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Legalizing Marijuana Boosts Hotel Bookings As Cannabis Tourism Takes Off, Study Shows

Legalizing Marijuana Boosts Hotel Bookings As Cannabis Tourism Takes Off, Study Shows

Colorado hotel room rentals increased considerably after the state began legal marijuana sales, a newly published study reveals. Washington State also saw increases in tourism after legalization, though the effect there was more modest. The two states were the first in the U.S. to allow adult-use cannabis through laws approved by voters in 2012. By

Colorado hotel room rentals increased considerably after the state began legal marijuana sales, a newly published study reveals. Washington State also saw increases in tourism after legalization, though the effect there was more modest.

The two states were the first in the U.S. to allow adult-use cannabis through laws approved by voters in 2012. By comparing hotel room rentals in Colorado and Washington to states that did not change their legal status of marijuana from 2011 through 2015, researchers found that legalization coincided with a significant influx of tourists and a rise in hotel revenue. The impact was even more pronounced after the start of retail sales.

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