As recreational cannabis gains legal status in more US states, it has become an integral part of the daily lives of Americans. Unsurprisingly, many are eager to enjoy cannabis while on vacation. In fact, the United States has witnessed a staggering increase of over 600% in Google searches for “weed-friendly vacation spots.”
While there are plenty of cannabis-happy destinations to be found stateside, the question becomes a bit trickier outside of the United States. Some countries, like Portugal, may not have officially legalized cannabis but still maintain a welcoming stance toward its use. On the other hand, destinations like Malta impose substantial fines, despite technically permitting the use of weed.
Cannabis-Friendly Vacation Destinations
“People around the world are finally opening their eyes to the wonders of cannabis, but lawmakers are so slow in keeping up that you would suspect they’ve smoked a blunt or two themselves. Not every country shares the community’s view that our favorite plant should be legalized, so stoners must be extra careful when booking a getaway. You don’t want to be caught with an edible stashed away when boarding a plane to a country where marijuana is off-limits, but going cold turkey would put a real downer on the vacation… Luckily, there are plenty of destinations to fly to where you can relax without the worry of locals and law enforcement sniffing out your stash,” says Jonathan Bohun, founder and CEO of WEEDAR.
With these factors in mind, WEEDAR recently released its list of the top weed-friendly travel destinations.
Canada has emerged as a trailblazer in the world of cannabis, boasting full legalization for the cultivation, possession, acquisition, and consumption of the plant. Priced at an average of $6.9 per gram, cannabis has become a legal and accessible option for Canadians. Beyond the allure of legalized cannabis, Canada offers a wide range of enticing destinations. From delectable cuisine and lively nightlife to breathtaking lakes and mountains, the country offers a vibrant atmosphere with endless positive vibes.
For cannabis enthusiasts seeking a safe haven, Mexico is an excellent option. With a plethora of picturesque beaches, captivating jungles, and awe-inspiring ancient ruins to explore, the adventures are never-ending. Mexico offers a very affordable cannabis landscape, but visitors should exercise caution and avoid heavily crowded areas when indulging.
Australia is a one-of-a-kind destination, mate! It’s got some epic wildlife, mind-blowing landscapes, and chill cannabis policies that make it stand out. With about 11.6% of Aussies enjoying a smoke, you won’t have trouble finding some dank bud Down Under. Whether you’re hitting the stunning coastlines or exploring the buzzing cities, Australia has something rad to offer for cannabis lovers who want to soak up the laid-back vibes and excellent blend of nature and culture.
According to WEEDAR, “Possession of small amounts of cannabis is decriminalized and, at most, you will receive a warning and a formal request to stop using cannabis rather than facing any significant penalties.”
Italy has long been one of the world’s most sought-after tourist destinations. Not only does it boast stunning architecture, breathtaking countryside, and rich history, but it’s also a must-visit destination for weed lovers. You can score some bud for around $9.5 per gram, leaving you with plenty of cash to splurge on Italy’s mouthwatering, world-famous cuisine when the munchies strike.
The Netherlands is an absolute haven for weed enthusiasts. Renowned for its iconic coffee shops, this country is a paradise filled with hash museums, the legendary “Cannabis Cup,” mind-blowing weed tours, and an array of food halls to conquer those munchies. It’s a place where weed tourists feel right at home, embraced by the welcoming atmosphere and a culture that celebrates the herb.
Thailand deserves a top spot on every weed smoker’s bucket list! This Southeast Asian gem has undergone a remarkable transformation in its attitude towards cannabis. Once notorious for having strict drug policies, cannabis use is now decriminalized. You’ll discover dispensaries sprinkled throughout its cities. Just be mindful not to toke up in public places or risk a heavy fine.
Chile is emerging as a rising star in the world of cannabis tourism. With a progressive stance on the drug, Chile offers a wide range of opportunities for enthusiasts. Explore stunning vineyards and soak in natural hot springs while indulging. While the country’s cannabis laws are still evolving, visitors can engage with cannabis-friendly accommodations, guided tours to cannabis farms, and even participate in cannabis-infused culinary experiences.
With the recent legalization of medical cannabis, Argentina is embracing the green wave. Visitors can explore cannabis-friendly events, workshops, and cannabis clubs in vibrant cities like Buenos Aires. The country’s picturesque landscapes provide an ideal backdrop for cannabis enthusiasts to unwind and connect with nature. Whether seeking cannabis-infused experiences or relaxing in a welcoming environment, Argentina is ready to cater to your cannabis-inspired adventures.
With its relaxed attitude towards cannabis, Spain offers an exciting scene for enthusiasts. Barcelona, in particular, has become a hub for cannabis social clubs where visitors can enjoy a variety of strains in a cozy and legal environment. Spain’s beautiful beaches, bustling cities, and rich culture provide the perfect backdrop for cannabis-inspired exploration.
Portugal is steadily gaining popularity among cannabis tourists. Although cannabis is not fully legalized in Portugal, the country has a tolerant and weed-friendly atmosphere. Visitors can explore the charming streets of Lisbon or relax on the beautiful beaches of Algarve while indulging. It’s important to note that strict regulations exist, though – be careful to read up on the nation’s weed policies before toking up in public. Once you’ve got a handle on what’s allowed, Portugal’s welcoming ambiance and stunning scenery make it an enticing destination for cannabis enthusiasts.
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Chelsea DeAngio is a freelance writer based in Greensboro, NC. Inspired by a rootless childhood as a Navy brat, she enjoys traveling every chance she gets. Pop culture often drives her trips. Whether channeling her inner Lady Mary at Highclere Castle in the UK or noshing on nachos at Showgirls filming locations in Vegas, Chelsea is always in search of a little silver screen glitz.