Cannabis Tourism: 5 Things You Must Know Before You Plan a Trip

A USA passport and a zip-lock plastic bag containing Marijuana.
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Whenever one industry starts making a lot of money, you can bet it will spawn other mini-industries. That’s the case with legal cannabis, which has now grown big enough that it has given birth to its own cannabis tourism industry.

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

The global recreational marijuana market is expected to be worth about $90 billion by 2026, Forbes reported, so there are plenty of places that can accommodate cannabis tourists. Nearly one-fifth of all adult Americans qualify as “cannabis-motivated” travelers who are interested in pot-related activities on vacation.

As with any vacation, it’s smart to plan ahead before taking your cannabis trip. And your first order of business as a cannabis tourist is finding out where recreational pot is legal and where it might still land you in jail.

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Currently, here’s where recreational cannabis is legal in the United States and its territories, according to U.S. 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.

Make sure you research the laws before traveling to one of these places so you can be clear on the rules before lighting up. Cannabis maps are available that can help you navigate the laws in 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 outlined by Forbes:

  • Don’t cross borders in possession of cannabis products because you might find yourself in a state or country where it’s illegal. Moreover, because cannabis is not legal at the federal level, you can’t bring it on airplanes.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of cannabis. If you’ve been toking, call a rideshare service or take public transit.
  • Stay current on foreign laws and norms when traveling overseas, including individual municipalities. As Forbes points out, some popular European destinations have strict cannabis rules, including France.
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About the Author

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