Marijuana tourism recommended by task force -- but can rules prevent smurfing?
Yesterday, the governor-appointed task force charged with making recommendations about the implementation of Amendment 64 determined that marijuana tourism -- letting out-of-staters purchase pot -- should be allowed. But the members also believe restrictions should be put in place to prevent smurfing -- a practice only marginally linked to noxious blue characters who tend to use the word "smurf" multiple times in every sentence.
According to our friends at the Urban Dictionary, "smurf" has multiple definitions, including "asexual beings that don't even have reproductive organs under those little white pants," "a hilarious substitute for a curse word" and, of course, "to wake up someone who is sleeping by whacking them across the face with your penis."
But perhaps the most appropriate use of the term in this context can be found under "cannasmurf," defined as: "A person who is a member of several medical cannabis dispensaries and who obtains the maximum allowable quantity of cannabis from these clubs in order to obtain a sizable amount of cannabis for personal or commercial reasons."
No, not that kind of smurf.
This sort of smurfing would be possible for locals, too. But those visiting from elsewhere would presumably smurf in order to take as much Colorado cannabis home as possible. That would anger authorities in states with more restrictive marijuana laws, some of whom already appear to be profiling vehicles with Colorado license plates, as our story about the Iowa arrest of Brian Unbehaun notes.
Hence, anti-smurfing regulations could be framed as good-neighbor policies -- something important in this context, since officials from conservative states in the region, like Oklahoma, likely already see Colorado as having gone rogue when it comes to weed.
The idea of people visiting Colorado because of its liberal pot policy has already caused serious discomfort among politicians and the like. Recall that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock actively opposed Amendment 64, saying prior to the November election, "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. And so those three points...cause me a great deal of concern."
Photo by Sam Levin Michael Hancock at a peace rally last summer.
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