What I ultimately always end up realizing during these conversations is how misguided most people are about marijuana and its impacts, effects, and culture. And while Denver tourism might not want to talk about it yet, the private sector sure does, and there's plenty of information out there to help you navigate the myths and stereotypes.
Right after it was legalized, we gave you step-by-step instructions on how to buy pot on your next trip to Colorado. But if you want to go beyond the simple recreational benefit and understand the effort behind it, there's a website dedicated to this exact cause called Colorado Pot Guide that can help you not only understand the law, but find ways to explore the culture during your visit, such as a marijuana tour.
Multiple companies, such as Cultivating Spirits, are offering tours of "pot country," including stops at grow fields, dispensaries, and glass-blowing facilities. The objective is to educate people on marijuana as an industry as well as a vice, helping them to understand the process in the same way that a brewery or winery tour explains its own products. Opportunities range from multi-day excursions to simple airport pickup that includes a stop at a dispensary on the way to your hotel.
Once on the ground, you'll see that Colorado sure does take its role in the new era of marijuana seriously. But that doesn't mean all the fun goes out the window. Look no further than the fact that there are cannabis cooking classes and marijunana meditation sessions offered throughout the city. Our personal favorite? The "Puff, Pass, and Paint" art seminar.
Next time you're in Denver, you can browse here to find an opportunity that suites your interests.
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