If you really want to get high, be sure to visit Denali National Park after stopping at a local dispensary. Towering at 20,237 feet above sea level, Mt. Denali is the highest point in North America. Climbing to the summit is a feat of athleticism and bravery, not meant for everyone. Fortunately, the park offers stunning views and other less-treacherous walks for visitors to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Only a 3 hour drive from Anchorage, the adventures of Denali are sure to pair well with any cannabis product. While you’re at it, try a Reindeer Dog when the munchies set in – a sausage made of reindeer or caribou meat and pork or beef, topped with grilled Coca-Cola glazed onions. Alaska definitely isn’t for the timid!
Known as the Emerald Triangle, one area of Northern California is famous for growing some of the best cannabis in the world. Where Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties converge offers “rich soil and a Mediterranean climate that are to weed what the geology of the Napa Valley is to wine. The morning marine layer covers the hills in a dense, plant-nourishing fog, while the ‘terroir‘ adds a unique flavor to the finished herb,” according to Kindland. In north Humboldt County is the Redwoods National and State Park, full of trails winding through towering old-growth forests, ultimately leading to the Pacific Ocean. Keep in mind that consuming cannabis in national parks is still illegal, as the plant is still federally illegal. A 6 hour drive south brings you to San Francisco, where dispensaries are abundant and you can even get your cannabis delivered to your door. Look for products stamped with the “Humboldt grown” emblem to try the best of the best!
Visit Silverpeak Apothecary in Aspen, of course! Spend the day on the slopes and rejuvenate with our high-quality flower grown just 10 miles downriver from the base of Ajax Mountain. We also offer a curated selection of edibles, concentrates, tinctures, and accessories for your enjoyment!
Even though Maine voted to legalize cannabis, political gridlock has prevented any recreational dispensaries from opening. However, individuals can grow 6 plants and legally gift cannabis, so it is worth making a friend for your visit! Packed with national and state parks, New England charm, and spooky thrills, Maine is the perfect place to experience legal cannabis and explore. Foodies can rejoice on Fore Street in downtown Portland, known for its exploding food scene. If you’re looking for the picture-perfect lighthouse without staying too far from the city, head to Cape Elizabeth – or try one of the other 60 lighthouses in the state. Most tourists flock to Maine for its rugged scenery, like Acadia National Park. Traverse the scenic rocky coast to get there, or stop by one of the dispensaries in Bangor on the way. (Note – it is still illegal to consume cannabis in national parks.) Lastly, a trip to Maine wouldn’t be complete without a lobster roll! We can’t think of a better way to indulge in a case of the munchies than a delicious lobster roll on the beach.
Did you know Massachusetts was the first state to ban cannabis use over 100 years ago? As of 8:00am EST on Tuesday, November 20, dispensary doors are officially open in the Commonwealth, two years after the citizens voted to legalize. The wait times were long this morning, but worth it! As the market expands, there will be more options to choose from to elevate your adventures in the Bay State.
Usually the first stop in Nevada is the Las Vegas strip. To elevate your gambling experience, stop by the world’s largest cannabis mega-store, Planet 13. Stock up on all kinds of goodies before hitting the casino or checking out a show. If the Strip isn’t really your scene, try the serene Lake Tahoe area in the north. There are a number of dispensaries in nearby Reno. From there it is a quick drive to the gorgeous lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Visit in winter for world-class skiing (and hot-tubbing), or hike and swim in the summer. From parties to peace, there is an activity to pair with every cannabis strain in Nevada.
Portland is a big city with a small-town feel. After picking up your favorite products at a dispensary, stop by one of the 500 food trucks around the city – they had them before it was cool. The city is incredibly bike-friendly, so you can easily cycle between sights like the Japanese Gardens and the Portland Saturday Market on the Wilamette River. Just outside of the bustling city are gorgeous wineries to explore. You can become a wine expert and cannabis connoisseur in the same trip! If you feel like a day trip, travel back in time to Astoria, just two hours outside of the city, and visit the setting of your favorite childhood classic, “The Goonies.” Just south of the small port town is Cannon Beach, known for its iconic Haystack Rock. Oregon is one of two states that boasts an entirely public coast line, so the beaches are up for anyone to comb!
As one of the first states to legalize cannabis in 2012, Seattle is packed with dispensaries. The rest of the state is home to stellar grows, so you can always find something of high quality. Pick up your favorite products, then take a stroll along the waterfront of the Puget Sound and stop by a stall in Pike Place Market for some delicious locally made food and crafts to bring home. The city is surrounded by water on three sides, so it is never hard to find a spot to chill with a stunning view. If you want to explore outside of the city, you can take whale watching tours from downtown Seattle for a mind-blowing experience. A pod of Orca whales live in the Puget Sound and are sometimes even spotted from shore! The San Juan islands in the north are also a mystical escape from the city. Whether you are in to grunge music or scenic rainforests, Washington has all you need.
In 2014, citizens of Washington, D.C. voted to legalize recreational cannabis like other legal states. However, Congress stepped in and decided that D.C. cannot spend its own money to regulate the new legal market. That means that you can legally grow, possess, and consume cannabis in D.C., but you cannot sell or purchase it in a dispensary like in other legal states. Many are taking advantage of a gray area by creating a “gifting” culture. While we do not recommend breaking the law, we encourage you to visit D.C. and make some local friends to try some of the finest cannabis in the country.
As the second country to ever legalize cannabis nationally last month, there is plenty to see and do in Canna-da. Anyone aged 19 or older can purchase in a brick-and-mortar dispensary or place an order online. Don’t let the pot shortage scare you! A trip to Canada would not be complete without visiting Banff National Park in Alberta. You probably will recognize the stunning image of turquoise Lake Louise set against purple striated peaks. Home to hiking trails and world-class skiing, Banff is a spot to visit any time of the year. Plus – there is no cap on the number of dispensaries in Alberta, so chances are you can find legal cannabis nearby as the market grows! If exploring an urban landscape is of more interest, you are in luck. Canada boasts many chic, upscale cities to wander: Vancouver in British Columbia, Toronto in Ontario, and Montreal in Quebec. All come with their own personality and local flavors. (Note that each province has their own cannabis laws.)
While technically cannabis is not legal in The Netherlands, it is so common that authorities do not bother to charge anyone with a crime. Strangely enough, the so-called “coffee shop” that sell cannabis products are legal. Better yet, tourists do not have to show proof of Dutch residency to purchase! If you are willing to risk breaking the law, why not try a “space cake” from one of the many coffee shops in Amsterdam before cruising around the canals on a bike? After all, there are more bicycles than people in the city!
Uruguay’s claim to fame is being the first country to ever legalize recreational cannabis use back in 2013. As of last year, locals can now buy cannabis over the counter at some pharmacies. But don’t get too excited – you must be a Uruguayan citizen to enjoy the legal drug. For now, it is worth heading down there for the surf, wine, and culture. Learn a little Spanish before you go and make friends with a local to try some of the high-quality cannabis.
What’s the Difference Between Decriminalized and Legalized Cannabis?
There is a big difference between legal and decriminalized when it comes to recreational cannabis. There are many articles online that encourage tourists to try cannabis in countries where it is just decriminalized, not legalized, like The Netherlands.
In countries or states where cannabis is decriminalized, law enforcement typically gives out civil fines instead of criminal charges for personal possession of cannabis. However, cultivation, production, and sale of cannabis is not regulated by the state, and purchasing cannabis is illegal. But if you are found with a small amount of cannabis on you, the police will not charge you. Remember that when you are traveling abroad, you are subject to the laws and punishments of the host country. While the drug may be decriminalized, that does not necessarily mean you are immune from arrests. 13 states have decriminalized cannabis use:
- New Hampshire
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
In order for cannabis to be legal, the laws abolishing the drug must be lifted and legislation for a regulated market must be in place. This also allows the country or state to tax sales of the product. In Colorado, for example, recreational cannabis is taxed at 15%. Of the $211.1 million tax dollars generated from medical and recreational cannabis sales in 2017, around $41 million went to education and public health programs.