Trendwatch: Cannabis tourism

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Bells reflected in Maroon Lake in Aspen, Colorado

With a launch of Colorado’s initial ‘weedery’,
cannabis tourism is reaching new authorised highs in a USA 

Harry Zernike

Brooklyn studio
mgmt.design’s prophesy for an aspirational consumer pot brand
in Surface magazine

The unusual adventure is a
travel sermon of passage. In a 1960s hippies flocked to a Mexican
desert, compelled by a enterprise to see sandy plains command in
Technicolor, inspired to ‘ride a snake’ described by Jim
Morrison during his unlawful forest peyote
experimentations. Then decrease of Amsterdam’s marijuana
laws in a 1980s led to pot pilgrimages with punters blasting their
way to a definition of life during cannabis coffee shops. In a 2000s
came shamanism, and for many it seemed a usually approach to navigate a
mid-life predicament was to compensate a revisit to a Peruvian rainforest and
its ayahuasca ceremonies in hunt of psychospiritual
epiphanies.

Now, a USA is a finish for those seeking a outing of the
trippy variety. Colorado became
the initial state to legalize recreational pot during a finish of
2012, and as a outcome over-21s can now buy it for personal use.
Despite a fact that a legislation means people can’t toke in
public, potheads descended on Colorado’s sharp new cannabis
dispensaries. Forget filthy small conduct shops, these are beautiful
spaces where ‘budtenders’ beam business by opposite blends.
The Silverpeak in Aspen, for example,
has a ski-lodge feel with a pattern elements of a
greenhouse. Websites Bud and
Breakfast
and travelTHC have sprung adult touting
cannabis-friendly lodgings, and members’ clubs such as Denver’s
Club 64 concede we to move your own
blend to fume while socialising with other stoners.

Although Washington, Oregon, Alaska and a District of Columbia
have all given loose their laws, Colorado still offers a most
for connoisseurs. Here, Cultivating
Spirits
arranges pop-up suppers where any plate is
paired with small-batch green; one accumulation with oyster burrata,
another with citrus and vanilla crème brûlée. Meanwhile, on
the tours run by My420
keen cooks can make (and taste) their possess jalapeño cannabis
poppers, and during Twisted Sister‘s ganja yoga retreats
guests downward dog in a morning and emporium for reserve in the
afternoon.

The trend shows no pointer of carrying a comedown, with Colorado
dispensaries now stocking artisanal products: Dixie
Elixirs
‘ cannabis-infused blueberry lemonade;
peaches-and-cream flavoured cannabis chocolate from Leafs by
Snoop
, a code from ganjapreneur Snoop Dogg. Later
this year, Colorado will entrance a initial ‘weedery’. Described as a
winery for pot and costing about £24 million, a Colorado Cannabis Ranch and
Amphitheatre
will run hothouse tours and talks on
the scholarship of cultivation, all set opposite a backdrop of the
Rocky Mountains, with a hospital for those essential dope
souvenirs.

This underline was published in Condé Nast Traveller September
2016

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