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A jar of "Island Sweet Skunk" marijuana sits on the counter in front of a mural of journalist Hunter S. Thompson inside Denver Kush Club. (Photo by Seth McConnell, The Denver Post/Getty Images)

The Straight Dope on Denver’s Marijuana Laws

National Geographic Traveler editor at large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips.

Here’s his latest advice:

Reader Question: I’m visiting Denver soon, and I admit I am curious about the new marijuana laws. What’s the deal?

My Answer: Let’s get this straight: I’m not advocating a mile-high experience in the Mile-High City, but here’s what inquisitive travelers should know.

Colorado’s Amendment 64 allows adults to legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis. Public consumption is illegal, and most hotels do not allow smoking in rooms. Visitors should remember never to light up while driving; you can get pulled over for the equivalent of a DUI under the law.

Also beware of eating marijuana-laced food, as it is difficult to know the amounts ingested. Some companies, such as My 420 Tours, offer multiday pot tours around Denver. Owner J. J. Walker says that it books hundreds of packages a month.

Christopher Elliott is Traveler magazine’s consumer advocate and pens the “Problem Solved” column for the magazine (this exchange appeared in the November 2014 issue). Follow Christopher’s story on Twitter @elliottdotorg.

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