When you talk of cannabis businesses, the first things that come to your mind are dispensaries, manufacturing or growing marijuana plants. But there is an oft overlooked business segment that you should think about investing in: weed-friendly travel related businesses.
It is no question that people are interested in traveling and may also be curious about marijuana. Not only is the number of marijuana users increasing, science have also proved how effective these are against certain diseases.
And there are a lot of people who travel and wants to be able to toke when they like. For some, it is not even a question of wants but of needs. Medical marijuana users would need to make sure that they can take their medical pot without restrictions while they are on the road.
This is the reason why weed friendly travel is fast becoming a lucrative industry. There are now rental properties that specifically allow marijuana use on the premises. In the old days, accommodations compete for customers by offering activities, tours, or just by being near a popular tourist destination. The new trend now is to allow guests to smoke up when they need to.
If you own a rental property, should you be worried about stoned guests? Not really. In fact, as any owner of “bud and breakfast” places would tell you, their guests are not any different from other guests. In fact, if you serve alcohol at your place, then you would be more than adequately equipped to handle stoners. Pot is not only much safer than alcohol, but stoners are generally more peaceful than drunks.
You should know, however, that you would have to tell your guests to bring their own supplies. Even if you are located in a state where pot is legal, you still could not sell it unless you have a license. One good customer service move would be to include information on the nearest dispensaries or retail pot stores as part of your guests’ welcome packets. And that is just one of the many things you should know before you can start operating as a pot friendly place.
Cannabis tourism: Tips for the tourists
If you are looking for vacation spots where you could smoke weed, find information on where to buy pot, and have a blissful staycation, look for marijuana friendly establishments such as cannabis-friendly hotels and bud and breakfasts. There are several places such as Nativ Hotel, Adagio, or you can check out several Web sites that list similar establishments in Colorado, Spain, Alaska, and many different cities all over the world.
The good thing is that some of these places even provide vaporizer rigs, bongs, and yes, infused welcome mints. You can leave your bongs at home!
Further, while there is no problem getting stoned at these places, you will still want to see the sights around town. If you do, please be very mindful of local customs. Do not toke in front of kids, for one.
And if you are going to travel with pot, keep in mind that marijuana is still largely illegal on the federal level, and it is the federal government that runs airports, and even Amtrak. So if you travel with medical pot, do not leave your legal documentation or medical card at home.
In 2016, more than 12 million visitors to Colorado participated in a pot related activity, and around 4 million visitors came just for the legal weed. This just proves that weed is a huge attraction, and states with legal pot should capitalize on it. It is time for cities to become more open to pothead tourists, and start offering weed tours, cannabis cafes, coffee shops, and lounges. State travel organizations should do more to support pot tourism.