Party buses are becoming more and more popular. Almost every weekend I see one or more of my friends take a party bus to or from an event, or just ride around in the party bus getting drunk and partying. The buses have dance lights and often have stripper poles. You can consume all the alcohol you want in the back portion of the bus. People in Washington tried to modify that idea and do it with a marijuana twist. Essentially, the bus takes you to the best marijuana stores around, and customers can then consume it on the party bus in a similar fashion as people do with alcohol on party buses. I think it’s a great idea, however, the idea was short lived, as the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said that business model is illegal. Per the Seattle Times:
“You may not permit consumption or use of marijuana products on state-permitted charter and excursion vehicles, nor permit a driver to be exposed to marijuana smoke or vapor.”
What’s the logic?
“The commission believes activity in your vehicles is ‘in view of the general public,’ ” said the notice to operators. ”Your vehicles are ‘a public place’ or a ‘place of employment.’ “
This is yet another example of the hypocrisy that surrounds the rules of alcohol compared to marijuana. People can get completely inebriated in the back of a bus, but if people want to vaporize marijuana in the back of a bus, with a divider between the bus driver and the marijuana consumers, that’s not OK. Washington voters voted to regulate marijuana like alcohol. Either both substances should be allowed on party buses, or neither, but certainly not one over the other.