At home in Seattle, you’re the ultimate tour guide. You know where to go for the best coffee, which restaurant serves the freshest seafood and where to get the best greens. But on vacation, it can be tricky to know where to go, especially when it comes to cannabis-friendly destinations. As you plan your winter adventures, use this guide to find the best cannabis friendly cities and countries to visit, fit for all budgets!
The Rose City is famously quirky and Portlanders like it that way, as seen on many signs and bumper stickers throughout the town demanding to “Keep Portland Weird.” Portland is still one of the 420-friendliest cities in the U.S. and offers great shopping and excellent food for every budget. Portlanders tend to be a progressive lot and are pretty open to marijuana usage. Cruising downtown, there’s a good chance you’ll smell some in the street and it’s certainly not unusual to see people toking in public.
Aspen, a silver-mining town turned luxury ski resort, is certainly an ideal vacation spot to consider escaping to this winter. When you vacation in Aspen, you can expect to hobnob with the elite as this is “THE” winter travel destination for the rich and famous. While it’s easy to enjoy Aspen on a celebrity’s income, know that you can still easily enjoy all that Aspen has to offer – even as a regular civilian. With just a bit of planning, you can enjoy the many upscale boutiques, fine dining, powdery mountaintops, and marijuana-friendly hotspots. Aspen offers eight great dispensaries to choose from. No matter what you’re looking for, each store boasts unique interiors, helpful budtenders and a variety of products to choose from.
Montevideo is the largest city in Uruguay, a South American country of 3 million (with over a third of that in Montevideo). Montevideo itself offers plenty for visitors, from its beaches to its beloved annual Montevideo Carnival, a huge celebration that takes place in mid-January. Uruguay was one of the first countries in the world to legalize marijuana sale and production. Sales are highly regulated, and one highly regulated aspect is that weed is only for citizens – tourists can’t legally buy bud in Uruguay. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t get it, if someone offers you some greens (and there’s always someone) it’s considered a gift and is yours for the toking!
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, to the southeast of Spain’s Costa del Sol, the island of Ibiza is lined with mile upon mile of picturesque beaches and gorgeous weather year-round. It’s where celebrities worldwide come to see and be seen – and to party, of course. Ibiza is known as the electronic music capital of the world and regularly features famous DJs, at its equally famous clubs. In Spain, it is legal to possess up to 40 grams of cannabis for personal use and in a freewheeling place like Ibiza, ganja is easy to find and frequently used out in the open.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh has long been a top stop for backpackers traveling in Asia, and for good reason. In Cambodia, cannabis is semi-legal – citizens are allowed to grow plants, mostly for cooking, as the herb is used in traditional Khmer cuisine. With that in mind, savvy Cambodian ganjapreneurs have opened up “happy pizza” restaurants. Happy pizza is – you guessed it – pizza garnished with weed. After a couple slices of happy pizza, there’s plenty to see in Phnom Penh. The city features many structures and monuments from the Khmer Empire that ruled the area in the 1300s, including the Royal Palace of Cambodia. Wat Phnom is the city’s namesake monument and is a sacred shrine dedicated to Buddha.
This post was written by guest author Jessica Krantz.