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January 9, 2014

Kansas man plans weekend marijuana buying van trips to Denver for (surprise) $420

A Colorado man is planning to offer rides from Salina to Denver for adults who want to buy legal marijuana.

A Colorado man is planning to offer rides from Salina to Denver for adults who want to buy legal marijuana.

Bart Allen says he hopes to begin driving a 12-passenger Mercedes van for Saturday overnight trips to Denver this weekend. Allen said his target customers for his new shuttle service, called UberDank Destinations, will be people 45 or older who want to learn whether the drug could help them ease medical conditions, The Salina Journal reported (http://bit.ly/19fNhkv ).

"I have found that for most of the people I know, when you get sick, the rules change immensely for what you think is right and wrong," Allen said. "You do what you have to do to take care of yourself."

The $420 cost of the trip will deter recreational pot users from reserving a seat on his van, Allen said.

He said on each trip his passengers will tour at least one marijuana dispensary and grow site in Denver, and spend the night in Denver before returning on Sunday.

Allen, who said his primary residence is now Denver, watched as the city geared up for the recent legalization of recreational marijuana. He said he returns often to Salina, his hometown, and began to think perhaps he could provide a passenger service for other Salina-area residents.

Allen said that in Colorado, medical marijuana is available only to people with a medical marijuana card and is taxed at a rate of 7 percent. He said Kansans who buy marijuana will have to pay the 25 percent recreational tax rate.

Although Colorado has allowed legal marijuana use for adults, the drug remains illegal under federal law. According to the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy, marijuana can cause significant health and behavioral problems, especially for young users, and the drug can be addictive.

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