HARRISON — Trinity Madison sits at the picnic table at her campground’s common area, her mouth pressed to a bong. She lifts her head, breathes out a plume of smoke, and laughs. It’s 4:20 p.m., and for Madison, it’s just another day at the office.
Madison is the owner of Camp Laughing Grass, a newly opened, cannabis-friendly campground in Harrison for those 21 and older that offers traditional campsites, cabins and “glamping” tents.
Her campground is one of what some expect will be several non-cannabis businesses taking advantage of Vacationland’s long-awaited legal cannabis market opening last fall. Still, regulators say aspiring business owners should tread lightly in what is a “murky” and untested portion of the state’s legal cannabis law.
Camp Laughing Grass is, for all intents and purposes, “Not that different than a KOA (Kampgrounds of America),” Madison said, with the exception that “when we find you smoking weed, we’re not going to kick you out.”
That, plus the nods to cannabis sprinkled throughout the décor, such as the hemp soaps in the shape of marijuana leaves on the beds, or the sign in the common area that says “coffee sips and bong rips,” the smoking pieces available for sale and the volcano vaporizer that gets turned on at the same time as the coffee pot in the morning.
Camp Laughing Grass boasts 10 campsites, though Madison hopes to expand that to 20 by next year, including the addition of some teepees.
The camp is BYOB – bring your own bud – and smoking cannabis is encouraged. Drinking alcohol is discouraged, and smoking tobacco is prohibited.
Guests have access to the Crooked River for kayaking, floating and swimming. The common area has picnic tables, a fire pit, s’mores kits for purchase and plenty of board games, including Ganjaland,