Bart Allen sees the legalization of marijuana in Colorado as an opportunity. He set up Uberdank Destinations to give people a way to get to colorado and to get educated in marijuana he says.
"To take advantage of the new end to prohibition," Allen said.
On weekends Allen plans to drive a Mercedes bus, that can hold ten paying- passengers, to Colorado for an overnight trip. The trip costs $420 dollars and included a hotel stay. They will also stop at a dispensary on the way.
He says that his target passengers would be those who could benefit from medical marijuana.
"We are just trying to show them something they wouldn't know about otherwise," Allen said.
Allen did say that anyone is welcomed on the bus, though. Even if you just want an easy ride to Denver.
People around town had mixed feelings. Some were okay with the medical aspect of the trip, but not the recreational side.
"It ought to be limited for the medical people in need," David McCaughtry said.
Others thought it was okay as long as people were following the law. Many people were concerned with marijuana getting back to Kansas though.
"I don't understand how they won't bring it back, unless he frisks every single person that goes on his car," Stella Adkins said.
Allen says the sky is the limit for his company.
"We think it's a viable way not only to get to Denver, but also look at a new burgeoning industry ,that by all accounts, is going to be a multimillion if not billion dollar industry," Allen said.
However, the cop who heads up the drug task force in Saline County says Allen is walking a dangerous path.
Lt. Jim Norton says, "To me, it doesn't sound logical. It doesn't sound ethical."
Lt. Norton says tour operator Bart Allen would be in hot water if his van brings any marijuana back to Kansas, whether he knows about it or not.
He says even if Allen attempts to follow the law....there's no practical way for the tour operator to control what guests carry with them....and would likely be held responsible.
"I would caution him to be extremely careful," Norton adds. "If drugs are being transported back in his vehicle--he's advertising that this vehicle is being used for this purpose and if it's bringing drugs back into Kansas, there are criminal and civil penalties that could follow it."
Norton says at least 40 Kansas have expressed interest in taking one of his tours. He says they'll be able to smoke in their hotel room or at private parties. He says they can rent a limo and ride around smoking. As long as the drivers and smokers are separated in a vehicle, Norton says it's all legal. But, he is quick to point out this his van does not qualify.