Best Places to Celebrate 4th of July with Cannabis

Best Places to Celebrate 4th of July with Cannabis

Cannabis and the 4th of July are a great combination. Lighting up on our nation’s Independence Day is certainly symbolic, but it’s also great when combined with lounging, enjoying the outdoors, hanging out with friends or just watching some fireworks.

Adding cannabis to this mix can be done with ease in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. This list takes into account not only if cannabis is legal in the area, but how entrenched cannabis is in the local scene. Nevada recently legalized cannabis, and enjoying it in that state is legal, but dispensaries are thin on the ground and local law enforcement is still playing catch-up with the new legislation. For folks hoping to fly into Las Vegas and expect the cannabis scene to be as entrenched as San Francisco’s, they should wait a while before considering it a canna-friendly destination.

Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington have adjusted to new cannabis laws for enough time that it has become normalized in those states. California is still under medical-only cannabis laws until January 1st, 2018, but its relaxed program means many Californians still can get a medical recommendation with ease. Maine is also an option for those who can’t travel too far from the east coast, but recreational sales won’t begin until next year. In all of these places, cannabis is still illegal on federal lands, like parks and campgrounds, so plan your holiday accordingly.

Bellevue, WA

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Why consider it for the 4th: an escape from the big city with enough waterfront views for everyone.

This destination is located the farthest north out of the rest of our recommendations, and it’s a great place to escape the summer heat, if only a little. Ferries are a part of life in the area, and quick rides can get you to the heart of the city or in the middle of nature within a short amount of time. Bellevue hosts one of the area’s best fireworks displays, and the Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog is a local favorite for dog owners.

Dispensaries: The Novel Tree, Greenside, Green Theory, BelMar

Boulder, CO

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Why consider it for the 4th: Small town vibe in a very cannabis-friendly state.

Boulder comes out of hibernation for summer, and the city really embraces Independence Day with huge fireworks displays, family-friendly activities, and plenty of cannabis. As a Colorado town, it’s familiar with canna-tourists. If you can plan ahead, reserve tickets for the local Budz, Sudz, Grow & Dispensary tour. The state is also home to canna-friendly accommodations, so it’s the perfect destination for an all-cannabis holiday.

Dispensaries: The Station, Village Green Society, Freshly Baked Dispensary

Bend, OR

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Why consider it for the 4th: A destination for outdoor activities with family. And cannabis.

Central Oregon is a quick flight from Portland. Fly into RDM on major carriers and Bend is a 20-minute drive from the sleepy airport. This former mill town is home to some of the best cannabis in the state, and knowing your cannabis hasn’t traveled far means you’re getting some of the freshest herb available. Downtown Bend has a family-friendly 4th of July celebration with food and fireworks, but hit up the town’s cannabis tours after you’ve done all the hiking, biking, fishing and rafting you can handle.

Dispensaries: Oregrown, Cannabend, Bloom Well

Los Angeles, CA

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Why consider it for the 4th: Instagram-worthy events for extroverts.

One of the best-kept secrets about LA is the fact that people tend to leave the city for major holidays, but Independence Day seems to be the exception, with thousands of SoCal residents head to the beach or to the Rose Bowl for fireworks. Venice Beach is home to the 4th of July Mr. & Mrs. Venice Beach competition, and is an event that makes a trip to Venice even more memorable. The celebrations at the Hollywood Bowl really do the venue justice, which allows you to bring a picnic and your own booze.

Dispensaries: La Brea Collective, Cannabal City Collective, Exhale Med Center

Denver, CO

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Why consider it for the 4th: The best for recreational cannabis

Denver packs in a lot of activities for the days surrounding the 4th of July. Combining it with its tourist-friendly cannabis market means you can enjoy Independence Day in a city where cannabis has been normalized moreso than any other destination in the United States. This year, Denver Comic con’s last day falls on July 2nd and the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival ends on July 3rd, so you can hit up both events before celebrating the 4th at Elitch Gardens.

Dispensaries: Denver Kush Club, The Giving Tree of Denver, Native Roots Apothecary, Dank Colorado

Sonoma, CA

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Why consider it for the 4th: A region dedicated to the best food, drink, and cannabis

Home to this year’s Norcal Cannabis Cup and Emerald Cup, Sonoma has embraced the cannabis trade alongside their wine and food cultures. A quick drive from nearby San Francisco means Norcal residents can pick up their favorite cannabis products on the way to enjoying their vacation, although there are some great dispensaries in the region. Head to Healdsburg for their small-town 4th of July activities, or escape to the beach to cool off.

Dispensaries: Sonoma Patient Group, Redwood Herbal Alliance, Mercy Wellness of Cotati, Alternatives Health Collective

 

 

Why You Don’t Want to Miss the Next Green Lodge Goddess Gathering

Why You Don’t Want to Miss the Next Green Lodge Goddess Gathering

At least 158 Million people worldwide use Cannabis for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual purposes. This number increases daily as more people understand the power of this plant, and women in Colorado are coming together to prove they also can benefit from the community it brings.

Entrepreneur and hierophant that Cannabis can help woman dissolve “the competition complex,” Maggie Murphy of Colorado, also known as The Stoned Housewife, is blazing this path with The Green Lodge Goddess Gathering.

Once each month, with dates currently scheduled through June 2017 at the Vali Soul Sanctuary in Boulder, healers from all over the world are invited to enrich the lives of the women at the Green Lodge Goddess Gatherings. The theme, though always centered around indigenous Earth Medicine, changes each month, so ladies are encouraged to attend as many as possible to build upon previous teachings. While the theme may change, Maggie insists that one thing is for certain,

“Participants can expect that Loren, the house Kundalini instructor, will push them and enhance their moon flow by giving them specific sound currents and mantras to open up the neural pathways and promote healing.”

green-lodge-gathering thestonedhousewife.netThe February Green Lodge Goddess Gathering. (Danielle Webster photo/Provided to MassRoots)

Regular attendee, Danielle Webster shared her thoughts about the most recent gathering,

“I have to say, smoking indoors in a public space is really cool. It’s even cooler to do this in a space with a bunch of other lady stoners who are coming together to use cannabis in a thoughtful and lackadaisical way. It’s not just about getting stoned, it’s about connecting through the use of cannabis to relax everyone and make them more comfortable in the environment. “

Through the Stoned Housewife brand, Maggie, is continuing to expand this community with partnerships for future lodges in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

“I love to create a space where women can come together and try new aspects of healing on multiple levels, and where each individual feels like her being there contributes to everyone,” Maggie explained. As one of the most affordable Cannabis friendly workshops in the area, they also aim to give back as much as possible to the women. “There is a gift exchange at the end of each event, and every woman walks away with a newly blessed treasure. Sometimes a simple gift of the intention to make someone else happy is the most healing someone can get that day.”

green lodge thestonedhousewife.netGreen Lodge gift exchange. (Danielle Webster photo/ Provided to MassRoots)

When asked what her vision for the future of the Green Lodge is, Maggie explains,

“I want to continue this growing tribe of women and have lodges all around the world, Cannabis is a small but integral part of women coming together in a unifying setting. There is no need for the ego because we all come with the intention to be a community.”

Recapping the last Green Lodge, Danielle said, “We were all together chanting, moving, and holding our bodies. Loren (the lodge Kundalini Yoga instructor) pushed us as we did forms of yoga ‘exercises’ we’ve never done before, and as a team we all learned how hard it is to sit still. Certain chants made us laugh together, others made us cry, but overall we all felt 100% more connected than when we had began the gathering. ”

green lodge boulderTurning in, Vali Soul Sanctuary, Boulder, CO. (Danielle Webster/Provided to MassRoots)

Future dates for the lodge include April 24th, May 22nd, June 26th.

Participants also have the opportunity to win prizes from Sponsors Stashlogix and LoveandMarij. These events are INVITATION ONLY. Click here to request yours today. For sponsorship opportunities, send inquiries to [email protected] Join The Stoned Housewife’s supportive community for women on Instagram.

 

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