Marijuana tourism is on the rise world wide and a few key cities and countries are leading the charge in this billion-dol- – lar industry. The socio-economic implications are still formulating, but many governments currently find themselves caught between legislating marijuana supply, educating citizens and stemming the tide of the drug trade. In the United States, four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, but only Colorado and Washington have licensed dispensaries where you can buy marijuana with a prescription or for recreational use. There are places online where you can buy something like the walter white strain to be used for recreational use. These two states have marijuana tours reminiscent of California vineyards, but city and state tourism boards still shy away from promoting marijuana as an attraction with businesses that sell dispensary supplies to those who are interested purchasing.

Big hotel chains also avoid marijuana-friendly advertising, so weed travelers are booking cannabis tours that already include accommodations. In Amsterdam, unofficially dubbed the Napa Valley of Weed, the city offers more sophisticated tours. When visitors enter the citys famed brown cafes they are handed a menu with the offered marijuana strains of the day. The Dutchs approach to marijuana is directed at the idea that every human being can make their own decisions about matters concerning their own health. This tolerant policy isnt some miraculous solution to abate drug abuse. Its common sense. Their approach is two-fold: give citizens personal freedom of choice while closely monitoring the drug abuse landscape.

Cannabis Tourism 4Hollands focus is primarily on public health instead of emphasizing the criminal element. This approach means government can be more effective in informing the public on drug prevention and testing. One such way, cracking down on cultivation Hollands government is considering classifying marijuana with higher levels of THC as a hard drug. Marijuana growers are facing stiffer regulations. In the past, people could grow up to five plants legally. In 2011, new regulations narrowed the definition of a professional as anyone who grew marijuana with prepared soil, electric lights and selected seeds. Professional growers names are added to a blacklist and face eviction from government subsidized housing, which is roughly half of the Dutch population. This causes an increase in black market marijuana.

Human nature dictates that if you tell people they cant have something, theyre going to want more of it. As a result, coffee shops are taking risks in securing marijuana from illegal enterprises, willing to absorb criminal penalties. Naturally, marijuana is more expensive and the quality shoddy Despite Jamaicas ganja (local term for marijuana) loving reputation, the herb is illegal. Jamaicas ganja cultural roots run deep and the road to legalization is riddled with potholes. Earlier this year, the government voted to decriminalize up to two ounces of cannabis for medicinal purposes, personal use and holy sacrament of the Rastafarian community.

Cannabis Tourism 2A criminal record in Jamaica makes it hard to get a job or secure a coveted visa to America, Canada or England. Decriminalization unclogs the courts and frees up the polices time. A new cannabis licensing authority will regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana for legal purposes. Tourists who have prescriptions from their home country can pay the Ministry of Health for permits to buy marijuana during their stay in Jamaica. The new law eliminates the unnecessary source of friction between law enforcement and citizens and ensures young people arent shackled with criminal records for a little spliff (local term for joint). Jamaica joins Argentina, Colombia and Mexico in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

Like these countries, Jamaica recognizes that the harsh crackdown on ganja has failed to stifle the illegal consumption and trade. When it comes to the legalization of marijuana, Uruguays stance on the issue is landmark. The countrys bold new laws legalizing marijuana have positioned them as the only country to license and enforce rules for distribution and sale of marijuana and makes it the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers.

The nations aim to create a legal, regulated framework for marijuana, making it the first in modern times to do this. Dubbed The Great Experiment, all the worlds eyes are on Uruguay to see how they handle internal and international pressure over the impending weed boom and individual liberty. How does the concept of individuality come up against the governments regulations? Where do these countries get these numbers from? Jamaicas two ounces.

Hollands five grams. Uruguays forty grams. It all seems so arbitrary. Many savvy growers can yield ten pounds of marijuana from as little as four trees. Worldwide, countrys laws are shifting paradigms. The freedom of legalization and restriction of regulation are two sides of the same coin. One of the tenants of the legislation and decriminization is government regulates how much citizens smoke and exact control over the supply. Medical research and development will be controlled by the state as they closely monitor and restrict personal marijuana use.

BEST MARIJUANA TOURSD

My 420 Tours Personal service abounds on this tour. Founder Matt Brown says, Think of a friend who shows you this is real. The company offers complete guided experiences. The Dispensary and Grow tour ($129) gives visitors an education on the sativa and indica plants, the effects of THC and CBD, vaporizers, as well as a guide to edibles, which are foods that can have the same psychoactive effects as smoking. Public consumption of cannabis is banned in the state, however you can use vaporizers in some hotel rooms. The tour stops by Native Roots Apothecary for discounts on edibles. seattle – Kush TourisM Seattles leading cannabis tour is cerebrally focused. Founder, Chase Nobles, told the Seattle Times, Our tours more about education we take you to see something you cant otherwise see. The three- hour tours ($150) includes stops at Sky Gardens 30,000 square foot growing facility on Harbor Island, pot testing lab Analytical 360 and a glass blowing class where visitors make their own pipes. Amsterdam is fluxed with caf walking tours.

Cannabis Tourism 3Reefer purveyors delight over caf menu options dubbed Flowerbank and Candy Kush. City run, Iamsterdams two- hour tour ($30) delves into historical and educational facts on the cannabis plant and culture. The tour includes the citys first cafs in the Red Light District and Chinatown also to famed coffeehouses frequented by rock stars. JaMaica – hoTbox Tours Quick! When you think of Jamaica what comes to mind? Odds are, ganja. Yet ganja tours arent booming, in fact theyre barely making a whimper. Jamaica has decriminalized ganja possession of up to two ounces and households are allowed four trees. Attorney, Lord Anthony Gifford says, The potential for Jamaica to market ganja and make money is enormous. We should do as Uruguay. Ganja farms are often on steep hillsides where papaya and bananas trees form a canopy to cover the plants. Hotbox Tours include lodging ($200). After breakfast with ganja tea, visit a farm, learn to roll a proper joint, splash in the nearby river.

The tour embodies Jamaicas relaxed irie vibe. uruguay– MvD high Uruguays historical legislation makes it the first nation in modern times to create a regulated, legal framework for cannabis. At the moment, the average citizen isnt allowed to sell marijuana, instead its offered as a gift. The Sensorial City Tour ($200) is focused solely on getting high. Ride in a comfy air -conditioned van, visit a grow shop, the scenic grounds of River Plate in Parque Rodo, panoramic views of the Old City and local barrios. The final stop is well timed for the onset of the munchies a the Port Market.

Award winning writer/filmmaker, Diana OGilvies work is driven by her global curiosity and distinctive approach to authentic story telling. She was contributor to the travel anthology, TrailBlasian- Black Women Living in East Asia. Diana is also an avid photographer. She has published photography on Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar and Malaysia. Dianas photographic work was displayed at Seattles Wing Luke Museum in their summer 2013s exhibition on Asian sweets.

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