Tourism advisors, for their part, have expressed varying opinions on the prospect of marijuana legalization in the country.
Although marijuana tourism is not yet a widely advertised niche in the travel market, there is no doubt that travelers are flocking to U.S. states like California and Colorado to enjoy these destinations legally, said Ryan Donsech, director of the VIP vacation group.
In the months following full legalization, these states produced numerous reports showing the extremely positive impact on the economies of their respective states.
According to Mr Donchech, this also applies to the overall objectives. When it comes to international travel, it’s no secret that similar marijuana laws in other countries – such as the Netherlands – are a big draw for travelers who want to see a new country and experience the local culture, he said. I have no doubt that Mexico would experience an economic boom if legalization were completed; I also think it would reduce petty drug crimes, making the destination much safer.
Richard Turen, a senior partner at industrial consulting firm Churchill & Turen Ltd, has a different take on the prospect of marijuana legalization.
This would certainly encourage people to choose their vacation destination because of the convenience of marijuana dispensaries, he said. Will this growth in tourism really benefit Mexican citizens? I highly doubt it. For many more expensive travelers, this is another good reason to avoid Mexico.
He added: It is difficult to support this plan because it clearly opens the door to mega-powerful agribusinesses. Only the truly naive believe that the cartels will not see this as yet another potential profit center under the guise of legitimate trade.
James Burghley, president of Be All Inclusive, does not believe legalization will change Mexican tourism in any way. Frankly, I don’t think it will make a difference, he said. It’s already legal in many US states and, frankly, travelers who want it at their destination will do so, legal or not.