The company was launched shortly after recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado nearly a decade ago, and today offers marijuana-friendly classes as well as dispensary bus tours, marijuana grow ops, extraction facilities, hemp farms and breweries. But since 2018, Colorado Cannabis Tours has not allowed bus passengers or class participants to smoke weed within Denver city limits, according to owner Michael Eymer.
Marijuana tour operators emerged quickly after Amendment 64 was passed, thanks to a new state law at the time that permitted the use of pot in the back of limos or registered private buses. However, Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration and the Denver Police Department began cracking down on unlicensed marijuana hospitality businesses in 2018 over contested interpretations of this law. Since then, the city has required a Denver Pot Hospitality License for businesses wishing to permit pot consumption.
Denver’s Marijuana Hospitality Program didn’t allow mobile licensing until 2021, when it followed the state Marijuana Enforcement Divisionis in the lead. Eymer obtained his MED mobile hospitality license in April; he wanted to have that in hand before he applied to the city, he said.
According to Denver Department of Excise and Licensing, Eymer submitted two hospitality applications earlier this month: one for a property at 1910 South Cherokee Street, and another for a mobile permit that would allow a Colorado Cannabis Tours limo and sprinter van to operate in Denver. . The applications are for hospitality only, per excise and licensing, and would not permit the sale of marijuana products on board.
Eymer confirms that he has submitted the nominations, but is traveling and is not available for further comment.
Denver’s current licensing rules require any new marijuana licensee to qualify for one of three social equity requirements: they or a family member have been arrested on certain drug charges, their household earns less than 50% of the state median income, or they come from a community designated as a low economic opportunity area by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
According to Excise and Licenses, Eymer qualifies due to a previous marijuana arrest.
If approved, Colorado Cannabis Tours would be the first tour company licensed to accept marijuana in Colorado. Due to a state law prohibiting the sale of alcohol in marijuana hospitality businesses, alcohol would not be permitted in vehicles or at the facility.
Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012, but the legislature didn’t legalize state-level social drinking venues until 2019, and local governments must register there before a company can apply to operate one. Denver voters legalized the social use of marijuana in 2016, but the city’s hospitality program banned indoor smoking until last year, when the Denver City Council passed new rules regarding pot hospitality.
Since then, three marijuana businesses have been approved by the city for marijuana hospitality: Tetra Lounge, the Coffee Joint, and the Patterson Inn.