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On the way home from a recent trip to the mile high city onboard Delta’s 757 in seat 1a, I was shocked. The flight back was at the end of a week and the last flight of the day. So it is easy to justify giving a pass on two fronts for this experience.
The first shocking experience came about mid-flight somewhere around the Nebraska and Missouri boarder. As we crossed into Missouri territory, I should have known the rest of my flight would have been intolerable. And this is when I was also shocked for the second time. One was sad and one left me cracking up all the way back to my seat.
I stopped by the galley to stretch my legs and ask for drink number two. That is when I found out the flight was out of Woodford Reserve. Oh what a travesty to have #firstworldproblems.
I found out the flight was out of Woodford during a conversation in the galley that went something like the conversation below. After this conversation I was left even more shocked than before.
Weekly Flyer: “I’d like a Woodford on the rocks, please”
FA 1: “Ok, let me check” – Checks two carts in the galley and asks another FA if there is any more Woodford onboard.
FA 2: “Looks like we are all out”
FA 1: “I’m sorry sir, we are all out of Woodford”
Weekly Flyer: “What else do you have?”
FA 1: “We have Jack Daniels”
Weekly Flyer: “I’ll take it! On the rocks please with a small bottle of water”
FA 1: “Must be a long day”
Weekly Flyer: “It is. This was the third and last city I’ve visited this week. Are you all ending after this flight?”
FA 1: “No, this is day one of three. Sounds like you’ve had a long week. Are you going home to smoke some pot” – FA 2 interrupts FA 1
FA 2- “We’re leaving Denver, not going to Denver”
FA 1 – Hand-In-Forehead. “Sorry, it’s been a long day” – hands over Jack Daniels on the rocks
To be fair, FA 1 thought we were heading to Denver and not from Denver where pot smoking had recently been legalized. So it was more of a current events conversation starter than anything. But I was caught off guard and laughed all the way back to my economy comfort seat with a Jack Daniels in hand.
This made me realize something, not that the conversation shouldn’t have come as surprise, but that there is a significant debate going on in terms of how the implementation of making pot legal in Colorado will occur.
With the recent vote to legalize pot in Colorado, I’m sure this topic will continue to play out in the coming months and years in the courts.
But one thing is for sure, Denver is a lot closer than Amsterdam. Given Amsterdam’s recreational activity of choice, could this impact their travel industry and be a boon for Denver’s travel industry?
What do you think? Are the Federal and Colorado state laws in direct contradiction? Will this play out by the Colorado law getting struck down or something else? Will this have a global impact to the travel industry?
At the very least this adds a total new meaning to the “Mile High” city.
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