Over the last few years Marijuana has grown in popularity around the world. Many states in the U.S. are beginning to decriminalize laws against marijuana and allow recreational use for citizens. This is a result of the attractive taxing potential and an increase in social movements that support a rapidly changing public opinion. With Colorado and Washington leading the charge in regulated adult-use marijuana markets, 2014 has been a year of massive year for the overall American marijuana legalization movement.
Although the U.S. has started opening the door for marijuana use, many other countries would like that door to remain closed and locked. Many of these countries associate marijuana with a negative connotation, both as a medicine and recreational substance. Many believe having cannabis as the primary tourist attraction can have adverse consequences on the local population. Moreover, lax marijuana laws can lead to crime and no real black market reduction.
In many places, as long as users are discreet, countries and local authorities are pretty nonchalant about marijuana use. Some countries are actually begin to encourage the business that marijuana tourism generates for both economical and political purposes.
There are several amazing places that every marijuana enthusiast must visit at some point. These are the most beloved marijuana destinations around the world. The places on this list were evaluated by social friendliness, beauty, acceptance, and laws.
10. Kingston, Jamaica
Jamaica is a beautiful country that hosts thousands of tourists each and every year. People come from around the world to experience the country’s great weather, beaches, and marijuana ‘ganja’ culture. Although marijuana is illegal in Jamaica, high-quality strains are offered everywhere. Jamaica even offers exciting pot-sampling tours. The laid-back reggae environment and beautiful landscape is ideal place to visit. However, it is important to remember that Jamaica is a poverty stricken place and safety should be a “high” priority at all times.
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9. Portland, Oregon
Oregon’s popularity comes from the state being one of the first in the U.S. to allow recreational marijuana use. Portland’s marijuana culture is currently blossoming. This city is one of the leading places in the country for the social marijuana movement. Portland is also home to the country’s first cannabis café. It is important to add that Portland has one of the biggest chapters of NORML in Oregon. NORML is the first organization in the U.S. that focuses primarily on marijuana law reform.
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8. Christiana, Denmark
Although cannabis is illegal in Denmark, Christiana has declared its independence. As a result, this region has grown in popularity and become one of the top destinations for marijuana enthusiasts. The town of Christiana is referred to as a hippie commune and offers its very own “Green Light District”. Locals refer to this town as Freetown Christiana and it has a farmer’s market that was created specifically for hash and cannabis.
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7. The Bay Area, California
In an homage to Amsterdam, there is a city at the northern end of downtown Oakland known as Oaksterdam. The state of California allows medicinal marijuana use, and Oaksterdam is a district that maximizes this opportunity. Oaksterdam even offers a marijuana college known as Oaksterdam University. In this district, there are equipment stores and cannabis-friendly coffee shops. The growing marijuana culture is promoted by Oakland’s considerably relaxed law enforcement. For the most part, law enforcement attempts to fry larger fish, and turn a blind eye to minor marijuana use by locals and tourists alike.
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6. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver plays a major role in the legal and medicinal marijuana markets. The marijuana industry generates an impressive $6 billion annually in Canada. This figure makes marijuana one of the most valuable commodities in this area. Vancouver offers several marijuana-friendly cafes and diners. Although these places allow smoking, the diners and cafes do not sell cannabis products.
Its important to note that Canada has strict drug laws and issues mandatory jail-time for possession. However, jail time is usually a result of having more than 3 kilos and possessing more than six plants.
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5. Prague, Czech Republic
Many users are surprised that this country, with its checkered background, would be a marijuana-friendly place. However, the Czech Republic is one of the most marijuana friendly countries in the world. The Czech Republic has considerably liberal drug laws and almost all drugs are decriminalized. These drugs include speed, Ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, and cannabis. Users are allowed to possess five plants in their home and up to 15 grams on their person. This country is high on the list for its considerably relaxed environment and stunning beauty.
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4. Barcelona, Spain
One of the initial countries in Europe to decriminalize marijuana was Spain. The relaxed laws in Spain allow residents to grow and use marijuana for recreation. However, the country does not allow public use. This includes smoking, buying, and selling marijuana. In Spain, users can legally possess 40 grams. Spain has a engaging marijuana culture and offers festivals that include the High Life Expo and Spannabis. Aside from decriminalization, Barcelona is a stunning place with picturesque beaches, intricate architecture, and attractive people.
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3. Seattle, Washington
Seattle implemented legal medical marijuana laws considerably early and recently joined Colorado as the only other state in America to have recreational legalization. Recently, the City Attorney announced that all marijuana possession cases would be dismissed. Seattle is a historically beautiful city that started hosting the Seattle Hempfest before marijuana festivals were fashionable. This is the largest marijuana convention in the world that lasts for two days and unites more than 100,000 people.
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2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Any marijuana destination list is incomplete without the addition of Amsterdam. For many marijuana users, this is the Holy City. Marijuana enthusiasts visit Amsterdam more than any other country in the world for its alluring marijuana culture. Tourists are known to order thousands of cannabis rich products every year from menus at more than 200 cafes. Although marijuana is illegal in the Netherlands, cannabis remains the largest tourist attraction and source of income for café owners. This is a result of a miscommunication in legislation about “soft” drugs and “hard” drugs.
Amsterdam is currently home to the High Times Cannabis Cup. This is a engaging place that offers more than just a charming marijuana culture. Amsterdam offers beautiful architecture, wonderful museums, and amazing landscapes.
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1. Denver, Colorado
The biggest city in the first state to recreationally legalize, (and where we call home) Denver, CO is a mecca for marijuana. Patrons 21 and over can legally purchase up to 7 grams of consumable cannabis per day with proper identification. Denver has quickly become a wordly hub for canna-business with many of the industries leading companies operating from the mile high city. One can easily find anything their heart desires at one of the nearly 300 marijuana dispensaries in the greater Denver metro.
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