Things you should check before booking a cannabis vacation

Published Sep 29, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET
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As more people open up to the idea of a complete cannabis vacation, the tourism industry is moving to accommodate green-related needs, but it’s important to note that not all journeys sold and advertised to and for stoners are equal. Each place will have a different set of rules, culture, and way of doing things, and some of them might not be the dream journeys you might hope for, which is why it’s so important to do some research before booking. These are some of the most important questions you should ask yourself because the answers might surprise you and, in some cases, they could make or break your perfect getaway.

Are your accommodations cannabis-friendly?

It might seem like a given that your travel package would come complete with a cannabis hotel, or at the very least, one that is tolerant of consumers. Unfortunately, that’s just not always the case. Some accommodations will deliver cute little edibles to you for breakfast, and a few will let you indulge without ever having to leave your room, but most function just like ordinary hotels with no extras or rule stretches for visitors. Since you’re probably expecting the former, it’s best to check before you book.

If so, what does that really mean?

If you’re lucky, then your cannabis hotel will be a truly elevating experience but being green-friendly doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be a safe or comfortable place for you to smoke or eat. It also doesn’t mean that there will be any special treatment or assistance when you’re looking for 420 friendly things to do. Unless you want to spend the whole trip standing in a parking lot smoking pit, it’s best to find out before you go.

Can you bring pot products with you?

The answer to this will often depend on where you’re going and your chosen method of transportation. When you can bring a stash of goodies from home, it can save you a tonne of money, but in situations where that’s not allowed and you bring some anyway, it could be a massive headache that prolongs or even cancels your vacation. So, if you don’t want a criminal record or ban, it’s a good idea to check first.

Where is the closest place to shop for cannabis?

Even if you can bring pot products on this adventure, you might want to dabble in what local talents have to offer, but that will only be possible if there is somewhere nearby to re-up. The odd cannabis hotel will have dispensaries right on site so that you never have to leave resort life even for an instant. Most however will not be so convenient, and since you’re likely to make the journey on foot or in a taxi, it’s a great thing to know before you go.

What are the rules for public consumption?

You might find a glorious cannabis resort that accommodates all of your stoner's needs, complete with soothing amenities and more. Still, what rules lie beyond those doors is essential information if you want to explore at any point during your vacation. In some countries, public consumption is prohibited, while in others like Canada, you're free to walk down any sidewalk with a joint in hand. With such varying rules in each place, you’ll want to learn about the freedoms and restrictions to avoid fines or even arrests.

Are there any possession limits?

Most countries enforce possession limits of some sort, and some have different rules for visitors than they do for residents, so it’s important to make this distinction when you’re doing research. A few places are ok with movement with cannabis, as long as packages are sealed, but quite a few still want it stored a certain way if you do, which is why it’s essential to figure this out as you plan your trip.

Do local lounges require membership?

If you’re staying in a place that doesn’t allow public consumption or in a hotel that doesn’t provide you with a comfortable place to sit while you get high, then it’ll be handy to know the rules, locations, and regulations surrounding local lounges. Some will welcome anyone of legal age inside with open arms, but most require membership, which can take time, so be sure you figure out what it takes beforehand.

Is there a safe space to store your stash?

There are all different types of amenities you could search for, like hot tubs, heated pools, fitness rooms, or smoking gardens, but one of the most important is also often one of the most overlooked, and that’s a safe place to store your valuables including your stash. With room service coming and going, you’ll want to know that you can leave the premises while abiding by possession laws, with all of your expensive products locked away behind an extra lock and key or in a safe.

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