Colorado's Cannabis Conundrum: Marijuana Everywhere, but Not a Spot to Smoke

Jacob SullumJacob SullumFor visitors to Colorado, legally buying marijuana is easy; legally consuming it, not so much. In my latest Forbes column, I explain why tourists in Colorado, where marijuana has been legal for recreational use since 2012, still have to smoke pot on the sly. Here is how it starts:

For cannabis consumers who are accustomed to the black market's meager selection and iffy quality, Colorado's dispensaries are a revelation: dozens of strains, each with a distinctive bouquet, fresh enough that you can actually smell the difference. Denver-area budtenders, who say tourists account for half or more of their business, are used to amazed reactions, reminiscent of the scene in Moscow on the Hudson where Robin Williams, playing a Soviet defector, encounters an American supermarket for the first time. But once a visitor  settles on a gram of Budderface or a quarter-ounce of Cinderella 99, he has a problem: Where can he smoke it? State and local restrictions have made answering that question a much bigger challenge than it needs to be.

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  • The Late P Brooks||

    Smoke it in your rental car.

  • From the Tundra||

    “The symphony has shown us the way,” he says. “It probably took a wealthy, yuppie, white institution to break that barrier, but so be it. The rest of us are going to follow that model.”

    Damn those wealthy white folk for coming up with a solution first! Damn them!

  • The Tone Police||

    It is nice to see that smoking bans have now come around to spear the progressive ox. If I may suggest a repeal of smoking bans now...?

  • Rich||

    Where can he smoke it? State and local restrictions have made answering that question a much bigger challenge than it needs to be.

    Good thing marijuana is "legal", huh?

  • Overt||

    I have a similar problem, except it is the State of Matrimony that has me flummoxed. My wife hates the smell of smoke and weed, so I can't smoke any more.

    Should I move to a vaporizer? How would I go abouts that? I truly know nothing about the subject.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Just bake up a big batch of marijuana brownies, Overt. After you kill your wife in a drug induced homicidal fog, you can go back to smoking in the living room whenever you feel like it.

  • Overt||

    That won't work. Despite this one area of disagreement, I am quite fond of her and the nightly sex.


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