Oregon’s largest city earned the nickname ‘Potland’ in part, due to its oversupply of marijuana and subsequent cheap product pricing. In 2015, the state legalized recreational marijuana use and the hipster capital quickly became known for its cannabis culture and activism.
Portland is home to multiple travel agencies offering opportunities to tour marijuana grow facilities and see first hand how cannabis is cultivated.
Since legalizing marijuana in late 2018, pot-driven tourism has been all the buzz in Canada’s most populous city. Toronto has opted to allow for outdoor public use which means more relaxed consumption than some other neighbouring regions. (Manitoba and Saskatchewan completely banned smoking weed in public, including sidewalks and patios). Toronto is also home to a few unique lounges where pot enthusiasts can light up and chill out while playing video games or watching reruns of their favourite shows.
Edibles have not yet been legalized in Canada, but classes which teach you how to cook and create your own cannabis infused foods with are up and running in the city.
Colorado was the first American state to fully legalize recreational weed and the cannabis industry in Denver has been flourishing ever since. The city is full of pot-friendly hotels, cannabis focused tour companies and incredible dispensaries. In fact, there are more than 150 recreational dispensaries in Denver, making selection alone a reason for the city to be on your list. Denver is also home to the noteworthy ‘International Church of Cannabis’ where attendees can legally consume.
Las Vegas, Nevada
If you head to Las Vegas, it’s all about the glitz and glamour. Canna tourists can visit the Cannabition Cannabis Museum and check out the world’s largest bong. Vegas is also home to Planet 13, the worlds largest dispensary with a drone operated lighted orb show.
While cannabis was only fully legalized in Canada in October, 2018, its recreational use was often tolerated and more commonplace in Vancouver, compared to the rest of the Great White North. The laidback, pot-positive attitudes and outdoorsy culture of the west coast seaport make it the perfect travel destination to go green and soak in some nature.
San Francisco, California
A vacation to San Francisco has always been an appealing, but now that California’s recreational marijuana laws are in place, it has become a much more stoner-friendly vacation spot. While public consumption is still not permitted, San Francisco laws are unique in that they allow for consumption lounges attached to their legal dispensaries. Canna-tourism in the city provides plenty of opportunities to visit grow facilities, or tour dispensaries via ‘bud crawls’.
It’s likely that Amsterdam attracts more marijuana enthusiasts annually than any other city on the planet. Thanks to its cannabis coffeeshops, Amsterdam has earned a reputation as the weed capital of Europe, but the Netherlands are another surprising nation where the plant is not actually legal (yet). Cannabis has been decriminalized which basically means it is tolerated. This means nothing will happen to you if you choose to go into a coffee shop and smoke it and/or take some home for your own personal pleasure (5g or less).
Amsterdam is a still a top travel destination for all things canna but recently the government has been cracking down on the cannabis tourism industry, closing some existing coffeeshops and prohibiting the opening of new ones.
Known locally as ‘ganja’, the plant has a long and celebrated history in Jamaica, connected to the Rasta religion and the country’s most famous singer, Bob Marley. Popular culture has often portrayed the Caribbean Island as a safe haven for cannabis consumption.
That makes it surprising to find out that weed has only actually been decriminalized since 2015. The law allows for locals (or tourists) to possess up to 2 ounces, but if you happen to be Rastafarian, you can use unlimited amounts for religious purposes. Although not technically legal, cannabis tourism has flourished in Jamaica with pot-friendly accommodations and tours to visit Bob Marley’s famed birthplace, Nine Mile.