Interest in flights from MSP to Denver has never been higher since Colorado legalized pot

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Searches for flights from MSP to Denver are up more than searches from just about any other airport recently, and don't kid yourself into believing it's because of skiing or the Broncos.

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Instead, the reason is legal weed, or at least that's the conclusion emerging from a study put together by the travel research website Hopper.

Hopper's Patrick Surry found that the number of flight searches made by folks looking to fly from MSP to DEN is up 58 percent since the beginning of December. That's a bigger jump than any other airport with the somewhat bizarre exception of Nashville, where searches of that sort are up 63 percent.

Though correlation doesn't mean causation, Surry's study controlled for confounding factors like the possibility the uptick is simply due to heightened interest in Colorado skiing or NFL football (the Broncos hosted two playoff games this month).

Reached for comment today, Surry said that with regard to the cities where demand for flights to DEN seemed to surge -- other examples include Detroit, Cincinnati, and Cleveland -- "Minneapolis is definitely the outlier that was hard to understand."

"When we looked at where increased demand was coming from and plotted that out on a map, it didn't seem to be a random collection of cities," Surry said. "They seem to be clustered together in the Midwest and South, which overlays pretty well with states that have stricter marijuana laws."

"Minneapolis is the one place that didn't seem to fit that pattern," Surry continued. "I don't have a good theory for why that is, though we did see high demand coming out of Minneapolis and Chicago during the whole 'polar vortex' thing, so may it's related to the cold and people thinking about fun stuff to do in the snow, and that leads them to Denver."

C'mon, we said. We both know it's more likely Minnesotans simply want to get to Denver because there's a bunch of stoney folks living around here.

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Jake Lundgren
Jake Lundgren

We have had cheap air fare there for ever. That is most likely location and ski related. So long as the airlines keep these prices and don't try to charge more and make a bandwagon buck.

Crystal Rose
Crystal Rose

The flights from MSP to Denver are cheaper than most other US destinations.

Paige Ampersand Guggemos
Paige Ampersand Guggemos

Denver is a amazing and beautiful city. its bonus incentive to go there and have extra party supplies available or enjoy the open minded culture no matter what youre into or have available in MN.. they have made it legally & safely available. novelty is key.

Aaron Michael Scherbel
Aaron Michael Scherbel

Says the guy whos last name is "MN". And last I checked very few people in the MSP metro are selling edibles and concentrates, and there are hundreds of thousands of people who find the prospect of legally buying weed on US soil appealing, even if they dont smoke it regularly. :)

Jason Suess
Jason Suess

Also you need to be careful, you can have pot on you legally in the airport here, but once you step foot on that plane and have pot on you or you're luggage you're now under federal law!!

Anthony Laducer
Anthony Laducer

driving is better anyways and when i drove i didnt see one state trooper their or back and how would they know your coming from colorado anyways? they cant just pull over every oos car!!! speed limit licensed driver with insurance and wait till you get home to smoke and all will be good!!!! aaron when are we going? lol

vitajex
vitajex

In related news:

Today, Amtrak issued a press release through their Denver office.

"We at Amtrak would like to remind all of the potheads in America that we do- in deed- still exist. We still run trains (also known as 'choo-choos') out of many cities that will (eventually, hopefully) arrive in Denver, Boulder or any other major Colorado metropolitan area.

Yes, it will take you way longer and be less comfortable and- yes, there is actually a slightly greater chance of being involved in a fatal crash, but... come on! It's a train! Like in the old movies- you know! You can pretend to be Humphrey Bogart while you bogart the joint.

You know how people say stoned people get 'chinky-eyed'? Well, the railroad was built by ALL chinky-eyed people!

Trains: They're not just for getting around Disneyland anymore!"

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

No desire to purchase THC through state governments and fund war and debt.

Aaron Michael Scherbel
Aaron Michael Scherbel

Ya bud, I know, I've been to Amsterdam too. So let me rephrase. How many times have you legally purchased a bag for recreational purposes on American soil?

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Good luck driving I-80 with a load headed eastbound out of CO with OOS plates.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Numerous times. Read a book about the world outside America.

Aaron Michael Scherbel
Aaron Michael Scherbel

How many times have you legally purchased a bag of recreational pot in your life?

Aaron Michael Scherbel
Aaron Michael Scherbel

Why fly? You gonna bring back the weed on a plane? That's not smart. Driving is the only way to go.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Why would you fly to CO for pot when it is everywhere in the MSP metro at prices lower than dispensaries?

Matt Miller
Matt Miller

Brett Johnston should we be concerned?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

ever thought that it is SKI SEASON and that has something to do with increased interest???


you guys lack deductive reasoning skills...disgusting


theres always weed in MN, but there are no mountains in MN

SosMpls
SosMpls

Once you get there you will make up for the savings on your flight, if ya know what I mean!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Thanks to a wild spring break in Mexico the space inside my asshole is considered part of Mexico so I'm good to go.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@vitajex Less comfortable? You must have never ridden the train or you'd know that's its number one selling point. You have much more leg room than buses or planes and you can get up and walk around at will.  P.S. Your "chinky-eyed' comment shows everyone what an asshole you are.

Gary
Gary

Then do I have good news for you: YOU DON'T HAVE TO! Congrats! It'll be more burden for the rest of us who want to buy or grow legally, but someone's gotta do it, right?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Buying pot on the black market is a direct cause of cartel violence in Mexico so shut the fuck up Yoda.   The War on Drugs is an evil thing our government does.  Locking people into cages for smoking a plant is evil.  

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmanni just knew you had to be a pervert who puts it in his hole along with your brain.   Get some help.   

vitajex
vitajex

Hehe- yep!

And your comment show everyone how good you are at identifying satire...

Keep up the good work! Spending your life defending the poor, defenseless railroad industry from random, anonymous internet commenters- Is there a Kickstarter I can donate to? A MoveOn.org petition?

We need action!

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Yes! Keep going

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@digitalprotocol  Stupid if you consume any marijuana you are contributing to the demand for marijuana which increases the price of marijuana.  It's economics 101.  

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