Spring break is just around the corner so pack your bags and not your books. If you’re looking to explore the U.S., why not start with the growing number of 420-friendly states?
Before you go, be sure to remember that recreational weed is only legal for people over the age of 21 and, just like with alcohol, you’ll need to show a valid ID. While there will be few barriers to visitors looking to purchase recreational cannabis, be aware that most medical cards are not valid across state lines – so stick to recreational dispensaries. Check out Leafly’s guide to which states accept which MMJ cards here.
As tempting as it may be, consuming or smoking cannabis in public is still illegal. Although cities like West Hollywood are soon opening cannabis consumption cafes, you won’t be able to light up in public even in states where recreational weed is legal.
Finally, driving under the influence of cannabis is as serious as driving drunk and could result in the same consequences. Plan ahead and take ride share of public transportation when you plan to get high.
Planning to take some goodies home with you? Even if you’re crossing from one green state to another, airports are ruled under federal law and do not allow cannabis. In other words, don’t stock up with the intent of stashing the extra in your suitcase.
Now that all the boring stuff is out of the way, here are three weed-friendly destinations for your spring break adventures that will expand your horizons and get you out of the golden state.
Las Vegas, NV
This classic spring break destination is home to countless casinos and bars plus dispensaries and the world’s first cannabis museum. The Cannabis and Art Museum, Cannabition, this interactive museum offers an overview of cannabis culture and history. It’s conveniently located in downtown Las Vegas – less than two miles from Thrive, a cannabis superstore, open 7 days a week. But, perhaps the best part of a trip to Vegas is that it’s easy to go car-less as long as you stay on the strip.
If you’re looking for a cozy but upscale experience, visit the first cannabis-friendly hotel in Oregon. The Jupiter offers a 420-package which includes “everything but the weed.” Luckily, in this hip and walkable city, you won’t have to go far to find a dispensary. Enjoy locally-grown cannabis then stop by Coalition Brewing for their CBD-infused beer, Two Flower IPA. And, when the munchies hit, grab an iconic donut from Voodoo or Blue Star – two of the city’s finest donut shops.
No pot-tourism list would be complete without at least one mention of Colorado. Colorado’s cannabis scene has been going strong for years – they legalized recreational weed in 2014. Add that to the stunning hiking trail and wellness culture and you’ve pracitically got your vacation itinerary planned for you. In addition to the variety of local strains and freshly-made edibles, enjoy cannabis social events like 420 yoga and cannabis game nights.