Rent a spot for some pot

JANE REDDY
Last updated 09:00 13/05/2014
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Reuters

HOLIDAY WITH POT: A man holds a sign referring to Colorado legalising marijuana with the state capitol dome in the background at the 4/20 marijuana holiday in Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.

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Fatuous spinoffs of Airbnb on the web include Solitairebnb (rent a room and play card games by yourself) and AuContrairebnb (rent a room with a guy correcting everything you say). 

But with recreational marijuana legal in the state of Colorado since January 1 comes the launch of the very real airTHC, a website for marijuana-friendly holiday rentals. 

Co-founder of the month-old service Jordan Connor says the company was created to help make a connection between property owners and tourists. 

"Recreational marijuana is now legal in the state of Colorado, but there are limitations.  You cannot smoke in public.  You cannot smoke in parks or on ski resorts. You also cannot smoke in bars and restaurants, and most importantly, you cannot smoke in hotels. Doing so can result in heavy fines and even jail time.  But you can smoke in private residences," Connor says. 

Inquiries about the website have come from a diverse demographic.

"There isn't a segment of our culture - across all political and socio-economic lines - that does not have its fair share of pot smokers," he says. 

"We have five-bedroom estates in the Berkshires and a single room studio apartments in downtown Denver ... we can help a young couple on a limited budget find the right accommodation or a billionaire tycoon. There is a place for everyone in Colorado." 

He says while properties were still being prepared for listings 12 homes had so far signed on and he  was hoping to have its first guest visiting the state through the booking service in the coming weeks. 

"It helps keep our state clean and helps tourists enjoy legal marijuana in the way that the law is intended," Connor says. 

See airthc.com

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