Marijuana: Would Amendment 64 hurt or help Colorado tourism?


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Gary Johnson in Denver this summer.
In a recent Q&A with Levin, former New Mexico governor Johnson, who endorsed Amendment 64 earlier this year and has made frequent mention of his support since then, responded to a question about whether passage of the act would mar Colorado's reputation with this comment:
So here's what I'm saying all across the country. What's going to happen in Colorado if Colorado votes yes on this: Everybody in the entire country is gonna get on an airplane and go to Denver and chill out. Everybody else is going to pick up on that, and Colorado won't be the [only state] for long. I would always say this in New Mexico to those that would say, look, we are going to become the drug mecca for the world. You mean the millions of entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors and professionals that would move to New Mexico for legal marijuana? Colorado has that opportunity right now.
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Rick Steves.
Renowned travel writer Rick Steves has his own slant on the issue. As noted in a USA Today article, Steves is a vocal supporter of Initiative 502, a marijuana measure on the ballot in Washington state. However, he expresses doubts as to whether Washington would become what's described as a "magnet for stoner tourists" should voters bless the proposal.

His backing, then, is based on a simpler theory, as well as experience. He says the time he's spent in Europe makes him conclude that taxing and regulating pot is better than banning it.

Regarding his role as a spokesman for the cause, he's quoted as saying, "That's the fun of all this. If it was Snoop Dogg, it would be one thing. But it's Rick Steves. He's a nice guy. A businessman. We're saying this is not for kids. This is about civil liberties, (and) if a guy wants to light up a joint and stare at the fire inside his house for two hours, then he should be able to do that."

What are the odds such an opportunity could soon be legal in Colorado? Last week, Intrade, an online trading exchange, put the odds of Amendment 64 winning approval at 68 percent. At this writing, the number is up to 80 percent. with Initiative 502 given an 87.5 percent shot at victory.

By this time tomorrow, we should know whose bet has paid off.

Update, 10:14 a.m. November 6: Moments ago, we heard from Amendment 64 spokeswoman Betty Aldworth in response to the question of whether passage of the act would help or hurt Colorado tourism. In her view, suggestions by Denver mayor Michael Hancock and Visit Denver's Richard Scharf that tourism has been hurt by Colorado's medical marijuana industry are unfounded.

"Visit Denver's own statistics demonstrate that tourism and conventions continue to rise in Colorado as we experience the regulation of medical marijuana," she says. "Unless they're willing to present evidence to the contrary, I have a very difficult time believing that the regulation of an adult-use marijuana market would have a negative impact on tourism in Colorado."

Does she believe the act's approval would boost tourism?

"If we pass Amendment 64 today," she replies, "we will live in a state where our law-enforcement resources are dedicated to pursuing violent and otherwise serious crime, and where greater tax revenues can be dedicated to making our cities more beautiful and safer. And those things contribute to making Colorado a wonderful place to visit."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Amendment 64 given 68 percent chance of passing by Intrade."



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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

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

 @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

 @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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