Hotels embrace cannabis culture

As more states move to legalize weed, cannabis tourism – defined as any sort of leisure travel where marijuana is legal with the intention of consumption – is positively booming. As of last May, it was a $17 billion industry – and it’s on track to grow significantly in the coming months. Currently, 21 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational cannabis, with more joining their ranks soon – and hospitality brands in these places are beginning to prioritize embracing cannabis-friendly travel.

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Earlier this month, Elevations Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality chain based in Arizona, announced plans to convert the Artisan Hotel Boutique, located just off the Las Vegas strip, into The Lexi, a 64-room hotel with the entire fourth floor designated as cannabis friendly – making it Sin City’s first cannabis-friendly hotel. According to developers, rooms located on the pot-friendly floor will feature “a state-of-the-art RestorAir filtration system that employs Advanced Oxidation Cell (AOC) technology.” The hope is that this property will help “normalize the idea of cannabis in travel.”

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The Patterson Inn, a historic nine-room bed and breakfast in Denver, recently announced plans to open what they’re calling the nation's first “weed consumption lounge” inside a hotel. The inn was the first business to apply for a license under Denver's new marijuana hospitality program. Set to debut later this year, the lounge will serve as a dedicated space where weed consumers can kick back and partake in a bar-type setting alongside fellow imbibers.

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One of the very first establishments to embrace cannabis-friendly culture was Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. The historic property struck up a pioneering partnership with cannabis delivery marketplace Eaze on a first-of-its-kind “Cannabis Concierge” program. Offered to guests over the age of 21, the program provides access to customized in-room menus featuring low-dose and non-inhalation hemp and cannabis products. What’s especially interesting about this program is that while Fairmont is notably cannabis-friendly, the hospitality company has an anti-smoking and vaping policy in all rooms and on its grounds.