Marijuana tourism: Denver business AirTHC rents properties to visitors who want to smoke legally

DENVER - With marijuana legal in Colorado, it's pretty easy for residents to buy and enjoy. But rules impacting where tourists can smoke have inspired a local business to try to fill a void.

"After a day of shopping at local dispensaries, those folks have the luxury of heading home. But what about out-of-towners who travel to The Centennial State for a weekend jaunt or a longer vacation?" the AirTHC website asks.

Smoking pot in public is still illegal and getting caught could mean a fine of up to $150 and up to 15 days in jail. Get caught with marijuana in a National Park (or on any federal property) and you could face a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail!

So where can tourists smoke?

According to a January 2014 report by the New York Daily News, there are only 600 hotel rooms in the area that permit smoking. Denver city laws prohibit marijuana consumption on hotel balconies if it is visible from any public place.

That's where AirTHC is trying to build a business.

"We help you connect with people who have marijuana-friendly vacation rentals, ensuring that you’ll have a private space of your own to smoke -- legally -- while you stay in Colorado."

The company launched its services earlier this month, to coincide with the annual celebration on 4/20.

AirTHC offers property owners the opportunity to cash in on the new tourist attraction -- by listing your rental through their service.

"There is no charge to property owners to list their available homes and apartments on AirTHC -- and you have the final say as to who gets to enjoy your hospitality."

The website includes a map of marijuana dispensaries from Englewood to Boulder.

See the full list of laws pertaining to consuming marijuana in Colorado here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuanainfodenver/residents-visitors

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