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Sunday May 24, 2015

By Chad Sivad

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Getting around Denver without a car is a very common activity for both residents and visitors alike. After enjoying everything that Denver's dispensaries and nightlife have to offer, you have a variety of options to help get you where you want to go.

While public consumption of marijuana is illegal in the state of Colorado, some cannabis-friendly transportation services may allow consumption in the vehicle. Always use consideration and respect when consuming marijuana in the city. Please visit Colorado's law page for more information on marijuana laws in Colorado.

Cannabis Tours and Transportation

There are many cannabis-friendly transportation services for individuals and groups looking to experience marijuana in Denver and some towns along the I-70 corridor. City Sessions can take you and up to 20 guests on private cannabis-friendly tours to destinations such as dispensaries, grow houses and edible cooking courses. My 420 Tours offers affordable 420-friendly tours in luxury party buses and Colorado Cannabis Concierge offers similar luxury transportation with customizable tour destinations as well. If you're headed to the mountains, Ski Buds Shuttle services can take you and up to four more passengers to the resorts including Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek resorts.


If you're staying in a hotel in Downtown Denver, be sure to inquire about shuttle services offered for guests. You can order shuttles to popular destinations such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Coors Brewery and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. 420 Airport Pickup is a cannabis-friendly shuttle service will also help you enjoy your visit to Denver to the fullest.

Public Transportation

Denver's public transportation system is very reliable with many major transit lines running late into the night after bars and clubs close. The Regional Transportation District, or RTD, has transit routes all over town including the Light Rail, Bus and SkyRide. You can easily plot your transit routes and estimate fares, Google Maps and other mobile apps. A bus ride only costs $2.25 per person, including transfers.

Quick Rides

Lyft... and Taxis... and Ubers... Oh My! These handy drivers help you quickly get to where you want to go without having to fuss with a crowded bus. You can download the Lyft and Uber app on most mobile devices to schedule a pickup based on your current location, even if you don't know the address of your destination. Many taxi companies offer mobile apps as well. If you're downtown, you can easily flag a taxi from the side of the road. However, an Uber ride tends to cost less than half of the cost of a normal taxi ride.

Car Shares

As long as you haven't been consuming alcohol or marijuana you can always hop in one of the many car share programs available in Denver. There are a variety of vehicles in most major neighborhoods that you can rent for short rides or longer adventures. car2go is one of the more popular variations of car shares offering 2-passenger smart cars that typically cost less than a taxi. You may also want to check out other car share services, such as zipcar, enterprise and ego carshare.


Bicycles generally must follow the exact same road laws as motor vehicles, which means it is illegal to consume marijuana and ride a bicycle at the same time. To avoid personal harm, DUIs and other citations, save the bike ride for when you're clear-headed and cannabis-free. That being said, Denver has 400 miles of signed bike routes making it an excellent city to enjoy by 'pedal'. Check out BCycle, which is a next-gen bike sharing system. With rental stations placed all over Denver, it makes it easy to rent and drop off bikes in different neighborhoods.

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