Colorado is known for skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor adventures, but now, North Texans are heading west for a new kind of Rocky Mountain high.
Tour groups from Dallas are heading to Denver, making a beeline for legalized marijuana in Colorado in what stacking up to be a multimillion dollar industry just months after pot became legalized.
One Dallas-based bus will head to Colorado next month and tour four marijuana dispensaries in three days.
From what you can smoke to what you can eat, tour operator Rick Moore sees opportunity.
"I hope people go and see all the different types of things," said Moore. "All the edibles...all the…you know, just tour curiosity."
Now that doobies in Denver are no longer dubious, marijuana sales have soared since Jan. 1.
Tax receipts in the Centennial State are already at $100 million -- $30 million more than originally projected.
North Texans are among the most enthusiastic.
"By far it goes Colorado first, Texas second, California third," said Colorado store manager Sean Barbas.
Tour operators say grass won't be allowed on the buses, though.
"I make sure I don't cross the line," said Moore. "There's a waiver form they have to sign. I'm gonna tag all the luggage to make sure we don't have anything coming back across the state line."
Criminal defense attorneys say it's wise to take those steps.
"As long as all marijuana stays in the State of Colorado, there's not going to
Be any criminal problems in the State of Texas," said defense attorney Toby Shook.
Moore says he will even have security on the bus, just to make sure the rules are followed.
And as long as there's a demand from tourists, Moore and other tour operators will be happy to make the cash.
Moore has about 30 percent of his bus filled up. It holds a little more than 50 people.
Tickets to ride the bus cost $235, including a hotel and a free breakfast. It leaves March 27.
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