SPOKANE, Wash. -- The owner of a local bed and breakfast said he's ready to cash in on Washington’s marijuana industry.
The owner of the “1899 House" in Browne's Addition, Louie Flores, is hoping people from out of state looking to get high stay at his business. Flores even built an outside smoking area to cater to his guests.
“It all starts with a great place to stay,” said Flores.
He said he never intended his bed and breakfast to be used for anything else but leisure and business travelers, but it all changed with a phone call.
“It was probably about two months ago, saying ‘hey, ‘we're going to be over there in July and can we smoke marijuana at your facility?’ I really didn't know the answer to that so I called the Liquor Control Board and also went to a stake holders meeting that the City of Spokane was having regarding marijuana.”
Flores found out that if he built a designated smoking area outside the bed and breakfast and out of public view, he could market to guests that the 1899 House is marijuana friendly.
Flores is embarking on what some are calling the ‘great green rush.’ He's working with Seattle-based Kush Tourism, a company that specifically markets marijuana tours. Its founder, Michael Gordon, sent a press release announcing the partnership between Kush and the 1899 House, saying he believes Spokane is poised to be the leader in the cannabis industry in Eastern Washington.
Flores said he's already booked several guest looking to smoke marijuana for late July, but the details of what will happen on marijuana tours is still being worked out--and so is the price. Flores estimated it could cost up to $1,000 for an all-inclusive pot getaway.
“It's super relaxing out here,” Flores said from his new smoking area. “That's the whole point of it is to relax.”
Flores added neighbors were okay with him having marijuana users smoking outside, and that it would not be an issue.