Cannabis could be the boost our tourism industry needs

Published Nov 6, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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The pandemic decimated the economy and pressing pause on non-essential travel has resulted in billions of lost revenue dollars. It’s been a difficult time to be involved in travel, but as the world begins to gradually reopen, there is hope for tomorrow, and cannabis is expected to play an important role in the industry's recovery.

A real interest in cannabis travel

The sudden interest in cannabis vacations isn’t based on perception, it’s a matter of fact proven in a 2020 report that revealed 29% of travelers for leisure and 18% of all American vacationers are looking for cannabis-related activities or facilities to explore. 25% of participants had already gone on one or more cannabis vacations, 44% of which were Gen Z and Millennials. For many years 420 friendly fun seekers had to travel to Amsterdam just to experience a real café, but times are changing, and other regions are moving to accommodate tokers of all sorts.

Legal weed states

This shift has occurred because so many US states have adopted some version of legalization which has opened doors and opportunities for brand new cannabis businesses to open and flourish. By the end of September 2021, 19 US states had legalized cannabis use alongside Washington DC, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam, leaving plenty of perfectly good real estate open and ready for the taking. 36 states have legalized cannabis for medical use, as has the District of Columbia and 4 US territories.

Though it is still illegal to use or sell cannabis at the federal level in the United States, much of the country is embracing the industry and all it has to offer including some pretty amazing vacation opportunities. Of course, it is important for vacationers to pay attention to local cannabis laws when they travel to avoid any problems, but these days, aside from a few annoyances like the fact you can’t bring weed home on a plane, it’s really easy for enthusiasts to indulge while enjoying some of the fanciest getaways.

Different types of cannabis vacation destinations

New cannabis tourism options are hitting the market every single day, as is expected in an industry that is still so quickly evolving and adapting to the times, but these are some of the most popular 420 friendly vacation ideas of 2021.

1. Cannabis Museum

If you want to learn about the history and science sides of cannabis, then there is no better place to get hands-on lessons than at a cannabis museum. There are only a few of these in existence today, and the ones that are out there have some of the most incredible displays and offerings that are perfect for consumers of all sorts.

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2. Bud and breakfast

Those who want a more intimate getaway without the hustle and bustle of a giant motel might want to consider a ‘bud and breakfast’, where guests are welcome to indulge and laze their days away, and sometimes even offered unique tours that encourage visitors to explore the areas of the cannabis-focused locations.

3. 5-star resort

Some cannabis enthusiasts prefer peace and quiet, but then there are those who want luxury and there's no better place to get that than at a 5-star resort that has all of the usual offerings of a traditional hotel with a few added bonuses, like consumption spaces, or on-site stores so that you can stock up on weed without ever having to leave.

4. Lounge

Cannabis lounges are practically everything you need in a 420 friendly vacation rolled into one without overnight stay privileges, and they’re pretty awesome, offering everything from educational resources to a safe place where consumers can come to consume cannabis without any worry about breaking local laws.

5. Church

It might surprise you, but cannabis enthusiasts have already made entirely religions surrounding the plant, and for some travelers, there is nothing more spiritually uplifting than visiting one of these holy locations for themselves.

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