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Best buds: Can Tacoma capitalize on marijuana tourists?

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:49 am |
November 12, 2012 11:49 am

With the new marijuana law comes an opportunity.

Now that the people of Washington have decided the former devil’s weed may be legally consumed by adults, it’s likely that people from out of state – and perhaps from outside the country – may come for a visit and a stop beyond, say, Tokeland.

Seattle Hempfest Executive Director Vivian McPeak recently told the Associated Press, “It’s reasonable to assume that people will travel to Washington assuming that the federal government doesn’t interfere.”

McPeak noted how Amsterdam’s “Cannabis Cup” attracts tourists from all over the world, and how Vancouver, B.C., which has lax marijuana rules, hosts marijuana cafes that draw travelers.

And with our local attractions – the Mountain, the museums, Frisko Freze, Almond Roca – it’s not a stretch to imagine Tacoma as something of a local headquarters for pot tourists.

The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau “hasn’t talked about that internally,” Bennish Brown, president and CEO of the agency, said last week.

That doesn’t mean the subject of marijuana-related tourism isn’t ripe for discussion.

“Our focus has been on traditional and creative tourism,” Brown said. “I’m just becoming aware of it myself. We value basing our decisions on research. We will try to research this to become more educated about this market.”

One word comes to mind: “Tacomsterdam.”

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