Pot smokers are known as one chilled bunch, but they still need a holiday every now and again. The question is; where can they go which doesn't mean giving up their love for smoking? There are many cities in the world that have legalised the use of cannabis but lack activities for tourists. What marijuana-loving travellers really want is a pleasant balance between home comforts and new adventures.
Just as a beer connoisseur would like to travel and try samples away from home, or a thrill-seeker will take a trip to experience a niche extreme sport, pot smokers enjoy experimenting with their passion internationally. There have been many ongoing debates surrounding where the best grow comes from - and what better way to find out then booking a research trip yourself?
Weed grown in a different country will have quite an intriguing taste and there is nothing more exciting than finding a new favourite strain. There are some that are known to abuse the system, heading to coffee shops to get "baked" and give other marijuana tourists a bad name, but this is a sensible guide for those who are looking for a relaxing vacation.
You could be a daily user or just someone who enjoys the sensation from time to time - whatever kind of holiday you are looking for these are the destinations with the most liberal, fun-loving and healthy attitude towards the recreational use of cannabis.
10 Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Although marijuana is illegal in Costa Rica the law enforcement surrounding possession is very relaxed. As long as you aren't flaunting your consumption in the street and you're respectful to sellers then there should not be any trouble. In the bars and clubs of Costa Rica there are often a lot of sellers, they typically are known for dealing a hybrid of Indica and Sativa.
Outside of the bars in Costa Rica you will find the perfect holiday to seek thrills and adventure. Located in central America there is whitewater rafting, zip-lining tours, kayaking, cliff diving, sky diving and scuba diving. It is known as a popular spot for students who have an urge to indulge in some extreme sports.
9 Paradise Island, Bahamas
Paradise Island in the Bahamas has a brilliant reputation as the ultimate relaxing vacation. With tranquil surroundings and stunning clear blue waters; this location has landed starring roles in many films including Pirates of the Carribbean and James Bond. The local Bahamian cuisine offers mouth-watering traditional rock lobster, crabs and snapper, while those who enjoy a sweet tooth can try fresh coconut and guava.
Smoking tobacco is legal inside and outside of most places, there are security guards dressed all in white around the area but they are known for being incredibly relaxed about smoking marijuana. The guards are often helpful enough to point out local dealers and recommend where to get the best for your money. It is always a good idea to take on any advice given because if caught by an undercover cop then you could spend some time in a jail cell.
8 Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver really has the best of both worlds. You can spend a morning browsing shops in the bustling districts and then the afternoon hiking in Burnaby Mountain or Grouse Mountain. If you want to really see some picturesque views, there is a popular route for cyclists along a 10-km seawall which circles Stanley Park.
In Vancouver marijuana use is very popular, but it is still illegal if you are caught in possession of a large amount or appear to have the intention to supply. The recreational use of marijuana is legal as stated by the Canadian government and if you are caught with less than an ounce it will most likely just be taken away. There are many different strains available to buy in Vancouver with the most popular being variations of Kush like Orange and Purple.
7 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
As long as you're bringing money into the economy then Cambodian police are fairly relaxed. Smoking weed in this country is illegal however those who work in law enforcement are very chilled about it. There are many places known as happy pizza parlours which will sell to tourists, however it is always best to not appear like a dumb tourist or they will just give you a bag of leaves and seeds.
The area of Phnom Penh is well-known as a popular backpacking hotspot and there are many budget hotels open to tourists. Over the past few years there has been a huge increase in tourism which will see Phnom Penh become just as popular as their Thailand neighbours. The Thai police are not as liberal though and possession of weed across the border could have you jailed on a twenty-year stretch.
6 Colorado, U.S.A
In the U.S and Canada there is a celebrated day amongst weed smokers which is known as "420 day". In many locations, thousands come together to celebrate cannabis culture and Colorado is one of the most popular spots for the holiday. It is legal to purchase marijuana in this state which has seen an incredible rise in "pot tourism" over the years.
The state is also known for its breath-taking landscape as it is home to four national parks; Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon. Art lovers will also appreciate a trip here as this home to the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum. If you do get a case of the munchies then Denver is well known for award-winning restaurants which will always leave you satisfied.
5 Prague, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic are well-known for being incredibly relaxed with their drugs laws, less than an ounce of weed will not land you in any trouble as the majority of substances in this idyllic European city have been decriminalised. It has even been reported that there are 400,000 recreational marijuana users in Prague.
This location is home to unique Cubist architecture, Baroque palaces and gardens, Gothic Cathedrals, historic parks and Romanesque Chapels which all help to make it one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Prague also has some of the cheapest beer in the world, you will be able to swig down a cold large beer for less than $1.
4 Barcelona, Spain
Just one stroll along the beaches in Spain and you will hear the cries of many sellers trying to peddle drugs to the tourists. Drugs are illegal in Barcelona but if the police smell something suspicious they will most likely turn a blind-eye unless it is coming from an indoor bar or club. The quality of the weed can often differentiate but many sellers will be in supply of good quality Moroccan hash.
As well as days being spent chilling on the beach there are also opportunities to make a few cultural visits. Popular tourist destinations include a look around the Picasso Museum or browsing within the fashionable district of Old Town. If you're looking for an adrenaline boost there are also many adventure sports on offer such as surfing, kayaking, sailing and even balloon rides.
3 Nimbin, Australia
Nimbin is a village in the state of New South Wales, Australia that is very well-known for it's lively cannabis culture. This location is often described by the media as "the drug capital of Australia". The whole area is decorated with colourful paintings, bright shop fronts and live music can be heard wherever you go.
Each year thousands of tourists visit for the first weekend of May when they have their very own MardiGras. Competitions include bong-throwing, joint rolling and many races so they can prove that weed smokers can be healthy too. Although marijuana possession is still very much illegal in Australia, over the years the police have had very little luck with convincing the village of Nimbin to put an end to the activity.
2 Amsterdam, Netherlands
It goes without saying that Amsterdam is one of the most laid-back cities in the world, up to 30 grams of marijuana is permitted for personal use indoors. There are many coffee shops which sell weed but if you are not Dutch you might have a problem getting a sale. The Bulldog chain of pubs allow you to smoke indoors but you must use their rolling tobacco which is free and available at the bar.
Amsterdam is also known as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. An evening canal boat ride will take you under just a few of the 1,2000 bridges in the capital. This is also home to some very intriguing culture such as the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank Museum. There is plenty to do in the capital and it's obvious why tourists flock here by the millions each year.
1 Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston is the cosmopolitan capital of Jamaica, half of the city is bustling with businesses and the other half is a jungle. It is home to the largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean, known as Hope Gardens which covers 2000 acres of land. The busy city also vendors the world's most delicious ice creams, pastries and gourmet cuisines.
Although the cannabis leaf is known as the symbol most associated with Jamaica, it is still illegal throughout the country. The law enforcement isn't as strict here as other places, so long as you're not parading your possession in the streets then you should be fine. Purchasing weed in Kingston isn't too tricky as there are plenty of resorts, street markets and cab drivers who will be willing to sell directly to you.