By Russ and Tiña De Maris
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As more and more Americans are lighting up marijuana legally, the combination of pot smoking and recreation was bound to happen. Cannabis consumers can rent vacation homes, tour and toke with fellow travelers, even whitewater raft with your reefer. But park your RV and puff the magic dragon? It appears that pipe dreams can be a reality – now there’s Smoke on the Water Campground.
Wayne Zallen is the head mover and shaker with this new Selma, Ore., venture. Zallen formed a company that puts together marijuana growing warehouses and leases them out in states where that activity is legal – Oregon being one. Zallen recently purchased an aging (and somewhat decrepit) RV park on Lake Selmac. Offering what they called a “soft opening” last month, Zallen says the company will put a lot of money into bringing Smoke on the Water to stellar glory, but is already welcoming guests to bring their RVs or stay in a rental cabin. And yes, bring your bongs – or whatever – because dope smoking is the raison d’être for Smoke on the Water Resort.
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Of course, there’s more than just smoke at Zallen’s campground. The outfit has struck a deal with the county to lease boat docks and beach access at the resort, so if a little canoe trip, fishing expedition, or just hanging out at the water appeals to guests, they’ll be right at home. Of course, the county has drawn the line. Since the lease is of public property, you’ll have to snuff out your stink-weed before you cross the line between the resort and the beach. After all, Oregon law allows “recreational marijuana use” on private – not public – property only.
Should your bud imbibing leave you a bit on the hungry side, fear not. The resort’s handy on-site store will carry plenty of “munchies” to satisfy even the most voracious of twinkie appetites. Eventually the outfit says it will have an on-site dispensary so if you run low on locoweed, you can restock without traveling. Alcohol? None for sale here. In the words of one state official, “You can be a bar tender or a bud tender, but you can’t be both.”
If the promises come true, tokers can also look forward to live music concerts, a community center, and unlike the previous owner’s policy, year-round accommodations. Zallen says he’s looking forward to providing a place for marijuana field workers to stay in winter, even when the lake is frozen over. Smoke on ice, anyone?
For more information, click here. Note the web page indicates promotion for Lake Selmac Resort – the company is presently changing over the campground identity to Smoke on the Water.