America will open its first drive-through marijuana shop tomorrow.
In Parachute, Colorado, the Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru will dispense marijuana from 4pm to midnight on weekends to those looking for a quick high on the go. Colorado is one of the few states in the US where recreational marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older.
The opening date, written as 4/20 in America, is symbolic as it is a code-term for smoking marijuana. In 1971, five high school students in California would meet up at 4.20pm to smoke. It became a tradition and 420 became shorthand for consuming weed. 20 April is now the unofficial day to celebrate cannabis culture.
The drive-through is subject to the same regulations as all other recreational marijuana dealers. No one under the age of 21 is allowed on the premises, including in the back seats of cars. Marijuana is also not allowed to be visible from outside the dispensary. And, of course, it is strictly illegal to drive under the influence.
The town manager, Stuart McArthur, said a drive-through marijuana dispensary was “a very creative and innovative idea.”
The town of Parachute only has 1,100 residents and marijuana sales made up nearly 30 per cent of the 2016 sales tax revenue, making the market a significant portion of the local economy.
"I didn't set out thinking this would be national news," the drive-through's chief executive Mark Smith told the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent. "I didn't have some big epiphany. I just saw a need for our customers."