Risky 'pot tours' gain popularity

Paul Marble, Cody Holyoke

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Risky 'pot tours' gain popularity

By Paul Marble, Cody Holyoke. CREATED May 13, 2014

MILWAUKEE - You can find them all over the internet: Marijuana treks to Colorado. From buying it, to smoking it, to cooking with it. You can get the full experience.

"You have to be 18 or older with a license if you live in Colorado. We don't have to have a license," says Liz Dombek and Kevin Gutierez. The couple spent months planning their trip out west. They both smoke pot, and are excited to be in a place where it's legal.

Kevin exclaims, "I don't want to get too excited. I want to contain myself until i get there and just let it go."

And Liz adds, "I think it's going to be interesting to see how natural it is. For people just to sell it or buy it."

The weed tours have exploded over the last few months. People from around the world have converged on Colorado.

Some hotels are even getting in on the action. Tourists are taken to shops to buy cannabis. They also see where it's grown.

Kevin can hardly wait, "We can go out there and by law have good clean fun. Which is something that would make my parents proud."

And it's all legal, as long as you don't smoke in public.

But is it truly *safe* to use? While some states have legalized it, the federal government has not..

But beware, most workplaces have strict rules about drug usage by employees. There have even been cases in Colorado where people were fired from their jobs for smoking pot on their own time."

Janet Heins, is an employment law attorney. She says, "if they find out that you've done that, that is something they can terminate you for here."

She specializes in employee rights. According to her, businesses often keep an eye on workers through social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

If bosses find out an employee is on a pot tour, it might give them probable cause to do a random drug test.

"Until there's a change at the federal level, in terms of legalization, I think it's going to be a problem for most states for employees."

That is not going to stop Kevin and Liz from going. They feel strongly about what they're doing, and think it's their right to smoke pot.

"At one point you just have to stand up for what you believe in. And if you get fired for having marijuana in your system then that's something you chose to do."

It also hasn't stopped thousands of others from going to Colorado to enjoy the freedoms there. You just have to weigh the risks.

Janet's advice, "Don't do it (laughs). It's not worth losing your job over."

But for Kevin and Liz, it's a lifestyle choice these friends are willing to take a chance on.

"It's for the young generation. It's something we believe in. Something we stand for."

If you're interested, weekend pot tours will usually run you more than a thousand dollars.

The packages often include limo services, hotel and even complimentary pot. It all depends on how fancy you want to get.

There haven't been any cases in Wisconsin of a worker being fired for legally smoking pot.

But because marijuana was just recently fully legalized in Colorado, Attorney Heins thinks it's just a matter of time.