Although recreational use of cannabis is still illegal in many places, cannabis tourism is getting more and more popular and reports about great cannabis travel destinations are springing up like mushrooms. While places like Amsterdam are famous for their cannabis tourism, there are still many rather unknown travel destinations for cannabis enthusiasts.
In every society, there are always lateral thinkers. People who aren’t comfortable with the law or the current societal standards and who have a great need for personal freedom. However, they seldom get a valid place to run free. But there is a small district in the middle of Copenhagen that fills that hole with an old and intriguing history. If you have ever wondered where an anarchist ideology could ever be practical, the 84-acre autonomous Freetown Christiania is inhabited by an anarchist collective that has its own flag, currency and is widely untouched by the executive of Denmark. This so-called “Green Light District” of Denmark’s capital shelters cannabis shops which are open 24 hours a day.
It’s mind-boggling to see people living a truly alternative lifestyle in a democratic government where rules only come into place through consensus. Of course, this aroused the interest of many travellers. Tourists have come to visit this iconic place either for cultural reasons or just for the opportunity to legally buy cannabis flowers. Of course, such anarchist ideology cuts both ways: There have been occasional violent outbreaks, of which some even ended deadly.
Nevertheless, those incidents happen once in a blue moon and every ideology has its price. It is true that you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs, but you will undoubtedly meet a lot of free spirits in this legendary subculture of Christiania. Make it a priority on your cannabis travel bucket list and, if you do, make sure to leave your camera outside. Shooting photos is strictly prohibited, so if you came to make an Instagram post, you are in the wrong place.
Imagine Amsterdam with beautiful beaches, cheaper restaurants, a wonderful climate and sunny days for the majority of the time. Too good to be true? Well, that’s exactly what you can find in Barcelona. While the majority of people associate coffee shops with Amsterdam, you can find the exact same concept in Barcelona, just with a different name. It’s called “Social Clubs” over there, and that’s what it really is. A place where people meet to play billiards, table soccer or just to lean back, relax and roll a joint. These clubs also have a wide range of different strains which are served behind a bar, just like in Amsterdam, but, once again, for lower prices.
All of this makes Barcelona the sunnier and better version of Amsterdam since you have many different attractions besides the beautiful weather. Whether it is the party capital “Lloret de Mar”, which is only one hour away with the train, or the fresh food market “Mercat de la Boqueria” you will find directly in the centre of Barcelona.
Of course, the world-famous capital of the Netherlands can’t be missing on any cannabis destinations list. While there are dozens of lists mentioning Amsterdam as one of the best cannabis destinations, it’s noteworthy to mention what Amsterdam ultimately differentiates from other popular cannabis tourism targets. Amsterdam’s famous Coffeeshop Barney’s Coffeeshop offers the possibility to consume the grinded cannabis flowers with Storz & Bickel’s famous vaporizer Volcano.
Additionally, many coffee shops provide tobacco alternatives in the form of less harmful herbs. This, in addition to the availability of dozens of superb healthy restaurants, makes Amsterdam the favourite choice of every health conscious individual.
The neighbouring country of the Netherlands decriminalized the possession of up to three grams of cannabis flowers. That being said, it is still illegal to consume cannabis in public places. While Belgium legalized medical cannabis for patients, recreational consumption is only tolerated within social clubs, similarly to Spain.
Prague, Czech Republic
Famous for its legendary beer and German-like food, the capital of the Czech Republic has various interesting and visit-worthy places. While the sale of marijuana in the Czech Republic has never been legal and is punishable by five years of imprisonment, the possession of cannabis flowers is tolerated to up to 15 grams and carries a maximum fine of roughly €550. However, the quality is probably going to be significantly lower than in places where you can legally buy cannabis.
Keeping that in mind, one should always exercise caution when buying any of flowers sold on the streets. Apart from that, the marvellous architecture of Prague harbours fantastic buildings like the national museum at the Wenzelsplatz, the Karlsbridge, the castle of Prague or the impressive Teynchurch.
Lucerne is probably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its Venice-like architecture and its inner city lake. Switzerland is popular for its numerous mountains and its excellent cheese and, with the legalization of medical cannabis, it proved once again that it’s on the ball and sets its focus right. What’s more, the possession and consumption of small quantities of cannabis is usually not prosecuted in Switzerland — even though the trading of the drug is still a punishable offence.
Since August 2017, you can legally buy canned hemp flowers in Switzerland, and, since October 2017, you can buy thc-excluding cbd weed as well as hemp cigarettes at the shop next door. To be more precise, only the sale of flowers with less than one percent of THC content is allowed.
With many states in Europe, like Luxembourg, decriminalizing the possession of small amounts and pending legislative proposals, like the one in Italy, the cannabis industry is set to evolve at a rapid pace. It seems to only be a matter of time until many other European countries jump on the bandwagon and legalize medical and recreational cannabis. While many understand the excellent prospects of the flourishing billion dollar industry, more will follow to make hay while the sun shines.
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