There are plenty of medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries in San Diego. The tricky part is medicating in public. It’s also illegal to drive while intoxicated. For the adventurous stoner that has a legal workaround for these laws, there are many breathtaking views and fun activities to engage in while high. Here’s a short list of where to go when you’re stoned in San Diego.

1. Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre hub that houses 15 museum, lush gardens, food and drink options, performing arts theaters, tons of walking trails, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and so much more. Whether you’re toking up before to visit the Japanese Friendship Garden or the San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park has you covered. If you don’t want to spend a cent, there’s an abundance of greenery, fountains, and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture to admire.

2. Embarcadero

If you’re by downtown San Diego and happen to be stoned, there’s no better place to walk and explore the San Diego Bay than by the Embarcadero waterfront boardwalk. Have a picnic at Embarcadero Park overlooking Coronado Island. After your meal, head to the USS Midway for some maritime history, go on a harbor boat tour to watch seals, or visit the Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego nearby. At the south end of the Embarcadero is Seaport Village, a bustling destination for shopping, fine and casual dining, and stunning bayside views.

3. La Jolla

La Jolla’s upscale and seaside vibe make for a pleasant backdrop when you’ve had a hit from your favorite strain. The La Jolla Cove is an idyllic beach surrounded by gorgeous sandstone bluffs. Go underwater snorkeling, diving, or swimming, or check out the seals hanging out at the Children’s Pool. If you want to zone out on sea life, head to the Birch Aquarium to check out a shark feeding.

4. Old Town

To soak up as much California history as possible, make a stop at Old Town, San Diego’s historic center. You’ll find a plethora of Mexican restaurants, historic museums, and regular events and festivals. Old Town’s rustic and artisan charm can transport you to one of the first Spanish settlements in San Diego. Although there’s “haunted” homes and graveyards in the area, you’ll probably want to eat as many handmade tortillas as possible after a few puffs.

5. Little Italy

Little Italy was a former tuna fishing destination with a large population of Italian families. Now, Little Italy has everything your little stoner heart desires. From hip brunch spots to San Diego’s best craft beer to art galleries, Little Italy is the perfect pit stop for foodies and art lovers. Stop by on Saturdays for their established Mercato Farmers’ Market.

6. Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter features Victorian-style architecture, skyscrapers, nightclubs, rooftop lounges, boutique shops, and Petco Park. There’s a little something for every type of weed smoker. Love stand-up comedy? Head to the American Comedy Company. Want to dance your heart out? Head to Fluxx or any other bustling nightclub. You’re bound to run into live music within a short walk.

7. Beaches

San Diego beaches are scattered along its over 70 miles of coastline. There are just too many beaches to enjoy the sunset while high. Coronado Beach features mica-speckled sand making offering a picture-perfect sparkling beach. Mission Beach has the Belmont amusement park nearby for those looking to enjoy their sativa high on a roller coaster. Head to the Pacific Beach Pier for fishing and grab a beer at one of the many bars in the area. Head to Ocean Beach for a bohemian vibe with a dog beach.

When you’re at these San Diego hot spots, make sure to use common sense. Don’t drive while high. Don’t act like an asshole. Ultimately, users should medicate responsibly for their own and the public’s safety. Now that the obligatory warnings are out of the way, go out there and explore all that San Diego has to offer.


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