Article by Kim Brunhuber, CBC News
To spend any time on this bus is to be sealed inside a giant bong on wheels.
The soundtrack is Bob Marley, set to a beat of snapping lighters and coughing. Welcome to the “cannabus,” a vehicle with tinted windows, about 30 seats, and one purpose: to facilitate the drinking of beer and the smoking of weed.
Someone hands a young woman a pipe containing a super-potent hybrid called Jah Goo.
“I like it. It’s niiiice,” she says and then bursts out laughing. “I’m really stoned.”
A dozen or so customers from several different states paid $100 US to go on the “Buds and Brews Tour” of a few San Diego breweries and a unique cannabis dispensary, organized by West Coast Cannabis Tours.
Among the first on the bus are Jill and Alan Mayor from Columbus, Ohio.
“You cannot do this in Ohio,” Jill Mayor says, shaking her head after taking a hit from a small glass pipe.
Back in Columbus, if you want weed, “you have to go to the other room to make the phone call,” Allan Mayor says, smiling knowingly.
Not in San Diego, not anymore. The sale of recreational cannabis became legal at the state level in California on Jan. 1 (it remains illegal under federal law). But more than a month later, only a few cities have issued the needed permits.
San Diego was one of the first off the mark. It has embraced the so-called “green economy,” hoping to capitalize on a potentially massive revenue stream from taxes and tourism. On this bus are some of the city’s first recreational cannabis tourists.