Cannabis Friendly Travel Destinations

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Cannabis Friendly Travel Destinations

Cannabis Friendly Destinations for your Holiday Season This year, many of us have been experiencing a bit of “wanderlust.” As travel in recent years has been so heavily restricted, we have the urge to hop on a plane, meet new people, experience different cultures, and seek out some much-needed serenity. One must treat themselves! And why not incorporate your favourite pastime along the way? The market for Cannabis-friendly tourism is booming! An industry that barely existed a few years ago has recently taken on various iterations from festivals to good old-fashioned vacations. The world is your oyster. Whatever your next vacation requires, consider these Cannabis-friendly destinations for your next holiday.

Nimbin, Australia A country on most people’s bucket lists, Australia breathes natural splendour beyond explanation. A small town of gentle souls with an alternative lifestyle, Nimbin is situated on the legendary Pacific Coast, and is the self-proclaimed hippie capital of Australia. Overseen by majestic rocks and breathtaking waterfalls, Nimbin is an absolute delight for the free-spirited explorer. A throwback to the 70s, this idyllic town is complete with brightly-coloured boutiques, tye-dye wearing citizens, and a long cannabis tradition with plenty of spots to immerse in the culture. An hour and a half drive from the iconic surfer’s paradise and must-see Byron Bay, Nimbin is a great day trip to make the most of your journey to the Outback. Make a pit stop at the Nimbin Rocks and devour its beauty on your way to satisfy your cannabis cravings.

While Cannabis remains illegal in the State of New South Wales, law enforcement tends to turn a blind eye to what goes down in this unique little town. The Hemp Embassy and the police station live on the same street, a symbolic juxtaposition. Cannabis is openly bought, sold and consumed in all variations and the community is proud to keep it that way. Nimbin Herbs even offers experiences on how to learn simple, traditional techniques to enhance your knowledge in the arts of herb craft. The Hemp Markets really give you a feel for the town. A market known for its high morals, they keep everything handgrown, handmade and recycled as much as possible. From the local produce, to a variety of healers, unique art forms and a main stage where musicians and sound sculpturists fill the air; the vibes and the family feel of all the love have a tendency to inspire the average tourist.

Amsterdam, Netherlands Renowned as the most Cannabis friendly destination in the world, Amsterdam appears to be an obvious choice, but a classic one nonetheless. The pinnacle of free-thinking cities, Amsterdam has been ahead of the cannabis curve for quite some time, since the 1970s in fact. While cannabis is technically not legal in the Netherlands, there is an infamous “tolerance policy”. The government regulations state that it will tolerate possession of 5 grams or less per person. That means you can take a stroll into one of the many local cannabis cafes and feast on an excellent assortment of goods! Indica, Sativa, Hybrids; you name it, they will absolutely have it! Adored by many, Coffeeshop Grey Area is one of the best cannabis retail stores in the centre of Amsterdam.

Boerejongens Coffeeshop is the preferred spot by locals and the prices are lower compared to the centre. The staff is also interestingly dressed as they work in a pharmacy. The Dutch Butenders tend to be very knowledgeable and have their own standards that differ from the rest. They will more often than not make a solid recommendation. The Dutch are known to be friendly and helpful and are usually more than happy to show a tourist how to enjoy their culture. You will quickly grow accustomed to not only smoking in public, but enjoying your joint in a quaint coffee shop, bar, or even a restaurant. However, the city has far more to offer than simply Cannabis. It is a perfect stop-over on what could be a European adventure. Indulge in a creativity boosting herb, unplug, and take in all the glorious architecture and natural landscapes around you. Explore the countless museums, take a stroll along the canals or head to the markets and put your munchies to the test. Amsterdam is the perfect balance of culture, exploration, and a lot of fun, all in one place.

Santiago, Chile Surrounded by the Andes mountains, rich green forests and jaw-dropping volcanoes, Santiago is the capital and largest city in Chile. A popular destination for history lovers and adventure seekers, it’s a city you want to consume cannabis during your exploration. Chile has a long, rich history of Cannabis usage. In the 1940s, American sailors apparently had access to cannabis from coast brothels. Much like the rest of the world, the 1960s and 1970s saw Cannabis associated with the counterculture movement of students and hippies. This could have helped influence the cultural shift Chile has experienced in the last decade.

Chile is one of the biggest cannabis consumers in South America. While the law states that you can consume Cannabis privately in your home, you cannot grow, buy, or sell it. There is, however, a decent degree of tolerance in Chile, and it is normal to see people smoking in public. That means if you get caught by police, you will likely get a small fine and walk away. Don’t hold onto large quantities and prove that it’s for personal use.

Santiago is a metropolitan’s dream, as the more you look, the more you will find. Explore some of the funky cafes and dance clubs, indulge in a wine tour or bask in all the architectural glory from mirrored office towers to 16th-century churches. Santiago also more than satisfies your need for some quality time with Mother Nature. Bring your cannabis along during a tour of the Torres del Paine or to enhance your experience as you look to the stars at Atacama Desert Stargazing.

So where will your next canna-adventure take you? Nimbin, Amsterdam, and Santiago are by no means an exhaustive list of Cannabis-friendly destinations. As Cannabis tourism continues to grow, many places around the world are ushering a more tolerant approach to Cannabis. Remember to do your research and be respectful. Follow this Golden Rule, and you are guaranteed a memorable time, wherever you choose to go.

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