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Top 10 Marijuana Tourist Destinations Worldwide

Marijuana is a hot topic all over the world. In the US, laws are starting to loosen as states realize the taxing potential and relative harmlessness of pot, while the growing social movements around t

Marijuana is a hot topic all over the world. In the US, laws are starting to loosen as states realize the taxing potential and relative harmlessness of pot, while the growing social movements around the country continue to push for leaner laws. We all know that Washington and Colorado recently became the first two states to legalize cannabis for recreational use, although it’s still illegal under federal law to possess or sell. Twenty other states have laws legalizing medicinal use, and over half of the states have decriminalized possession.

Still, while the US has begun loosening its grip on prohibition, other countries around the world are beginning to tighten theirs, for different reasons. Some countries don’t want their main tourist attraction to be cannabis, others believe there’s a negative social connotation that comes with lax marijuana laws and its users, and most of them frown heavily upon trafficking. For some countries, it’s okay to possess, grow, and even sell, but don’t you dare try to bring it in from somewhere else.

That being said, there are still worldwide weed meccas in some of the most beautiful countries in the world that avid smokers must pilgrimage to at some point in their life. As long as you mind your own business and don’t cause a scene, many countries don’t care about your smoking habits. Some of them even relish in the business that pot tourists bring each year to their economies.

This is a list of the ten most sought after weed havens worldwide, judged by their cultural acceptance, the laws of the land, their beauty, and their social friendliness.

10  10. Kingston, Jamaica

9 Portland, Oregon

8 Seattle, Washington

7 Nimbin, Australia

6 Christiana, Denmark

5 Oakland, California

4 Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is a huge player in the medical and legal marijuana markets. It’s actually illegal to carry cannabis on your person without a medical license in BC (and Canada in general), but police usually turn a blind eye if you’re caught with less than a quarter ounce. The province’s inexpensive power, abundance of sunshine and water, and the many forests in the area make it an ideal growing haven. The BC cannabis industry is brings in a whopping $6 billion annually, making bud one of the most valuable cash crops in the area. Vancouver boasts some of the highest-grade bud in North America, aptly called BC Bud by locals and tourists alike.  A 2012 poll found that 61% of British Columbians support legalization of marijuana. Also, there are numerous cannabis-friendly diners and cafes (they allow smoking, but don’t sell the goods themselves).

Still, Canada tightened its drug laws in November 2012, issuing mandatory jail-time of one year for possession of more than 3 kilos, and 6 months for owning between six and 200 plants. The federal laws are at complete odds with the country’s residents, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper finds marijuana having harmful effects on its users and on society.

3 Prague, Czech Republic

2 Barcelona, Spain

1 Amsterdam, Netherlands

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