Marijuana Tourism Gets Green Light In Colorado

Owen Poindexter
Marijuana tourism got the go ahead from a Colorado regulatory board, which will allow people from out of state to buy pot as long as they don't take any home with them.

A Colorado task force consisting of lawmakers, government officials and cannabis activists decided that pot tourism will be as legal as marijuana itself in Colorado. Colorado and Washington State made history in 2012 by passing referenda to legalize marijuana (though pot is still illegal federally).

"Imposing a residency requirement would almost certainly create a black market for recreational marijuana in the state," said Rep. Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat who sits on the task force. Pabon added that "Marijuana purchased in Colorado must stay in Colorado."

To make it more difficult for dealers to load up in Colorado and then sell marijuana to other states (apparently called "smurfing"), the regulatory board recommended that marijuana can only be bought in limited quantities, perhaps an eighth of an ounce at a time. The idea is to make smurfing take too much time and energy, because what pot dealer has time to do all that? The board also recommended that signs be placed in airports and borders telling people to leave their pot within state lines.
The media is clearly still a little squeamish about this whole thing. This story from CBS only quotes people who opposed pot tourism.
The real question that everyone is tangling with is how to treat marijuana when it is legal in two states, but illegal federally. It will clearly be a boon to Colorado's economy, just one with a perpetually ambiguous legal status.