Texas ski tourist says he might boycott Colorado if he's subjected to legal pot

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Houstonian Joe Mattingly likes the finer things in life. Namely, he enjoys expensive ski trips to Vail, Beaver Creek, Utah and Lake Tahoe. And now he's thinking about visiting Steamboat Springs. The only problem? Colorado legalized marijuana and this Texan doesn't want it interfering with his vacation.

In fact, he might choose another destination if he and the youngsters with him are subjected to to the sight or scent of pot, or the sound of people talking about it.

"While Colorado politics is certainly none of my business, I thought that my thoughts might potentially be of interest to some people in Steamboat," he wrote Steamboat Today this week.

Translation: "I clearly think Colorado politics is my business and I'm going to tell you why right now."

Mattingly goes on to talk about how he'll be dragging a dozen beginner skiers onto the hill for lessons along with their families and spending a grand total of about $35,000 between the five clans traveling together. (Texans travel in packs, you know).

In all, he spends about 400 words talking about how important he feels he is and how Steamboat needs to not only cater to his perceived demographic, but that he and people like him spend a lot of money wherever they go.

Lest you didn't get the point, though, Mattingly drives it home, writing, "I am around many young affluent people in Houston, and we often discuss the best ski destinations. Next year, the general conversation will almost assuredly include any noticeable changes in the pot situation."

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Another look at the spectacular view from a Steamboat gondola.
We'd put money on the fact that at least one of the adults in Mattingly's group actually smokes herb on the sly and is really looking forward to this trip, so he doesn't have to pay a local for an underweight $30 gram of pot on a chairlift anymore.

"For me, the presence of marijuana in public areas will be a major factor [on if the family returns]," Mattingly goes on. "Steamboat has a very strong reputation as a place to take kids amongst many here in Houston. An increase in the presence of marijuana in public places will impact that view. Just thought some in Steamboat might be interested in my perspective."

We're pretty sure they aren't. Granted, we live in Denver and don't want to speak for the Town of Steamboat. Still, we feel pretty confident in saying that nobody in Steamboat cares about one more Houstonian's opinion of how the town can be more like Houston.

Steamboat Today columnist Rob Douglas points out in his (brilliant and extremely kind) rebuttal to Mattingly that there's a lot of other reasons why marijuana isn't going anywhere in Steamboat or Colorado anytime soon, and snubbing an entire town based on one industry or the legal actions of other adults is silly as a result. The social gains far outweigh losing a few snooty tourists anyway, and the only change in the town is going to be for the better.

"I'm proud that the Steamboat Springs City Council listened to the voters and placed Steamboat in the vanguard of communities across Colorado that are trying a different approach when it comes to at least one drug -- marijuana," Douglas points out, adding, "If the result is a few more folks with the whiff of pot about them, or a group of folks discussing where to legally buy marijuana, Steamboat will still be the same wonderful town it's always been."

If New York tourist Christine Arakelian's letter to Vail ripping the town for people daring to talk about or ::gasp:: smell like cannabis over Christmas week is any indication of what is to come on Mattingly's trip, the pair of them should look into booking a vacation in Utah together next year.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Michele Bachmann-busted-for-driving-stoned satire prompts official denial" and "Photos: Recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, week one."

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Mish_Tu
Mish_Tu

Wow guys, lighten up. If you read the letter it is no way comparable with the entitled, moralistic, thinly veiled threat that was the passive/ aggressive Christine Arakelian rant. While still coming off as self important, flaunting the quantity of money he is going to spend in Colorado and bragging about his circle of affluent friends who hang on his every word about travel destinations, he is willing to give it a try and then asses the situation, unlike Arakelian, he is not asking for pot to be banned in Steamboat , he is not telling people not to talk about it, he has merely expressed a concern about public smoking which he probably doesn't know is illegal under state law anyway. I am starting to wonder if an out of state rumor mill is making up naive horror stories about legalization in CO "I know someone who took a cab from Denver to DIA and during the ride the driver injected 15 marijuanas!!!!" type of crap. Given a lack of information (Steamboat has not approved 9 new dispensaries as he cited, it was 3) on his part I can see his concerns about exposing 12 seven year old charges to a free for all in much the same way the naive might be concerned about bringing children to prostitution legal Nevada if people are fucking on the street corners.It's a ski area, chances are if you look for it, you will see and smell grass, in this state and those yet to legalize. But at worst you might step into a gondola that has been hot boxed by the previous occupants (in violation of state law), the town of Steamboat in all likelihood, is not going to resemble my old college dorm room. The thing I find funny is that both Arakelian's NY and Mattingly's TX are considering following suit and revamping their stance on marijuana. While it might be premature to write a letter to Steamboat before possessing all the facts. Does this letter really deserve the venom it has seen on this board? I also find this article a little snarky, inflammatory and disingenuous as Mattingly's letter never referenced the sight, smell or people talking about marijuana.

stuka1
stuka1

#1 Reason for Texas to Legalize:  Idiot Fucktard Joe Matttingly will have nowhere to go.

robert_harsch
robert_harsch

Typical Texan...thinking that people really give a shit what they do or think. I'm sure plenty of people in CO. won't mind less Texans around thumbing up their noses at people. What a schmuck!!! 

mammypants
mammypants

Sounds like a drunk idiot to me.  Maybe this Texan should cut down on his consumption of the dangerous drug alcohol.  It's obviously rotting his brain away.

RoninFaceKontrol
RoninFaceKontrol

They should save him the hassle and ban him from all CO resorts.

jkbeerco
jkbeerco

Best news I heard all day.  Texans will go elsewhere and our slopes will be left to people who don't ski in jeans.  All the great breweries/restaurants, legal weed, and Texan free ski runs.  Yeehaw, y'all.  I LOVE COLORADO!

cherikyns
cherikyns

well Joe 'texan' take your 35k and your opinion somewhere else on vacation to ski. Since your obviously so rich take yourselves to the Swiss Alps..Don't go to the French side though- they just legalized Medical Marijuana there...lol I am sure Colorado will not be hurting for your money- after all they just made 5 million the first week of sales! 

Tyler Sullenberger
Tyler Sullenberger

Well half of them come here to buy pot. The town just wants the money. No biggy

scilasruin
scilasruin

very well written, if you will let me know where the snooty Texans gather so I can call my overweight friends drive down and run naked through their neighborhood thus giving us underprivileged youths a much needed rebuttal to the snooty "I look own my nose at you even when im hanging upside-down" sort of people we had listen to in middle school and deal with and sometimes fight in high school. thank you for this article, it made my day.

Brad Wilson
Brad Wilson

Texas breeds ignorance... this is proof... less ignorant Texans in Colorado =YAY

Anthony Balascio
Anthony Balascio

This one is a no brainer.. Most snowboarders and skiers smoke bud already..legalization will only bring more tourists out to the slopes..

Rachel Neale
Rachel Neale

Fewer Texans who don't know how to drive a rental car in the snow? BONUS!

Passion  Ward
Passion Ward

Love it! Keep Red Necks off our mountains. All they do is fall down when they get off the lifts, don't know how to ski or board, and they should just stay in Texas!

Gene Patrick Hines
Gene Patrick Hines

From my days liven up there less Texans would be a welcome relief.They over dress and over do the jewelry including the men, lie about what runs they do and are a bit obnoxious to boot.So that would be a good thing.Except for Don Henley he is an exception.lol

cannabis
cannabis

maybe all the cannabis prohibitionists can cluster in Texas and leave the rest of us alone

Cammy1
Cammy1

It sounds like he didn't do his research because the ski mountain is on federal land so it is still illegal to smoke pot on the mountain! If he stays up on the mountain then he can avoid those dangerous pot users...lol! Steamboat has always been the best resort for families! It doesn't matter if pot is legal or not because it is the same wonderful friendly people that make Steamboat the BEST mountain resort! The endless amounts of powder help too! ;-)

katgal1232
katgal1232

really fuck Texans, stay the fuck home you moron.

Nathan Foutch
Nathan Foutch

Fuck Texas. Who cares? Nothing but ignorant fucks anyways.

Sean May
Sean May

Hey man he has the constitutional right to FUCK OFF

Jonny B. Boyer
Jonny B. Boyer

Bah ha ha ha ha ha!! Good riddance!! The fewer texans in Colorado the better! Sorry ransom, it's true.

Ryan Davidson
Ryan Davidson

Stay in Texas, we don't want or need you, good luck Skiing down there....

Allison Vail
Allison Vail

I'm pretty sure the new pot laws will attract tourists and skiers, not repel them. Good riddance to those who feel the need to force their own views on us.

Beth Miller
Beth Miller

Lol..... just because pot is legal doesn't mean everyone here smokes it! Idiot Texans That's why we moved from there..... people always trying to force other people into there views.

Karen Greenstein
Karen Greenstein

Deadeads everywhere LOAO and ROTFL over idiots like this who don't realize that the weed smoking musicians and actors who skil Vail have SOOOOOO MUCH MORE $$ to spend at the resorts than he does! He thinks he's a "big deal?" CO doesn't need his $35k ... particularly when legal dispensaries made the state a MILLION DOLLARS in their first week! Austintonians are some of the finest folks in the US, and are hereby granted asylum from anti-humanist oppression in CO or here in CA ... the rest of unenlightened Texas can stick their medieval "politics" where the sun don't shine! Maybe they can ski there too ;)

James Ziesmer
James Ziesmer

The drug cartel is loosing money and will do whatever is necessary to reclaim it, stand by for heavy rolls.

Fritz Runge
Fritz Runge

Wasn't X sold legally in Austin bars?

Wally Alief
Wally Alief

Instead of the illegal pot they've been smoking up there all along? Also, is it really that easy to keep Texans off the slopes?

nesaie
nesaie

Please, don't send him here to Washington.


Thank you for sending him to Utah.  Oh, and for my Canadian neighbors, don't send him there either.  They're nice and they smoke weed there too.  :)

Jeff Hudson
Jeff Hudson

sounds like this guy should be told from our entire state: "Go fuck ya'self"

Jeff Meier
Jeff Meier

went to a concert last summer and it was the most peaceful heavymetal vestival ever it was all over guess what you didn't have to and it was cool cause a guy with a jack and coke next to me don't bother me unless he pours it in my kids mouth, it was like the future colo is a state ahead of its time my friends

Todd Diffee
Todd Diffee

Finally! We Coloradans have been trying for years to figure out how to get rid of the damned Texans. So tired of hearing about how big Texas is...well I've got news for you...If you flattened Colorado out...WE WOULD CRUSH YOU!!!

John-John Medina
John-John Medina

This idiot obviously hasn't seen the income statements from the first week of sales, and isn't thinking of the crazy amount of tourism coming. All I can do is laugh.

Tara Chavez
Tara Chavez

Really? If anything it's gonna bring a lot of tourists!

Greta Kirker
Greta Kirker

I've never heard of s coloradoan complain about the lack of Texans at the ski area

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@cherikyns  "after all they just made 5 million the first week of sales! "


More Stoner LIES and Math FAILS!

Atreyuuu
Atreyuuu

@DonkeyHotay What a jerk you are! You should research before calling people a liar. I think your "top commentor" title is going to your head or either that up your ass. Colorado is raking in the cash and the city council had to write a proclamation to the feds to reform banking regs to include 

state-legal pot shops because theres no where to put all that cash. See for yourself you bellowing pile of elephant dung.


http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2014/01/pot_sales_denver_5_million_five_days.php

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Atreyuuu <== repeats the idiotic LIES spewed by Bullshit Betty Aldworth, the PAID WHORE for A64 and the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.


There was NO $5 million in 5 days. It's a FUCKING LIE!



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