !!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Crowley County

 

No

66.6%

 

Yes

33.3%

 

A64 = Le non !!

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @KathleenChippi  ... even the Authors of A64 admit that it does NOT legalize marijuana.

 

Only stump-stupid stammering stoners -- and lying shills -- would claim otherwise.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @KathleenChippi How about that A64  !!

 

Six plants one ounce no doctor's visits.  Prohibitionists can suck it.

 

TWO LEGAL STATES and 1 more MMJ State !!

orson
orson

 @IcePick Just add this guy to the list along with the other people presumed to be donkey hotay...

 

James?, Greg? in Wyoming, some lady? in Wyoming, Corey Donahue, Robert Chase, Rico Colibri, Seth Brigham, Jim Gerhardt, Ken Buck, Roger Sherman, Kathleen Chippi, Laura Kriho, and now some guy named Aaron or Adam

 

The only thing you are proving here is that you, IcePick, are a troll, and that donkey hotay owns you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick  -- Why are you so infatuated with this Aaron Sawyer?

 

Is he your new man-love?

IcePick
IcePick

@DonkeyHotay

Statewide Results 

A64

 

33% reporting ( 987 precincts )

Yes  52.9%  (920,149)

No 47.0% (817,028)

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay  @KathleenChippi Ah Donkey, you are still alive. 

 

We have nothing to argue about now.  Thanks for several great months of entertainment.

 

Donkey, I think I love you...

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