Cannabis tourism: 5 things you need to know before planning a trip

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Every time an industry starts making a lot of money, you can bet it will spawn other mini-industries. Such is the case with legal cannabis, which has now grown enough to spawn its own cannabis tourism industry.

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“Cannabis tourism” is pretty much what it sounds like. Bud and Breakfast’s website refers to it as “the process for people who want to use marijuana while traveling to do just that.” As a bonus, cannabis tourists could take part in tours and seminars dedicated to the long and festive history of the plant.

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The global recreational marijuana market is expected to be worth around $90 billion by 2026, Forbes reported. So there are plenty of places that can accommodate cannabis tourists. Nearly one-fifth of all American adults are considered “cannabis-driven” travelers who are interested in pot-related activities while on vacation.

As with all vacations, it’s a good idea to plan ahead before you travel with cannabis. And your first task as a cannabis tourist is to find out where recreational pot is legal and where it could still land you in jail.

Currently, here is where recreational cannabis is legal in the United States and its territories, according to US News & World Report:

  • Alaska.
  • Arizona.
  • California.
  • Colorado.
  • Connecticut.
  • Guam.
  • Illinois.
  • Maine.
  • Massachusetts.
  • Michigan.
  • Montana.
  • Nevada.
  • New Jersey.
  • New Mexico.
  • New York.
  • Oregon.
  • Vermont.
  • Virginia.
  • Washington.
  • washington d.c.

Be sure to read up on the laws before going to any of these places so you are clear on the rules before you turn on. Cannabis maps are available to help you navigate the laws of different jurisdictions. While you’re at it, you’ll also want to research when, where, and how you can buy recreational cannabis.

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Here are some other things to keep in mind, as noted by Forbes:

  • Do not cross borders in possession of cannabis products, as you may end up in a state or country where it is illegal. Also, since cannabis is not federally legal, you cannot bring it on planes.
  • Do not drive under the influence of cannabis. If you smoke, call a ride-sharing service or take public transportation.
  • Stay up to date with foreign laws and standards when traveling abroad, including individual municipalities. As Forbes points out, some popular European destinations have strict cannabis rules, including France.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who has previously held positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work has also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a BA in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting has earned him awards from the North Carolina Press Association, Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A North Carolina native who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story “Saint Christopher” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest short story competition. Two of her short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. Her first novel, Voodoo Hideaway, is published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

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