420-friendly travelers are flocking to Denver to take advantage of recently relaxed laws where anyone over the age of 21 years old can buy marijuana for recreational use.
Since retail marijuana sales and use became legal this year, thanks to Amendment 64, business owners in Denver are seizing the moment and welcoming the world to take advantage of the Mile High City and all it has to offer, including marijuana enhanced vacations.
Whether it’s a concert, a stroll down the 16th Street Mall, visiting Denver’s plethora of art museums or hiking through the Rocky Mountains, visitors can now enjoy their favorite activities with the added buzz of a little ganja.
There are still rules, governing the use and possession of marijuana, so visitors to Denver and Colorado will want to take caution to ensure your trip doesn’t end with an unscheduled trip to the pokey. Most importantly, it is still illegal to smoke marijuana in public. Be discreet. Secondly, sharing your bounty with anyone under 21 is a serious offense and certainly isn’t worth the risk of ruining a good vacation. Lastly, be courteous and mindful of those around you.
Several tours chauffeur visitors to various 420-friendly retail dispensaries in Denver. Both bus and limousine tours are available for reasonable prices. Tours include an overview of local laws, answers to safety questions, a goody bag full of tools smokers will need to get started. Tours range from quick trips to purchase products to extended excursions that visit several dispensaries and offer an in-depth look into the marijuana industry. Notable tours: Mile High Pot Tours of Denver, Colorado Cannabis Tour, Colorado Highlife Tours, and Guidehop’s Denver Pot Tours.
With hundreds of various strains, edibles, drinks and products to choose from, it’s a good idea to ask retailers about best strain or product for the activity you are planning. Leisurely strolling down the mall and engaging in a little retail therapy may be enhanced with a hybrid, while more vigorous activities such as climbing mountains may be better suited for a mellow indica strain. Bud tenders are knowledgeable and often have first-hand experience of their products, and most are eager to share their knowledge.
Denver businesses are subject to the Indoor Clean Air Act, but hotels that offer smoking rooms have the freedom to decide if they will accept smoking marijuana indoors. A few local favorites are the Warwick, located just a few blocks from downtown, and Adagio Bed and Breakfast on Race Street.
There are endless opportunities to recreate in Denver, but there are a few tried and true favorites that are best experienced with a little herbal enhancement.
The Golden Triangle—Located at the top of the 16th Street Mall, this area is home to the Denver Art Museum, the public library, the CELL Museum and several others. The architecture and outdoor art alone are worth the stroll, although the CELL museum offers very intense, anti-terrorism displays that may be enhanced in a not-so-fun kind of way.
The Denver Pavilions—The pavilions, located at Glenarm and 16th Street, is the perfect place to indulge in shopping, a few drinks, leisurely coffee, dancing or bowling.
Elitch Gardens—Within walking or light rail distance of downtown, summer time at Elitch Gardens can be a magical experience. And for extreme thrill seekers a few hits of the vape pen before hitting the roller-coaster can add to the adrenaline rush.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre—15 miles west of Denver, Red Rocks offers concerts all summer long, but is also open to the public for running the stairs or just enjoying a picnic and the fresh air.
Colfax and Broadway—The East and South corridors of Denver offer endless options of eating establishments, dancing, pool-shooting and even ping-pong playing activities, all within walking distance of downtown.
Remember to recreate responsibly, including a designated driver. Learn the laws before you arrive, and enjoy your time in Denver and get the most out of your Rocky Mountain High.
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