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10 Weed Enthusiast-Approved Travel Destinations for 2018

Smoke weed everyday, on vacation. 

In late January, Vermont became the ninth U.S. state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, and the first to do so through its state legislature. It could stand to increase visitation to the Green Mountain State, as weed tourism has flourished in other places where pot has been made legal. While we patiently wait for the smoke lounges to open, we’ve rounded up 10 other places in the U.S. and beyond that are worth a visit if you’re craving vacation that is also smoke-friendly.

Bong hits on the bus during the Colorado Cannabis Tour

10. Take a Weed Tour in Denver

Last year, over 1 billion dollars-worth of legal pot was sold in Colorado, according to the Department of Revenue. Visitors to Denver, where pot has been legal throughout the state since 2014, can sign up for the Mile High City’s longest running marijuana tour, run by Colorado Cannabis Tours. The tour takes you to a state of the art marijuana growing facility, a glass pipe blowing demo, several dispensaries, and lunch at the cannabis-themed Cheba Hut, all in a 420-friendly limousine. ColoradoCannabisTours.com, ChebaHut.com

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9. Head Down Under to Celebrate MardiGrass in Australia

Since 1993, stoners in the tiny town of Nimbin, in northern New South Wales, Australia, have been gathering on the first weekend of May to protest drug laws (only medical marijuana is currently legal) and to celebrate all things green. The weekend consists of smoking contests, something called the “Weed Olympics,” a ganja parade, and educational seminars to spread knowledge on all the benefits of reefer. They call this three day party MardiGrass. This year’s event will take place on May 4 to May 6. Nimbinmardigrass.com

Even Vader goes green for MardiGrass

8. Munch on a Space Cake in Amsterdam

Though weed is technically illegal in the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s famed coffeeshops are allowed to sell up to 5 grams a day to any customer over 18. If you prefer to get your high in edible form, you’ve got to try a space cake in Europe’s original weed capital. A heady baked good, space cakes can take on many flavors in the city’s many coffee shops. The one at Coffeeshop Paradox contains a solid gram of weed per slice. Plus, they have a lovely list of milkshakes to help wash it down. CoffeeshopParadox.com

7. Take a Walk Down Vancouver’s “Pot Block”

Marijuana will be legal across Canada starting in July, but Vancouver has been a relatively safe space for smokers for years. Take in a slice of the scene by strolling the Pot Block, the 300-block of West Hasting Street in downtown Vancouver is chock-full of heady destinations. There’s the Herb Museum, Marc Emery’s Cannabis Culture Headquarters — a shop selling ganja gear like pipes, grinders, books, films, and even games — the offices of Pot TV and Cannabis Culture Magazine, the smoke-friendly New Amsterdam Cafe, and numerous medical dispensaries. Herbmuseum.ca, Cannabisculture.com, NewAmsterdamCafe.com

The New Amsterdam Cafe in Vancouver.

6. Try a Downward Dank Pose at Ganja Yoga in San Francisco

If you’re in the mood for some serious mindfulness, try smoking up before your vinyasa. At Ganja Yoga in San Francisco, classes start with 30 minutes of social weed time, with participants sharing joints, edibles, and vapes before getting on the mat for an instructor-led flow. Recreational marijuana is legal in Cali, so after this class nothing should harsh your mellow. theganjayoga.com

5. Grab a Slice of Happy Pizza in Cambodia

Though weed is technically illegal in Cambodia, if that doesn’t deter you, it’s easy to get high on the waterfront in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Stroll down by the riverside and look for one of the many pizza places with “Happy” in the name — like Happy Herb Pizza, Special Happy Pizza, or Happy Angkor Pizza, and order a slice with “extra happy.” It will come with your bud baked right in. Happy Herb Pizza, Special Happy Pizza, Happy Angkor Pizza

Happy Pizza in Cambodia. Photo courtesy of instagram.com/the_toking_traveler.

4. Join a Cannabis Club in Barcelona

It’s illegal to sell or buy weed in Spain, but Barcelona’s cannabis clubs have a way around it. The private, member-only spaces essentially work like a co-op. Instead of showing up and buying weed, you pay a fee that goes towards a share of what’s grown and distributed amongst members as well as upkeep of the club, so you’re not technically buying drugs. Though you can join by invitation only, tourists can apply for membership. SoloWeed.com has put together a helpful guide to doing this. Check out CannabisBarcelona.com for clubs that are currently accepting members. Cannabisbarcelona.com, soloweed.com

3. Pay Your Respects to Bob Marley in Jamaica

Weed and Jamaica go together like peanut butter and jelly. Though it’s technically illegal, it’s been decriminalized since 2015 and very easy to come by. But rather than spend your entire trip blazed out on the beach, why not get to know more about the ganja culture? From Negril, you can book a tour to Bob Marley’s birthplace in the town of Nine Mile and tour a ganja farm nearby. Weed, lunch, and positive vibes are included. Hotboxjamaica.com, Explorerjamaica.com

Nine Miles tour guide Captain Crazy.
Bob Marley's birthpace in Nine Mile, Jamaica.

2. See Where Weed History was Made in Uruguay

In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to completely legalize weed. And while it’s illegal for non-citizens to purchase marijuana there, residents can grow up to six plants and are allowed to gift weed to anyone they like. You can learn all about the country’s landmark legislation by visiting the capital city and checking out the Montevideo Cannabis Museum, or take a tour of the gorgeous town and all its green offerings, complete with a lot of sampling. Museocannabis.uy, Uruguaymarijuanatours.com

1. Stay in a Bud and Breakfast in Maine

It’s still illegal to buy or sell weed in Maine, but adults can have six plants and possess up to 2.5 ounces for personal use, and some people are sharing their harvest. At Maine Greenyards Bed and Breakfast in Auburn, Maine, you can stay in an old mansion, wake up with the morning sun, and walk out into the garden to trim your own weed. Mainegreenyards.com

The garden is a great place to relax at Maine Greenyards. 
Sun, fresh air, and dank weed. 

The 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Title Must Use 1 of These 3 Words to Be Perfect

A good Star Wars subtitle isn’t just badass; it has to say Star Wars without saying Star Wars.

As everyone holds their breath for any hard info about Star Wars: Episode IX, it’s fun to remember that no matter what the title of the movie ends up being, it’s really just the subtitle. The title of the movie is still just “Star Wars” with a number after it. Plus, there’s no way everyone will be happy about it.

How Tinder Accidentally Exposed Society's Inherent Racism

The five-year-old dating app shed light on an uncomfortable set of stereotypes.

Tinder revolutionized the dating world when it was launched five years ago. The dating app’s unique design inspired a surge of location-based “swipe” apps which collectively morphed online dating from an odd, secretive habit into an acceptable way to meet partners. The algorithm-based sites of the early 2000s now look obsolete, and for millions, dating has been boiled down to one essential question: “Is this person hot?”

Goop's "Trusted Expert" Anthony William Dispenses Junk Science, Say Critics

How has the Florida-based huckster got away with it for so long?

In the spring of 2013, Kate Gallagher Leong called Anthony William. She was desperate for help. Forty-eight days later, her son, Gavin, was dead.

Prior to what would be their first — and last — phone call, Leong had opened up on her parenting blog about Gavin and his seemingly incurable illness. Gavin suffered from hearing and respiratory issues, in addition to other mysterious symptoms. Despite taking him to specialists, Leong’s search for a diagnosis turned up fruitless. When she got an email from a blog reader suggesting she reach out to a man named Anthony William, she didn’t hesitate.

Darwin Day: Rejected and Revived by US Politicians Each Year Since 2011

"People think that Darwin is controversial -- partially because he is controversial."

On February 12, a few American cities from Connecticut to California celebrate Darwin Day to honor the birthday of the 19th-century naturalist whose discerning eye and attention to detail gave us the theory of evolution. But for the past eight years, lawmakers who believe there’s a lot riding on a national Darwin Day have been trying to get the legendary evolutionary biologist recognized on the national stage. Each time, they failed.

Robot Citizenship: Why Our Artificial Assistants May One Day Need Passports

SingularityNET is working with the government.

The year is 2030. You’ve just received an email: The dream job in Japan is yours. You start making phone calls, looking up the rent on Tokyo apartments, and getting ready to make the career move of a lifetime. There’s just one problem: Can your Siri get a visa?

It’s a potential roadblock that’s less farfetched than you’d think. In November 2018, Maltese government minister Silvio Schembri announced an initiative to grapple with questions like how many robots to let into the country at one time and more. Malta.ai is aimed at making Malta one of the top 10 countries in the world when it comes to readiness for advanced A.I.. One of its first tasks is to explore, along with SingularityNET, how to institute a kind of citizenship test for robots. SingularityNET CEO Ben Goertzel elaborated on the idea a few three days after the announcement in a blog post. His goal is to make sure that, as robots and A.I. continue to become more sophisticated and autonomous, they will still know how to follow and respect the laws of the land.