Article by Shauna Hunt, CityNews
Ganga-preneurs are dreaming big when it comes to making our country a tourist destination for cannabis users.
The possibilities are endless, including pot tasting tours, cooking classes and bachelor parties. How about a weed inspired wedding? That idea belongs Neev Tapiero, a former Toronto dispensary owner turned tour operator who calls cannabis the new champagne.
“Edibles, open bar, the wedding cake itself. This could change the way couples get married,” said Tapiero.
Tapiero’s company Canadian Kush Tours is already taking reservations using the city’s hemp shops and unregulated vapor lounges as tourist destinations.
His dreams of expansion are laid out on his website and include a party limo, pot themed spa packages and romantic marijuana couples retreats.
While this type of tourism is already happening in cannabis-friendly places like Colorado and Amsterdam, in Canada, there are roadblocks.
“The provincial and federal tourism bureaus, I think, are completely unprepared for cannabis tourism. There is no information available,” said Tapiero.
The Hot Box Café in Toronto’s Kensington Market is still unregulated but has been in business for decades. It’s a place where medical marijuana users vape.