Tech entrepreneurs in Colorado are finding new ways to bring marijuana into the 21st century, and as of Jan. 2, fans of recreational marijuana will be able to book a party bus where the drug is acceptable, if not encouraged. Denver’s High There Hopper will serve those who want to consume marijuana legally while they watch the city streets slide on by outside. Riders enter the bus (which is actually a limo) and are greeted by flashing lights and music, according to ABC7.
“We’ve all ridden in limos before -- people drink and consume alcohol in limos, [so] why couldn’t we provide the similar experience for cannabis users,” Brian Sherman, chief operations officer for High There.
Since the limo windows are tinted, and technically private property, the service is legal, according to a spokesperson for the Denver Office of Marijuana Policy. The main priority is the safety of Denver residents. There isn’t a partition between the driver and the so-called cannabis lounge, but the driver isn't allowed to smoke.
When the bus service starts up, in January, it is expected to operate in a downtown district of Denver. The company hopes to quickly expand to team up with events like the X Games, where they would like to provide transportation.
This is High There’s second prominent excursion into helping pot smokers connect with one another. Earlier this year, the company received some attention for its dating app, which connects lovers of cannabis. It’s like Tinder, the company says, except it weeds out those who don’t indulge. Medical marijuana users are also encouraged to connect with one another through the app, the company says.
Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado has been a boon for the state’s economy. In the first year alone, over $40 million was collected from taxes on marijuana sales. And a range of new pot-related companies, like High There, make for a robust addition to private industry in the state.