Impact of pot on travel hard to assess in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - A year after marijuana sales became legal in Colorado, the impact on tourism is difficult to assess.

The Denver Post reported Sunday at least 18 companies offer bus tours of marijuana facilities, and a Denver bed and breakfast markets itself as a "bud and breakfast."

But state-funded agencies aren't promoting marijuana tourism, and no statistics are available on its impact.

Colorado Tourism Office Director Al White says promoting pot-oriented travel could put the state in danger of violating laws. Marijuana is still illegal under federal statutes.

Richard Scharf, CEO of Denver's visitors bureau, says the market for marijuana tourism is tiny compared to Colorado's overall travel industry.

Scharf says the state gets 14 million visitors a year, and he doesn't see marijuana as a significant factor in those numbers.

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