Denver, CO –

United, Southwest, and Frontier may benefit from a 20% increased interest in flights to Denver since the state legalized recreational marijuana, which when into effect at the start of the year. Each of those airlines has a hub at Denver or operate a large number of flights in/out of Denver.

The number of people looking at flights to Denver has soared by as much as 50% in some cases as recreational marijuana sales grow in healthy double-digit figures. Coincidence? Probably not. Cities with the highest searches to Denver are also cities with some of the toughest drug laws in the nation such as Nashville, Minneapolis, Detroit and Cincinnati according to Hoper Research of Boston. Cities where marijuana is nearly legal and medical marijuana is already available saw only a negligible bump in flight searches.

As of the start of the year, it became legal to buy, sell, possess and smoke marijuana for recreational purposes, as long as you’re 21 and over, and don’t take it out of Colorado.

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