Recreational marijuana use became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1, 2014. New companies have begun providing "cannibis tours" in anticipation of the expected tourism boom.

Legal Marijuana Era Dawns in Colorado

Several companies already are operating recreational marijuana tours. The state's ski industry may benefit from more tourists this year, as well.

The era of legal recreational marijuana use has begun in Colorado, with a limited number of businesses licensed to begin sales on Jan. 1, 2014. Experts say the available legal supply will not be sufficient to meet expected demand, at least initially, and they predict the drug's legal status will cause tourism to the state to spike during its busy 2013-2014 ski season.

The Denver Post created a new website named The Cannabist to cover developments in the nascent industry. Early coverage includes information for workers and employers about the state's legalization legislation, which allows employers to discipline or terminate workers for testing positive, even if their marijuana use was done while off the job. It remains illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or marijuana and to carry marijuana across state lines. What is legal is for adults over 21 to buy it and use it privately.

Several companies already offer recreational marijuana tours, and some experts believe the marijuana tourism business eventually could rival the state's ski industry.

The Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association's 2014 conference will take place in adjacent Arizona. How Colorado employers are coping with the law's effects is sure to be a hot topic during the May 28-30 event at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, with at least two sessions on the agenda devoted to states' drug testing laws and the effect of marijuana legalization on the drug testing industry generally.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Green Quadrant EHS Software 2021

    Reserve your copy of the new report by independent analyst firm, Verdantix, to get a detailed, fact-based comparison of the 22 most prominent EHS software vendors in the industry.

  • Best Practices to Navigate ISO 45001

    Learn helpful tips and tricks to navigate your transition to ISO 45001 certification and ensure an effective health and safety management system.

  • Improve Your Safety Culture

    Learn the 3 fundamental areas to focus on to achieve safety culture excellence and what you can do to boost employee engagement in your EHS programs.

  • Chemical Safety: 5 Questions Answered by Experts

    Get answers to 5 of the most frequently asked questions about how to effectively mitigate chemical risk, get the most value out of your chemical data, and gain buy-in for a chemical management technology program.

  • How Has COVID-19 Changed Safety Culture?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has provided unique opportunities for health and safety professionals to rethink how they manage risk and develop stronger safety cultures. Read this eBook to learn actionable steps you can implement today to improve your programs.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January February 2021

    January February 2021

    Featuring:

    • TRAINING: SOFTWARE
      Tips for Choosing the Best Training Software
    • COMBUSTIBLE DUST
      Assessing the Dangers of Dust Explosions
    • HAND PROTECTION
      Pushing the Boundaries of Hand Protection
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      Getting a Grip on Slip Resistance
    View This Issue