Colorado travel stats, cannabis in Vegas and more from Obama on pot 


Here they come

Hopper.com, a travel-planning engine, recently released a study showing that, since Dec. 1, "flight search demand" for the city of Denver is 6.3 percent above the national average. Folks in some cities are looking for Colorado information at a rate well above that, such as Nashville (63 percent), Minneapolis (58 percent) and Detroit (53 percent).

"Although Denver's also been in the news for their January playoff run, that doesn't seem to be a major factor ..." says the site, which used data from around 10 million queries a day. (And we're not going to talk about the Super Bowl.)

Houston checks in at an increase of 28 percent in Denver-centric searches, a curiosity that Dallas Morning News reported Saturday is reflected statewide. "Much of that interest has come from Texas — and North Texans in particular, who've long invaded the Centennial State for skiing [and] snowboarding ... The law that took effect Jan. 1 has given Lone Star leisure-seekers another reason to visit."

Of course, Colorado Springs isn't of much use to the recreationally minded, but Convention & Visitors Bureau spokeswoman Chelsy Murphy says the CVB is still having to enlighten travelers on the finer points of the law.

And there's that little town down the road.

"We did actually have a meeting with the Manitou chamber this morning to kind of understand what they're looking at," she said on Monday. "Just a small internal meeting, but we want to make sure we're educated if someone does call."

Sin and smoke

Nevada's Campaign to Regulate Marijuana is currently writing ballot language that would bring recreational marijuana to the masses, the Las Vegas Sun reported last week. If the state legislature doesn't make the move in 2015, organizers would take it to the people in 2016.

"Based on the dynamics we're seeing in Colorado with full adult use being legal, it seems a natural fit," the paper quoted campaign official Joe Brezny as saying.

Nevada became a medical-marijuana state last year.

'President Obama is either ...'

In a recent interview with CNN, President Barack Obama further clarified remarks previously made to The New Yorker that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol. "First of all, [deciding] what is and isn't a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress," he said, adding later: "My concern is when you have very heavy criminal penalties for individual users that have been applied unevenly."

Marijuana advocates immediately responded to the first comment.

"The Controlled Substances Act explicitly gives the executive branch the responsibility to change the schedule of any drug without needing to go through Congress," wrote the group Just Say Now. "President Obama is either ignorant about his duties or straight up lied to [Jake] Tapper when directly asked about this."

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