When the State of Washington voted to legalize marijuana in November, legislators envisioned a tourism explosion. As such, they have begun to prepare for this sudden influx of visitors in an attempt to prevent pot tourism from opening the door to illegal activities. A new state-hired consultant projects that the State of Washington may earn an additional $180 million a year in tax revenue from marijuana sales alone.
Entrepreneurs are also preparing for marijuana tourism as a serious tourism industry and would like to see Washington's pot tourism take-off in the coming years. They have already begun planning different business models in order to take full advantage of the pot tourism. Even Washington's wine industry has anticipated full tours through organic pot farms, similar to winery tours and brewery tours.
Washington's new pot tourism will mean that more individuals will be able to get into the mix, including tour guides, guidebook writers, and even smoothie companies who are looking to sell marijuana infused smoothies. Local artists have even begun to create merchandise and art works that in an attempt to sell Washington's new "brand" of tourism. These coffee mugs, t-shirts, and hand towels will depict the most popular marijuana strains.
Even the Seattle police have gotten into the mix and have provided a guide to the legal use of marijuana. This guide is titled "Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use in Seattle."