Plans to open a 420-friendly ranch resort this summer in southwest Colorado went up in smoke after the property was recently sold. (David McNew, Getty Images file)

CannaCamp: Pot-friendly ranch resort postpones opening to summer 2016

The marijuana-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado that has been plastered all over international media for a month isn’t opening this week, or even this year, as planned, The Cannabist has learned.

In fact, CannaCamp’s opening, once scheduled for July 1, has been pushed to next summer after a misunderstanding between the hospitality group and its land partners, according to organizer MaryJane Group.

“I’m disappointed beyond words that the originally planned CannaCamp Bud+Breakfast location did not work out to our standards,” MaryJane Group CEO Joel Schneider said in a release. “We’ve dedicated enormous amounts of time, resources and money to the CannaCamp Bud+Breakfast concept; but sadly, our land partners failed to secure the 170-acre ranch in Durango we had been promised.”

CannaCamp was first announced in early June as a resort located on a 170-acre stretch of wilderness near Durango. Guests paying $395 per night, with a three-night minimum, could smoke marijuana on their luxurious cabins’ front porches when they weren’t hiking or doing yoga, Schneider promised at the time.

The 420-friendly news of CannaCamp immediately went viral, and it wasn’t long before Jimmy Fallon was extolling the “Pros and Cons of Going to Marijuana Camp” on his late-night show. But soon after the buzz around CannaCamp picked up, The Durango Herald reported that CannaCamp didn’t have an actual ranch to all its own.

The MaryJane Group had formed a partnership with Silverton resident Vanessa Roberts, a member of the family that had owned partner site Wilderness Trails Ranch in Bayfield for more than 45 years. But the ranch had recently been sold, and even though the MaryJane Group had been assured that CannaCamp would still work under the guidance of the ranch’s new owners, that never panned out.

“We’ve decided the best decision to maintain the integrity of the Bud+Breakfast brand is to discontinue our partnership with that land partner and continue with our own expansion,” said Schneider, who oversees three cannabis-friendly bed-and-breakfasts in Colorado.

While the organizers initially said they were hoping to keep the ranch in the Durango area, the MaryJane Group now says it’s looking “elsewhere in Colorado.”

As for the customers who have already booked their ranch experience, the MaryJane Group says it will make good on the reservations via its pot-friendly bed-and-breakfast properties in Denver, Silverthorne and Colorado Springs.