Is Cannabis Tourism in the USA now a Thing?

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The large and diverse USA is a popular travel destination for people from all over the world. Due to its size and many different terrains, climates, attractions, landscapes, and cultures, it is also no surprise that many people from the US take their vacations in their home country, travelling around to different states and cities.

There are many reasons to visit the USA; whether you’re looking for beaches, national parks, mountains, nature, theme parks, music, night life, shopping, a taste of the local cuisine, history, or more, you’ll certainly find a part of the USA that is perfect for you!

There is another, newer, reason for people to visit the USA, and that is cannabis tourism. With weed being legal in some parts of the country, they are now attracting people from places where laws related to marijuana use aren’t so lenient, including people from other parts of the USA. If you want to enjoy a smoke whilst on your holidays, the USA could be a great new option for your break.

What Does the Law Say?


Federal law makes using, possessing, growing, transporting, and selling cannabis illegal in the USA. However, there are provisions for individual states to decriminalise cannabis if they want, as long as they have regulations in place to deal with marijuana use. Decriminalisation can be for medical reasons, for recreation and leisure, or both.

What is the Difference Between Legalising and Decriminalising?

Legalising something, in this case marijuana, means that there are no criminal repercussions for anyone in the chain of cultivation, processing, transporting, selling, and using. The legal process means that the industry can be regulated, controlled, and taxed, in the same way as any other industry or enterprise. There is no criminal conduct at all.

Decriminalisation, on the other hand, means that an action can no longer be treated as a criminal offence. It can, however, still be treated as a breach of civil laws. It may also only apply to the end user, as opposed to the suppliers … which means that the industry will still largely be dominated by illegal gangs.

So Where is Weed Legal in the USA?

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Some states have completely legalised cannabis for recreational and medical use. These are Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. DC is trying to legalise cannabis also. In Maine, cannabis is legal in Portland and South Portland.

Other states have legalised cannabis use for medical reasons, as has Guam.

Others have decriminalised cannabis possession.


This means that the best places to enjoy a smoke are those that have legalised cannabis completely. Not only does this prevent you from getting into any bother yourself, but it also makes sure that you are not inadvertently fuelling mistreatment of workers, violence, and harmful illegal activities in other parts of the world.

Enjoying Weed in the US

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Colorado, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon are the best places to combine your love of cannabis with a fun vacation – each one offers something completely different and you are sure to have a great time! If you can get your hands on some weed in one of these places, hit up some OG Kush or Purple Haze for a cheeky toke with absolutely no worries at all!

9 Responses to Is Cannabis Tourism in the USA now a Thing?

  1. Taylor Walker March 17, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    I am so excited to travel to Washington and Colorado and enjoy the new marijuana tourism industry. It’s hard for me to really imagine not having to be secretive about smoking marijuana.

  2. Taylor Walker March 17, 2015 at 12:59 am #

    I’m excited to travel to Washington and Colorado to see what this new industry has to offer. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that it’s legal, never thought I’d see the day.

    • Jungle March 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      I lived in Colorado for 8 months last year when it was just legalized. You can buy anything you want from cookies, to sour patch kids, to wax. If you live in Colorado and have a Colorado ID you get 50% off of weed, if you live in the town of Breckenridge and by from the shops in Breck I believe the discount goes up to 55%. I ate a lot of edible chocolate bars and other candies to help with insomnia. I’d highly recommend checking it out. The most potent stuff I’ve ever had in my lifetime.

  3. Joe Evans March 25, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    I congratulate these wonderful states and look forward to sampling only the dankest of nugs. I’ve heard the dankness is truly something to behold! Usually when on holiday I become frustrated buying empty baggies in a dark alleys before finally scoring some overpriced C grade Afghan #. Knowing I could go astro-travelling in a beautiful place like Alaska, equipped with nothing but some supersmelly and the snow bong, encapsulates all wonders of ‘the Great Outdoors’. What mystical boyhood adventures would ensue? Hearing nothing but your own mumbling over the vast tundra, cupping whitey with both hands, lit only by the Aurora above. Cowering in a bear den as the light blue smoke bellows out into the wilderness like a Bubba Kush forest fire. America used to be a scary place to be but I know that come next time I’ll be hitting trees like Tarzan. That’s right my friends, the mad hatter is back! Matter of fact he’s in your house and he’s smoking a sack.

  4. April Yap November 6, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    This is the ever fantastic kind of industry I’ve ever known!
    For sure this place had lessen the number of sickness since the day of legalization.

  5. Tim Wright November 10, 2015 at 5:42 am #

    This was a pretty smart move to be honest, now that it is legal in their state, they can now add taxes in the marijuana industry leaving the government/state MORE money. What a win-win situation. Also, I wasn’t aware that cannabis was already available in Washington, I thought it was only legal for medical purposes but didn’t know it was okay to use it for recreation, guess Washington could be my next stop. Being the nearest from where I live 🙂

  6. Brian November 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    Great information! Cannabis tourism is definitely a thing in the US now. Shops in colorado always seem to be full of foreigners now. They even have maps on the walls of all the places people come from! Thanks for sharing.

  7. GroWeed Club January 5, 2017 at 8:05 am #

    Great post – there is a definite lack of everyday info with regards to cannabis – for both medical and recreational use! Ignorance is particularly dangerous in these kinds of areas, and druggie type enthusiasm about legalization does not help to inform anybody.
    Knowledge is the key to making good decisions! In any area of life : )

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