The Cannabis Experience will offer trips to DIA and tours of the Mile High City
Colorado’s first legal cannabis party bus is preparing to roll up and roll out on the streets of Denver this week, offering shuttle services to and from the airport as well as curated tours of the city.
The Cannabis Experience will debut its 12-passenger bus, decorated with flowers and other hippie iconography on the exterior and interior, after a test run on Wednesday with friends and family members of owners Sarah Woodson and Terrence Hewing. But they’re already accepting reservations for those seeking elevated transportation.
Although other cannabis buses have operated in Colorado before, they weren’t technically legal and all of them shut down or were forced to close by authorities. The Cannabis Experience, on the other hand, has a state-issued marijuana hospitality permit along with a license from the city.
Still, Woodson and Hewing are taking things slowly since there are strict regulations for how the bus can operate. For example, Denver requires marijuana buses have a GPS tracking system and ventilation that prevents second-hand smoke from reaching the driver. They are also required to submit pre-planned driving routes as well as timely updates if the routes change. That’s one reason The Cannabis Experience will start by picking up and dropping off airport travelers, as well as two of its tours, at Union Station.
“Because we’re first, there’s going to be a learning curve on how everything is going to work as smoothly as possible,” Woodson said.
The Cannabis Experience will be BYOB – bring your own bud – during curated tours such as Toking and Tacos, which will stop at several restaurants in a roughly two-hour timeframe, Woodson said. The company also plans to offer sightseeing tours of murals in the River North Art District and other local landmarks.
Folks who want to book a ride downtown from Denver International Airport will be able to do so during a certain window of the day — and the bus will stop at a dispensary along the way to let customers shop. Woodson hopes to secure a dispensary partner soon.