Ontario hotel rooms, San Diego "cannabuses" are the leading edge of cannabis tourism

Ontario hotel rooms, San Diego "cannabuses" are the leading edge of cannabis tourism

Here's two interesting stories about a growing trend of "cannabis tourism." Most of the fight for legalization has focused on enabling people to use their cannabis locally, but more and more, people are finding themselves travelling to recreational and legal states to buy and use product while on vacation.

First up, there's a proposal coming to the table in Ontario to allow consumption in some hotel rooms and other private places. Currently, it's completely illegal to use cannabis in public (as it is in most places), but the proposal would consider bending the rules in some places, allowing edibles in hotels in general, and even smoking and vaping in designated rooms. The proposal hasn't passed yet (and hasn't been officially introduced as legislation), but it is definitely the first step to really bringing people into the province to partake in the local herb.

And in our hometown of San Diego, the "cannabus" got a writeup in a Canadian news outlet. The Bud and Brews Tour is a bus that rides around to breweries and dispensaries in America's Finest City, and while it does perpetuate some poor stoner stereotypes (the bus plays Bob Marley as it drives around, apparently), it is a one-of-a-kind trip that is apparently attracting all sorts of people from outside the state. The article talks about how Jeff Session's threats have endangered the whole business, but San Diego is a city that already bases much of its economy on tourism, so it's very cool to see cannabis helping out there.

Cannabis is definitely important for a lot of other things besides tourism, but tourism is one fun way for the community to grow. And odds are probably pretty good that quite a few people will get introduced to cannabis while they're traveling to a legal state, even if they don't actually go for a whole tour like the cannabus. As 2018 continues, there's no doubt at all that we'll see even more of these examples pop up -- it has been happening in Colorado ever since that state went legal, and as more states join the party, it makes sense that more people will travel to join in. 

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