Marijuana tourism should bring Colorado a pot of cash, says travel guru Arthur Frommer

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Arthur Frommer.
Travel guru Arthur Frommer predicts big 2013 tourism gains for six disparate destinations: Miami Beach, Dubai, India and Lima, Peru, plus Seattle and Denver. Why are the last two so hot?

Pot, of course.

Despite the hand-wringing by tourism boosters after Amendment 64 passed, Frommer sees real opportunity for Colorado.

Here's the rationale for the Seattle/Denver pick that he recently posted on Arthur's Blog:

Seattle and Denver

Though local tourist officials are openly critical of the recent statewide votes in Washington and Colorado that legalized the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana, I suggest they are actually overjoyed. Already, hotels in Seattle and Denver are reporting numerous requests for reservations by pot supporters planning visits to Washington and Colorado, and numerous articles have drawn comparisons to the way in which tourism to Amsterdam in The Netherlands has been increased by the easy availability of the well-known drug. Even before the recent vote on legalization, it was known to many that "medical marijuana" was easily obtained in dozens of outlets in both cities that issued the drug in response to a doctor's prescription. For that matter, major cities in other western or near-western states have quietly tolerated the same use of the drug for many years; in San Francisco, as one example, there are numerous "medical marijuana" shops with supplies exchanged for a prescription; and the prescription is fairly easily obtained from compliant doctors issuing the drug for all sorts of mild anxiety problems, and not simply for terminal illnesses. In any event, expect a torrent of new tourism to Seattle and Denver.

Which could soon be on a real Rocky Mountain high.

From our archives: ""Stoner, Colorado "mayor" Frank McDonald on post-Amendment 64 dream for two-person town."


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coloradommjpatient
coloradommjpatient

Patty,

Can you spare $320 of the $MILLIONS$ you have made and will stand to make off of this industry for Corey Donahue's CORA request to the Governor over A64?

Westword used to be known for REAL investigative journalism. Get back to your ROOTS!

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

I think you are a rag of a news paper . WHERE IS THE 6 MIN CONVERSATION BETWEEN NIXONLOOPER AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGARDING THE PASSAGE OF A64. We need real reporting not what ever you call Michael Roberts.

Mitch Siff
Mitch Siff

Forget tourism, Colorado is going to get an influx of new residents. ;)

Brenda Weston
Brenda Weston

We considered moving to Vancouver once until we visited there and saw that people walk around openly smoking pot in public. I hate the smell and think people should keep it private. If there is no public smoking of any kind in CO and that law is enforced that would make the regular tourists happy and not turn them off to traveling there. That being said, I would think legalization would help tourism because the pot heads would show up.

Justin Novak
Justin Novak

I think it will, especially since we have a nicer state than Washington. Colorado prior to amendment 64 passing was already well known as a weed friendly state. Now, if we do in fact get a exponential boost in tourism then we will need to take steps to improve public transit so we don't have a bunch of out of town potheads driving on our streets. Legalization here is gonna change more things than people realize and we need to be ready.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Detroit's problem is it's broke. How does increased revenue here make us look like Detroit?

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

Scott amelang is confused! Take your meds old man

Scott Amelang
Scott Amelang

HURT...Colorado will look like Detroit in time..PATHETIC..!!

Kendall Smith
Kendall Smith

I would imagine with all the tourism coming Colorado will become a billion dollar state within just a few years.

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

Who gives a shit! I didnt vote yes on 64 with tourism in mind..

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I have one strong concern of this "advocacy" and many similar messages. I am a patient, a legitimate sufferer of chronic and debilitating pain. I thoroughly documented my qualifying condition before obtaining a doctor's recommendation. I did so out of recognition that the people of Colorado put trust in me and my doctor to do so, and all through the process everyone involved was professional and sincere about it. Before being diagnosed, I was not a cannabis consumer, and I still do not smoke it.

Suggestions that the process is NOT sincere is unhelpful and implies that pretty much anyone but a dying person is an "illegitimate" consumer of the substance, and probably a "pothead." I'm sure there are such people, but I'd rather not see people making unsubstantiated claims that it's the rule, rather than the exception.

That said, I do believe everyone should have his right recognized to put whatever he wishes into his own body, and be held responsible for the consequences of any of his actions, regardless of whether they were associated with the ingestion of any substance.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Colorado is set here. Our Beer Industry already built a nice  "intoxicated tourism" infrastructure, and our State can use every single dollar anyone wants to spend here.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

That´s good news for Patricia Calhoun and the Westword! Becasue with out the cannabis ads the Westword would have to rely on their journlistic skills and if that happened Westword would fold in a week.  Didn´t some people, Woodward and Bernstine, win a pulitzer for the Watergate coverage?  Where is the 6 min tape between Nixonlooper and the Federal Government regarding the passage of A64?  Maybe journilism is not Patricia Calhoun´s strong suit anymore hell tabloidism is easy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What idiots and losers would travel 100s or 1000s of miles just to get high?

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

Of course cannabis is going to bring a large boost to Colorado tourism.  Colorado cannabis is known for the highest quality at fair prices by everyone, all over the world.  You only need to Twitter 'Colorado Marijuana' and see hundreds of tweets a minute related to moving to Colorado to smoke weed, buy seeds, etc.... In comparison the Twits related to 'medical marijuana' are way down, only a couple tweets per hour.  The medical marijuana system blocked all of the recreational smokers and out of staters from joining the party, but now that recreational is the new flavor and open to all humans over 21, we can only expect that they will come.  If you grow it they will come.  People really do love cannabis and they will travel to a legal state to enjoy it whether for the novelty of the experience or the shear joy of not having to worry about legal implications.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  "Suggestions that the process is NOT sincere is unhelpful and implies that pretty much anyone but a dying person is an "illegitimate" consumer of the substance, and probably a "pothead."

The REALITY is that the VAST MAJORITY of "medical" marijuana registrants in Colorado are merely recreational stoners hiding behind the pretense and abusing the intent of A20 simply to get high.

The stoners have made no secret of this FRAUD, and even Westword's continual coverage of the "industry" has treated it like one big recreational pot party, a giant charade foist upon the electorate and citizens who graciously granted a "limited exception" to State law for legitimate medical needs.

With 84 cities/counties recoiling against that fraud and BANNING "medical" marijuana dispensaries, you can expect an even larger public backlash against recreational pot shops as they preemptively ban them ... righteously so.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@nemopunk15 Like the post, nemopunk15. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Appreciate you weighing in.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@nemopunk15  ... then why not legalize Prostitution and LSD ?

Think of the $$$ it would bring ...

dm_co
dm_co

@DonkeyHotay Idiots and losers who have money to travel and have a good time?

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@DonkeyHotay Do you not think people will travel to Colorado to get high, or do you think people will travel to Colorado and get high?  What if someone who has never smoked pot before because cannabis is illegal where they live travels to Colorado to smoke for the first time, would they be a loser before they arrived and smoked or not until after they smoked the first time?  In other words are you a loser because you get high, or do only losers chose to get high?

If someone travels to Colorado, they have to afford to get here, make plans, etc...  This would require more than just an idiot to plan and execute.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc  "see hundreds of tweets a minute related to moving to Colorado to smoke weed"

From loser slacker-stoners who couldn't even move off the couch, much less to Colorado ... if they could even find it on a map.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@tutonehcc I'd like to suggest that you make a suppository out of your supposed questions. Never heard of edibles, pothead?

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@DonkeyHotay I'd like to be your recreational caregiver Donkey, we could have lots of fun!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay There's no way to know what you claim is true in significant numbers, and my experience runs counter to your suggestion.

The 84 cities/counties you refer to are recoiling in paranoia, not to reality. The fact that Colorado has not been significantly negatively impacted by A20 reinforces my claim that it's paranoia. I maintain that any tactile, real component of the recoiling is due to conservatives seeing pot leaves on signs.

Furthermore, if there were massive "fraud" WRT A20, it would reinforce A64-supporters claims that A64, itself, would not cause the "anarchy" conservatives fear.

So, in either case, it's a matter of fear and loathing that's completely unsubstantiated, regardless of whether one thinks "fraud" (fraud needs a victim, and their's no victim) taking place.

dm_co
dm_co

@DonkeyHotay @nemopunk15 What's wrong with prostitution and LSD? 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc ... what State in the U$A does not have marijuana available to anyone who actually wants to get high?

Did you travel to Mexico or Colombia just to get high in your youth, or did you obtain Mexican and Colombian pot right here in Colorado?

You = myopic idiot.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@DonkeyHotay @tutonehcc You miss the larger demographic, though there are many loser slacker-stoners, those are just the stereotype, the bulk of cannabis consumed is by hard working normal Americans just like US!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BestGrowerInTheWorld "Regulatory model went through..."

... your sphincter and all up into your rectum.

Büch Dich and prepare to get REGULATED some more, sucker.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dm_co  Prostitution and LSD ... the Breakfast of Champions.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc ... so take one of your Drug Tourism vacations down to Bogota ... let us know how that goes.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc ... so there was no pot available at any Colorado ski area until now?

LOL!

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@DonkeyHotay That's like saying 'why would someone travel to Colorado to ski when it snows in most of the rest of the US'.  People travel to Colorado to ski because of the experience.  Cannabis is a social drug and the effects are dependent on set and setting.  You are more likely to have a more enjoyable high in a place like Colorado after smoking cannabis which is just one reason why people will travel here to enjoy the drug, it is simply more enjoyable in the Colorado set and setting to be high.

To ignore the role of set and setting on cannabis usage and experienced effect on the mind is to not really understand the use of the herb.

daylate85
daylate85

@DonkeyHotay @tutonehcc  why don't you two give each other your phone number and call. so far all i see is i am guessing two people over 21 acting like children. that is what we need for people to see two adults doing this.just  another reason to give the gov. see goverment here are two adults acting like a ass, see what pot does to you?????

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc ... marijuana is available in ANYTOWN U$A ... always has been, always will be.

No need to travel anywhere just to get high, the drugs are delivered direct.

They just nabbed 70+ pounds of Cocaine on I-25 a few days ago ... so there might not be as much snow in Denver as expected.

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