As more and more states relax previously stringent laws and regulations regarding the sale and recreational consumption of cannabis, a niche tourism concept has slowly emerged. Users, rejoice! Cannabis tourism is absolutely a thing, and now is the best time to experience it for yourself.
Here in the US, a handful of locations have arisen in recent years to gain a solid footing in many a list of places to visit for cannabis enthusiasts in the country. In this short guide, we’ll list down these top weed-friendly destinations that you can check out on your next vacation.
Las Vegas, Nevada
The sale of cannabis for recreational purposes is a very new development for the city of Las Vegas, where it was only allowed in 2017. Within a year, though, weed has brought in more tax dollars in revenue for the state, outstripping liquor sales by at least 20 million dollars in 2018. Needless to say, the addition of toking in the list of things one can do in Sin City has certainly made it a more attractive destination to those who desire a thrilling Las Vegas party weekend.
Go for a quintessentially Vegas dispensary experience by hitting up the famously over-the-top Planet 13, the largest cannabis entertainment concept in the world. The 112,000-square-foot superstore is a veritable theme park for cannabis lovers, featuring various trippy attractions to entertain guests as they browse the extensive menu. Further enhancing the buying experience is Planet 13’s dedicated sensory bar, where customers can sample cannabis in an experience similar to wine tasting.
Other locations worth going to include the Tasting Room at Las Vegas ReLeaf, where guests can sample ice cold cannabiers, as well as The Apothecary Shoppe across the Palms Casino, a dispensary that also includes gourmet edibles made by a 5-star Michelin-rated chef among their offerings.
Los Angeles, California
California’s breezy, relaxed attitude extends to cannabis, which has been legal for medical use in the state since 1996. Obtaining the product can be as easy as going online for a marijuana delivery service or checking into The Standard, Hollywood, which has a dispensary right on the premises.
You, too, can consume cannabis like a celebrity by attending a Cannabis Supper Club event or hiring a private chef who can customize a gourmet cannabis-infused menu for you and your closest friends. You can even pick up high-end strains and other offerings at MedMen, an upscale dispensary chain that proudly styles itself as the “Apple Store of cannabis,” or indulge in some delicious dosed baked goods at Cookies on Beverly Grove, which also sells flower and wax products.
If you are a cannabis user who also happens to enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, the city of Seattle could be the perfect vacation destination for you. Private, recreational use has been legal in the state since 2012, leading to the opening of several world-class dispensaries all around the Emerald City.
Picking up your product couldn’t be easier: Kush21 Premium Recreational Cannabis sells edibles, pre-rolled joints, flowers and concentrates at unbeatable prices and is a very short 5-minute drive from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Have a Heart, on the other hand, has several branches in the city, with their Belltown location just a quick walk from well-known tourist attractions such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.
Keep in mind that while it is legal to purchase cannabis in the state, consuming it publicly is still against the law, and you can get a $27 ticket for doing so. Stick to private properties or your hotel’s smoking room, if the establishment allows it.
Colorado has the unique honor of being the very first U.S. state to legalize recreational cannabis use, and the city of Denver has a growing cannabis tourism industry that welcomes visitors. Since 2016, visitors can smoke marijuana in public, in social settings such as a local bar or lounge, as long as the establishment possesses a special permit.
There are also plenty of cannabis-friendly accommodations to choose from in Denver, from cool “bud+breakfast” concept establishments to the very first hotel in the United States built with smokers in mind—the eclectic NATIV. Moreover, you can elevate your weekly yoga with a session at the Bend & Blaze Studio, or take in an afternoon painting class with Puff Pass & Paint (or Puff Pass & Bake for their cooking class). Conversely, High End Transportation is a weed-friendly service that incorporates an optional stop at any dispensary of your choice with their airport transfers, while also offering discreet, memorable 420 tours of the city.
As laws are subject to change at any time, it’s always a good idea to keep abreast of the most up-to-date state legislation and city ordinances before booking your trip. In many states, you may be asked for a medical marijuana card or additional documentation even if you are purchasing for recreational use, so keep that in mind as well.