Time marches on. It wasn’t that long ago getting caught with even the smallest amount of marijuana meant handcuffs and a ride in the backseat of a patrol car. This is no longer the case in many areas of the U.S. where medicinal and even recreational legalization has already been passed into law.
Colorado was the trailblazer and it has seen a marked increase in tourism as a result of their pot shops. People go there to legally chill without worry. And, legalization has given their economy a pretty nice boost. Cultivating and selling marijuana is a relatively new business for the state and as such has attracted entrepreneurs who were previously hiding in the shadows. Colorado became their Mecca.
Growing and cultivating marijuana requires skill and patience. It isn’t a matter of simply tossing some seeds in the dirt and watching them grow. Male and female plants have to be separated. Certain strains require delicate cross-breeding, and properly trimming the plants for distribution is an art unto itself.
Vacationers to Colorado now have an opportunity to see the entire process in action. From planting to picking to trimming, to packaging, tours are available for visitors to witness what is actually involved in producing a high grade of legal Cannabis. A real behind the scenes look. But, be forewarned. These aren’t your typical tours. Similar to going wine tasting, tour-goers are treated to samples of various strains of cannabis the entire day, even on the bus rides to and from the locations.
But are they worth going on? First, it depends on what a person wants to get out of the tour. If they’re wanting an inside peek prior to starting their own Marijuana farm they should probably schedule a private viewing. If they are they just looking to spend the day having fun and getting toasted, then yeah, hop on board.
Before we really decide though, let’s see what a couple of these tours offer.
Colorado Cannabis Tours – Denver
Not only will visitors learn growing techniques, they’ll also see demonstrations of glass blowing for making pipes, and learn how to cook marijuana-infused edibles. They have teamed up with educators to give guests lessons concerning the many uses of marijuana, how to make oil and butter, and anything else they can think of to call it a tour.
In their puff, pass, and paint classes, visitors learn to express themselves on canvas after their stresses are relieved from puffing on a pipe being passed around the room. The instructors claim it is not the quality of the painting that matters, but rather the free-form expression of the artist, for better or for worse.
A dinner cooked with marijuana spices and oil is served up towards the end of the tour, and then the guests are transported back from whence they came with smiles on their faces.
If you want to do something a little different let them arrange a luxury cannabis excursion to the mountains or to Blackhawk Casino. Of course, in Colorado, anyone can toss a couple of joints in their backpack and hit a mountain trail, so the luxury claim is a bit of a puzzle. And since no one can torch up in the casino anyway, this probably entails a ride so you can get high on the way.
Colorado Cannabis Tours go the extra mile if you let them book your entire stay in Denver. They’ll get you into a 420 friendly hotel and pick you up from the airport in a 420 friendly limo.
Colorado Highlife Tours – Denver
With this tour, you will see the complete growth cycle from a seed to an eight-foot-tall marijuana plant, and then follow the process until the finished product goes out the door to the end user.
You’ll see a glass bong valued at over one-million dollars and tour various 420 facilities around the Denver area.
Just like Colorado Cannabis Tours, 420 friendly rooms, B&B’s, and cabins are available. You’ll also visit a couple of dispensaries where if you have the proper ID you can shop til you drop.
Most everything else they do is very similar to Colorado Cannabis Tours. Edibles, head shops, classes, the whole nine.
Now we get to the question of if these tours, and others just like them, are really worth plopping down hard earned cash for. Are they really showing you things you can’t see or do for yourself? The definitive answer is, probably not. Because smoking pot is legal in Colorado, it’s pretty easy to find 420 accommodations on your own. They are all over the Denver area and a quick search will easily let you know where they are.
Head shops are all over Denver also so whichever ones a tour takes you to means they either know the owners or they’re just taking you to a couple of the biggest ones you could have easily located on your own.
As far as visiting dispensaries, as long as someone is 21-years-old and has a valid ID, they don’t need the assistance of a tour. Since recreational pot in Colorado is just as legal as buying medicinal marijuana, no special medical card is required for its purchase.
Most people who take a marijuana tour have one thing in mind. Having fun. They want to sit on a bus with other stoners while joints and pipes are being passed around and not have to worry about driving or getting in trouble. And, you must admit, being part of a busload full of giggling adults unloading at a restaurant amid a cloud of smoke kind of sounds like fun.
So even if you are actually interested in the business aspect of the marijuana industry, nobody else on the bus is going to be. You might accidentally learn some things, but after spending a day encapsulated in smoke, munching on marijuana edibles, and sucking on bong stems, you won’t remember what it was. You might have to go again.