The world is a big place. However, it can get a lot smaller if you love cannabis and want to live somewhere that allows you to enjoy the plant. While some U.S. states have legalized marijuana, there are entire countries where it is legal, or at the very least decriminalized to the point of being de-facto legal. So, if you want to know the best places to live to show your love for cannabis, look at our list below.
Amsterdam has de-facto legalized cannabis. In fact, there are any number of cafes where you can go in, sit down, and order up some cannabis. However, there are restrictions. You can buy only 5 grams at a time and can’t light up inside. Like in America, Amsterdam has banned almost all indoor smoking. However, the cafes or cannabis bars do allow you to bring your own vape pen to use. Some even provide ones for the customers! The Netherlands is completely vape friendly and vaping devices are widely marketed.
Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legalize cannabis back in 2013. There are grower’s clubs whose members cultivate up to 99 plants for their 45 members – each receiving up to 40 grams a month. Just visiting? Know a citizen? Uruguay now sells government-grown strains of cannabis for $1 per gram, making it the cheapest in the world. The key is, though, you have to know a citizen. Unlike the Netherlands, take care with vaping. Uruguay has banned e-cigarettes, though some people have reported that they vaped unmolested by authorities.
In Spain, you can always go take in the sites of Spannabis every March. What is Spannabis? It’s the largest cannabis-community gathering in Europe. However, don’t go looking to buy or sell cannabis. You’ll need to be a part of a collective, where you’ll get a share of cannabis that has been cultivated for all. You can legally grow and possess cannabis privately – a good thing if you can’t get yourself an invite to a collective. Vaping is also legal in Spain – however – it may be prohibited indoors where smoking is prohibited.
The United States is fast becoming a destination for the lovers of cannabis – but only in a few states. If you live in California, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Massachusetts, Nevada, or Maine, then recreational cannabis is legal. There are some awesome places to live in each of these states and laws vary about how much can be possessed and how many plants can be cultivated. However, many of these states have cannabis shops and dispensaries which are very vape friendly. Knowledgeable salespeople can help you get the strain that you need to enjoy your cannabis experience.
Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001. Instead of treating drug users as criminals, they are treated as addicts and given help. As long as you keep less than 25 grams on your person, you won’t be arrested. However, keep in mind that growing it and selling it is still illegal.This makes it actually harder to come by in Portugal than other drugs. Like many other nations, including the United States, vaping indoors is prohibited and public vaping outside spaces where smoking is also banned is not recommended.
This is a list of just 5 of the cannabis friendly places around the world. Thinking that you’d like something different? Check out Canada, specifically Vancouver, British Columbia. For a tropical getaway, consider the Virgin Islands, which while a U.S. territory, have their own central government which decriminalized marijuana in 2014. Or go “down under” and visit Nimbin, Australia, home of MardiGrass, one of the biggest cannabis festivals in the country. In Nimbin, they openly tolerate the use and sale of cannabis.
So, for your next vacation – or if you’ve hit the lottery and decided that you’re going global – give these places some consideration. You won’t be disappointed if you’re primarily looking for a place with people who share your love of cannabis.