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Cannabis-related tourism is an industry growing in popularity each year thanks to more relaxed pot laws. In fact, the United States is not the only country where it is becoming more normal for law enforcement to accept a little recreational cannabis use here and there. While marijuana is not legal in almost all of the countries on this list, it is accepted as decriminalized in most of them.
Spain is the only country on this list where it is 100% legal to use cannabis for recreational purposes. Talk about 420 friendly. In Spain, cannabis use is limited to private property only. If you do choose to use marijuana in a public place, it is decriminalized and equates to a slap on the wrist, really. However, it is illegal altogether to be in possession of cannabis while on the road and driving and is not recommended. Also make sure you don’t have more than around 5-7 grams at a time though – any more and it could be considered trafficking.
Jamaica has a rich and storied cannabis history. The culture of the island is steeped in marijuana and Rastafarianism and the two go hand in hand. Try to walk down the beach in Jamaica on vacation and not smell the sweet smell of outdoor-grown ganja. Here, too, cannabis is technically illegal but it is decriminalized so fines are much less than they would be otherwise. As a bonus for you budget travelers, airfare and accommodations are incredibly well priced in Jamaica.
Canada has some grey areas in their current cannabis laws. Pot is not set to be officially federally legal until the end of Summer 2018. However, on a provincial level there are dozens of legal dispensaries, brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers, functioning at very high levels. It is kind of like the how the United States federal government doesn’t recognize cannabis as legal, but on a state by state level there are places that do. Just google “Mail Order Weed Canada” and see page after page of results. If you do choose to use marijuana in Canada just don’t go flaunting it around in public. Keep your green to yourself, eh?
If you want to take a trip across the pond to Jolly Old England you will no doubt be surprised at their robust online cannabis community. Despite cannabis being totally illegal across the board and not decriminalized in any way no one there is going without. I am not going to out anyone specifically, but there are a TON of accounts on Instagram for cannabis caregivers selling, well, cannabis. It seems that Instagram basically acts as a storefront for these caregivers. They are able to feature a wide array of products through visually stunning, Insta-Ready, Insta-Pretty pictures. All you have to do is DM them for info on how to get hooked up. Easy as afternoon tea.
There are, of course, quite a few other countries that have decriminalized cannabis or have decided to be less focused on enforcing marijuana restrictions and laws – these are just a few of our favorites. Be wise and always do your cannabis research before you visit a country you are intending to get high in. For example, I wouldn’t want to get caught with anything illegal in Thailand. I mean, have you SEEN Brokedown Palace? Don’t let a little skunky fun turn your international vacay into an actual nightmare. Be discreet and smart about where you chose to light up while you’re abroad.
This post was originally published on April 26, 2018, it was updated on May 17, 2018.