Weed Tourism it’s a Thing – A Guide to Planet Earth’s Weed Friendly Destinations

Weed tourism. Had you said that to me 20 years ago I would have said “as if”. With marijuana legalization on the rise, people are actively seeking places to trail blaze (pun intended). Fact: when researching this article I found over 100k monthly google searches just for legal marijuana, weed legalization and so on.

I aspire to being a stoner when I’m retired. Why? Because God knows I don’t have the time, money or caloric deficit to be one now. But oh those college days… Still, there are tons, literally tons of people firing it up on the reg. Recreational marijuana is not as taboo as it once was. But what about those who can’t toke up? They live in one of the 46 states where burning a fat one is still illegal or maybe, like me, they don’t have the time to spare. Ding, ding, they travel! I mean after all, a vacation is meant to decompress, regroup and relax right? So, if you’re up in smoke, surely your mission will be accomplished. And for this reason, I’ve put together this guide of weed-friendly places to visit. So whip out that bucket list!

Weed is either legal or decriminalized — which means you can possess small amounts for personal use — in more places around the world than ever before. Marijuana legalization means opens new doors for tokers.

Enthusiast Tip: Now I by no means condone anything illegal, but if you live in a place where growing a plant or two of your own is on the up, then let me recommend cannabis seeds online which I discovered while researching this for this article.

The Weed Tourist Guide to Weed-Friendly Places to Visit

Toker’s Tip: Don’t be “that guy” smoking weed in public in most places is a no go. The general rule applies to keep your smoke to yourself. Make sure you get the most up to date info on a destination’s laws before you go. These things are always changing. Finally, always use the low profile method. Just because these places are cool with it, that doesn’t mean you should start passing the bong around on a park bench. And while you’re at it, check out Bud and Breakfast the lodging search engine for weed-friendly accommodations.  

 

North America marijuana legalization weed tourism

Colorado

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Colorful wildflowers, green fields, white clouds, and blue skies at Molas Pass (el. 10,910 ft./3325 m.) in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.

Photo by Robert Cross under the Creative Commons License

In January of 2014 recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado. This means you can possess up to ONE ounce of the funky monkey. Anything over that is a no-go. You must be 21 and if you’re a traveler (more than likely this is you if you’re reading this) you can buy a quarter of an ounce with each transaction. Colorado is a beautiful place to explore, fire it up and take it all in (the sights and the smoke).

Oregon

Oregon marijuana legalization weed tourism

Cannon Beach, Oregon

 Photo by Diana Robinson under the Creative Commons License

This is a new one to the list. Recreational marijuana was legalized here just this year on my birthday of all dates! July 1, 2015. If you go this year you’ll be able to tell people you went the year it was legalized. BUT this is one of the medical marijuana states which means you can’t buy unless you HAVE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD. Like Colorado, Oregon has countless places rich is natural beauty.

Alaska

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This was a good weekend for aurora watching up at Wickersham Dome

 Photo by FairbanksMike under the Creative Commons License

Another newbie in the land of marijuana legalization is Alaska as it became the third weed-friendly state in February of this year. Still like Oregon, it’s one of the medical marijuana states. So same rule applies as Oregon. But if you’re there and you’re baked, can I just say seeing the Aurora Borealis is a must and will make your high school laser light show at the local planetarium seem like child’s play.

Washington

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The forest at the top of the Lake Serene trail near Index, WA

Photo by NullSynapse under the Creative Commons License

Washington was the second of the U.S. states to pass marijuana legalization. Recreational marijuana in Washington is much like Colorado whereas adults can possess up to one ounce of retail marijuana, but unlike Colorado, out-of-staters can buy as much as residents (one ounce). This is another amazingly beautiful place to visit with countless breathtaking vistas and natural landscapes.

Jamaica

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Seven Mile Beach Jamaica

Photo by Jenni Konrad under the Creative Commons License

Despite popular belief, weed legalization in Jamaica just happened this year. People are allowed up to two fat ounces of the dank. With its beautiful beaches, this is definitely a place to smoke out and chill.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica marijuana legalization weed tourism

Near the Arenal Observatory Lodge – Volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls, surf and mountains, what more could you really want?

Photo by Sathish J under the Creative Commons License

Another destination rich in natural beauty. Possession of small amounts of marijuana is decriminalized here. With the surfing and rain forest, breathtaking waterfalls and wildlife, it’s no wonder there’s a huge weed scene here.

 

South America marijuana legalization weed tourism

Peru

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Machu Picchu

Photo by Bruce Tuten under the Creative Commons License

Not as lenient as some places in the states, but how much weed do you actually need to take up and see amazing places like Machu Picchu. With weed being decriminalized in Peru you can hold up to eight grams before you’re in troubs. If you ask me that’s pretty dope.

Colombia

Colombia marijuana legalization weed tourism

San Bernardo, Bogota, Distrito Especial

Photo by Liz under the Creative Commons License

Another great place to explore mountains and hills. Not my favorite destination of choice but none the less a place where weed has been decriminalized since 1994. You can have up to 22 grams without being charged!

Uruguay

Uruguay marijuana legalization weed tourism

Paragliding in Punta Ballena
Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay.

Photo by Jimmy Baikovicius under the Creative Commons License

Weed is legal here! Again, legal marijuana for all! Oh wait… you can’t actually buy it here BUT you can smoke it all day long. How does that work? Do you just have it given to you?

Ecuador

Ecuador marijuana legalization weed tourism

Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Photo by Daran Kandasamy under the Creative Commons License

Decriminalized but not legalized. Still there’s plenty of beautiful places to explore where you can toke up and chill.

Argentina

Argentina marijuana legalization weed tourism

Lago Argentino, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

Photo by Aldo Carettoni under the Creative Commons License

Marijuana use here is decriminalized for recreational use which gives you plenty of opportunity to burn one and kick it in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

 

Europe marijuana legalization weed tourism

Netherlands

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Amsterdam is a beautiful city.

Photo by faungg’s photos under the Creative Commons License

Where everyone went before everyone else started legalizing. Here you can have up to five grams of marijuana in public, and possession is legal in coffeeshops and decriminalized for public use. Amsterdam is a beautiful city rich in history and art. I highly recommend it. And I highly recommend a space shake or two.

Portugal

Portugal marijuana legalization weed tourism

Lagos, Faro, Portugal

Photo by Tim Venchus under the Creative Commons License

This is a free for all country where in 2001, they decriminalized the use of ALL drugs. You can possess up to 25 grams of weed for personal use. There’s tons of history and natural landscapes to explore. Definitely one of my top choices.

Christiana, Denmark (in Copenhagen)

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Christiana Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark

Photo by Valentin d’Ersu under the Creative Commons License

In this one little spot in Copenhagen for some reason marijuana is legal. Its laws are separate from Denmark. You can actually buy up to several kilos on “Pusher Street” like whaaaa.

Asia marijuana legalization weed tourism

Nepal

Nepal marijuana legalization weed tourism

This mountain is called ‘Aama Bhujung’, which means a pregnant mother in local language. Locals believe that visiting this mountain can cure ones infertility.
This mountain couple is located few kilometers north from the Nghe Kharka, a himalayan Shangri-la.

Photo by Dhilung Kiratunder the Creative Commons License

Talk about finding your Zen. I mean, isn’t this like the poster child for stoner paradise? Hitting the old peace pipe with Buddhists… All true and need I say stunning!

Cambodia

Cambodia marijuana legalization weed tourism

The beauty and mystical ambience of Ta Prohm. Angkor, Cambodia.

Photo by Peter Nijenhuis under the Creative Commons License

Here is the one exception where burning a fatty in public is legit. Weed is decriminalized here, and with their loose laws, It’s a very common sight to see people buying and smoking marijuana in public. Look for “happy” restaurants weed-filled foods. But seriously though, how about Angkor! Completely breath taking.

Call it what you may, the 420 vacay, marijuanalust, stoner’s weekender…whatever you call it, weed tourism is pretty dope. Marijuana legalization around the globe is inspiring more and more people to travel. Happy burning and safe travels!

 

 

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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