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Tips for traveling to where the grass is greener (and legal)
Monday, 16th May 2016
Source : KAYAK

With pot receiving legal status in a few US states, and more potentially jumping on the bandwagon, there’s a growing interest in marijuana-based travel and with that in mind, we’ve gathered six destinations that are perfect to visit this spring and summer " and are where pot is legal.

By highlighting marijuana’s legal status and hacking our data to reveal the median airfare, median hotel rate and recommendations for when to book, we’re giving you the information you need to make the right decisions (at least in a travel-sense).

Anchorage, Alaska:

Legal Status: Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is legal if you’re 21 or older. Retail stores (similar to those in Colorado) are projected to open this summer. However, consuming or smoking weed in public remains illegal.*

When to Book: Book your flight at least 6 " 12 weeks before departure.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Legal Status: The city is known for its “coffee shops,” which are basically designated smoking areas for weed. However, while pot is legal almost across the board, transporting and selling could get you into trouble.*

When to Book: Book your flight at least 4 " 8 weeks before departure.

Portland, Oregon:

Legal Status: On July 1, 2015, Oregon residents over the age of 21 were officially allowed to possess, use and grow marijuana. Soon after this announcement, local craft shops began selling artisanal, hand-crafted, pour-over hemp made from fair trade, organic plants (okay, not really).*

When to Book: Book your flight at least 4 " 10 weeks before departure.

Lisbon, Portugal

Legal Status: In 2001, Portugal became the first nation to decriminalize the use of all drugs (you read that right. All drugs). When there, you’re allowed to have up to 25 grams of pot on you. However, consumption needs to be on private property and designated areas because while carrying it is legal, using in public will incur a fine or referral for treatment.*

When to Book: Book your flight at least 6-8 months before departure.

Denver, Colorado:

Legal Status: While tourists can certainly partake, they are limited to purchasing no more than a quarter of an ounce at a time (residents however can purchase up to a full ounce). To make sure they’re staying legit, most shops will only allow you one transaction a day. And no, they won’t be fooled by your Groucho Glasses disguise.*

When to Book: Book your flight at least 4 " 7 weeks before departure.

Seattle, Washington

Legal Status: In 2014, the city’s first legal pot store opened for business. While recreational users are free to exercise their purchasing power at these licensed shops, consumption and smoking pot is still limited to the home or on private property.*

When to Book: Book your flight at least 5 " 9 weeks before departure.

As pot-based travel is still new in most cases, it’s important to remember that there are gray areas to navigate. Here are a few travel tips:

We aren’t lawyers: Do your own due diligence before you travel, don’t rely on us for legal advice regarding the legality of marijuana.

We aren’t doctors: Do your own due diligence before you use pot. By us telling you where it may be legal, we aren’t recommending consumption. That’s your own choice at your own risk.

Do not pass go: As soon as you cross the TSA line, you’re in federal territory (remember: marijuana is still totally illegal at the federal level).

Understand what legalization means: Just because a place has “legalized” pot, does not mean you can use it as soon as your feet touch the ground. Most places still have restrictions on where you can use it (i.e. only at home, never in public) so make sure you’re following code.

Don’t bring it on the plane: That means not in your carry on or your checked back. Pot is 100% not allowed on flights of any kind. Don’t pack it.

Medical marijuana is the same as recreational in the Fed’s eyes: We know all about your “headaches” but even if you present a legit medical note, it does not matter. Pot is pot is pot is illegal according to the US government.

Sources:
Alaska: CNN
Netherlands: BBC
Oregon: What’s Legal Oregon
Portugal: Washington Post
Colorado: Colorado Pot Guide
Washington: Curbed Seattle

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