Concerns about marijuana use on Colorado ski resorts grow as legalization looms near

By Brenda Clemons,

The legalization of marijuana use goes into effect in the state of Colorado on Jan. 1 and already Colorado’s ski resorts are bracing for an onslaught of marijuana smokers on the slopes as weed ski trips are already being offered by travel agencies and other companies.

The Huffington Post reports that ski resort authorities are worried about the negative impact legalized marijuana will have on the industry. Everything from potential safety hazards on the slopes to what, if any, impact it will have on the industry is being considered.

Of greatest concern is that a large amount of marijuana smoking ski patrons may keep away families. Cigarette smoking is already banned from the lifts and slopes and the use of marijuana will be as well. Resort authorities are increasing patrols in these areas.

According to Fox News, travel agencies and other groups are already organizing marijuana ski tours, which include transportation and shopping at a legalized marijuana store. Ski resort officials are hoping that these smokers will be happy to hang out in cabins and not on the slopes.

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