The Great American Weed: Best Cities to Legally Toke Up in the U.S.

The legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes is rapidly changing in America. Many states are adjusting their laws and regulations on weed, or creating new ones altogether. Most recently, Michigan voters passed an amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana, and Utah and Missouri approved the drug for medical use.

While some states allow you to carry up to one ounce of marijuana on you, it is still illegal to smoke up or consume in public, in company of children, or outside of your own home, depending on where you are, and the fines for doing so can be up to $500. In other words, don’t do that. Additionally, in many states where recreational weed is legal, you need a medical marijuana card to purchase. And no matter where you are, it’s illegal to drive while high. It’s always a good idea to ask a friend to be your DD before you light up.

As legal marijuana becomes more readily available, places like Colorado and Oregon are taking on a new life, allowing residents and visiting stoners to experience abstract art museums, outdoor sculpture gardens, ice cream shops, and hybrid comfort food pubs as they never have before. In honor of this cultural shift, we’ve uncovered our favorite places to toke up in the United States—the best cities to smoke weed in legally, towns that are full of activities to keep you occupied and entertained when you’re high AF. Just remember, laws are subject to change, so double check the most up-to-date ordinances before you fire up the bong.

Anchorage, Alaska

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Though adults 21 years of age and older have legally been able to purchase cannabis for recreational use in Alaska since 2014, it took almost two years for the first dispensary to open up. But visit now, and see that Alaska has been set ablaze (pun intended).

Before you start your day at the dispensary, stop at a Kaladi Brothers Coffee for a cup of joe from one of the top coffee roasters in the in the state. If you’re looking for something local and indulgent, head to Glacier Brewhouse for a bite of Bering Sea king crab or a house-brewed beer, then relax at Bear Tooth Theatrepub while you catch a second-run flick on the big screen.

Of course, in a place like Anchorage, it’d be a crime not to enjoy the great outdoors. Try not to cry when you visit the Chugach National Park and Forest, where stunning mountainscapes and glaciers can be seen along the hiking trails. Risk takers can get even higher with a birdseye view on the Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway, and if you’re looking for something to squeal about, visit the Alaska Zoo (or keep your eyes peeled for moose in the wild).

Boston, Massachusetts

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Since late 2016, you can legally possess and use one ounce of marijuana if you’re over 21, but it’s still illegal for you to purchase there.

Discover why the cannoli is an underrated dessert essential at Mike’s Pastry, dive face first into caramel covered french toast with bananas at Paramount for brunch, or find out how many oysters you can consume at Legal Harborside. Take a walk along the Charles River path, and then take a duck boat tour in an amphibious World War II vehicle if you want to have your mind blown with Boston’s rich history. You can also stare into the 200,000-gallon Caribbean coral reef tank at the New England Aquarium.

Burlington, Vermont

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As of June 1, 2018, adults aged 21 and older can legally possess one ounce of cannabis and cultivate two plants of their own in Vermont.

If you’re ready to do some impulse buying, stroll around the heart of Burlington at the Church Street Marketplace to visit some of the 100+ shops located there—you can find everything from artisan crafts made by local artists at Frog Hollow, to funky clothing stores like Sweet Lady Jane’s. You’ll find a cultural community of gig-goers at ArtsRiot, an arts and music venue with its own restaurant, and get into the groove; if you visit on a Friday, grab a bite from one of the food trucks that come to their weekly Truck Stop. Once you’re ready to chill, visit Lake Champlain and mosy around the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center for interactive exhibits and stories about Champ, the monster of Lake Champlain (we’re not liable for any hallucinations).

Whether you’re winding down in the evening or looking for a mid-day pick-me-up, stop by Citizen Cider for a flight of homemade ciders curated from fresh Vermont apples. If cider’s not your thing, you can grab a beer at the original Zero Gravity Brewpub, which also happens to be home to local favorite pizza place, American Flatbread.

Denver, Colorado

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Stoner paradise. Since 2012, you can legally purchase up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes from a licensed dispensary if you’re over 21. As of 2016, there is a motion to pass and legalize social marijuana use—meaning you can go to a local bar, club, or venue that has a special permit and smoke on-site.

Pay tribute to how you survived your college years and visit the very first Chipotle, a half Grateful Dead / half dive themed bar called Sancho’s Broken Arrow, and then the Cheba Hut, a stoner-themed chain restaurant with a variety of toasted sandwiches.

For all things pizza, head to Sexy Pizza or Mary Jane’s Pizza (open until 4:20am, because of course). Go to Sweet Cow to live your authentic self and dive into wild flavors of ice cream, like Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet, or Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel.

If you’re looking to experience a relaxing workout, open to reimagining your entire existence, or want to get a good stare going, try a yoga class at Bend & Blaze. Wanna play games? Hit everything from pinball to Jenga at OneUp; FTW, another local gastro-pub and game hall, has over 100 games, including shuffleboard.Go for a walk through the Space Gallery, and examine abstract artwork or throw a frisbee at Common Parks as you look over the skyline and wonder how we’re all just skeletons walking around in meat suits.

If you’re feeling like you want to sit down with a bunch of other stoners, talk about why we park on “driveways” and drive on “highways,” and do arts and crafts, there are local crafternoon classes of Puff & Paint, Puff & Pottery, and Puff & Cooking. The list goes on at Colorado Cannabis Tours. You can also eat bison testicles at Rocky Mountain Oyster.

Oh, and catch a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for unreal acoustics if you’re up for the trek just a bit outside Denver.

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Since July 2017, you can legally purchase and carry one ounce of marijuana—or an eighth-ounce of concentrates like wax, shatter, and oil—for recreational purposes from a licensed dispensary if you’re over 21.

Venture to the Pinball Hall of Fame and play all your favorite retro video games and iconic pinball machines. Play House of The Dead, Dance Dance Revolution, Jurassic Park, and any other game your anxiety can handle in the basement of the Excalibur Hotel. Bask in the air-conditioned Luxor lobby as you stare longingly at the pyramid shaped ceiling. You can sign up for one big regret at the Heart Attack Cafe on the Strip, or take it easy with a taste of Momofuku and their Milkbar for everything sweet and delicious.

Portland, Maine

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Since early 2017, you can legally carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana and, again, only smoke in a private location if you are over 21.

Yetis. Bigfoot. Lake Monsters. Everything in your wildest dreams and stoner fantasies comes to life at the International Cryptozoology Museum. Find a little bit of sunshine in the Umbrella Cover Museum—yes, an entire collection of different umbrella cover designs, patterns, and prints. Got the munchies? Head to Duckfat for the obviously duck-fat-fried fries and hot-pressed paninis.

Portland, Oregon

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You can legally possess weed and use it at home or on private property if you’re over 21, and you can acquire it either as a gift (with no money exchanged) or purchase it from a licensed retail location.

After smoking, get lost in a world of pan-Asian treats and snacks galore at Fubonn Market, play every arcade and pinball game at Ground Kontrol, and browse shelves upon shelves of titles at the largest independent bookstore at Powell’s. Unwind and watch the sunset from Skidmore Bluffs—or get freaked out by exploring the ruins of The Witch’s Castle. Get a family-sized dish of delight from the legendary Pok Pok, and top it off with insanely delicious Voodoo Doughnuts, like a Fruit Loop-glazed one or a bacon maple bar.

Hike up Rocky Butte and get a stellar view of Mount Hood, order the “æbleskiver” at Broder Nord for brunch, and experience the infamous shower scene from Psychorecreated IRL at Movie Madness Museum. Alternately, stop by the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium for a creepy look into an offbeat world of secrets, conspiracies, and other odd ephemera.

San Francisco, California

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Public consumption of weed is illegal, so keep it at home or on private property. However, adults over 21 can possess up to an ounce of weed or eight grams of concentrate. In 2018, you’ll be able to purchase marijuana for recreational use, in addition to medical use. Adults can already legally grow up to 6 plants for personal consumption.

If you’re high in town, you can stroll through the Presidio’s winding pathways, or take an Uber/Lyft down the winding Lombard Street to become more thankful for brakes. Taste every kind of baked good and all forms of toast at The Mill, enjoy unusually delicious flavors of ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, and conquer the best bowl of ramen at Nojo.

Step up to a new level of trippy and try to walk up the Secret Tiled Staircase; bring a piece of cardboard and slide down a concrete slide at Seward Street, or bring a friend and go exploring Albion Castle’s underground caves and passageways. Explore a maze of mirrors at Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze, or go to a theatre specifically built around experiencing sound at the Audium Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space.

Get handsy at Exploratorium, where you can touch and play with the exhibits. Pray to the Force at the Yoda Fountain, or stop by San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers to see flowers and plants that you only thought exists in video games, storybooks, and your imagination. Before you come down, take a moment of zen at the Japanese Tea garden, bask in the exotic tree species over at Mescaline Grove, and find any burrito your heart desires in the Mission District.

Seattle, Washington

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Since 2012, you can legally purchase up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes from a licensed dispensary if you’re over 21.

In town, you can get trippy on glass sculptures at the Chihuly Garden and Glass, go sky high at the Sky View Observatory in The Columbia Tower, or play a wild array of video games at Gameworks or Georgetown Liquor Co. If you’re up for some warmer and fuzzy feelings, head to the Seattle Aquarium to visit the sea otters. If you’re feeling curious about what life was like in the dark days before marijuana was legalized, then head to the Dockside Cannabis Museum to explore prohibition-era items of yonder.

Hungry? Go to Dick’s Drive in for a Dick’s Deluxe, fries, and a chocolate milkshake—or head to Paseo to smash one of their iconic sandwiches. Still hungry? Of course you are. Head to Full Tilt Ice Cream for a brain freeze on all things creamy—skip the cupcakes at Cupcake Royal and get the Bananza with a caramel and fudge brownie or head to Hot Cakes for a creation of your own.

Washington D.C.

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Since 2014, you can smoke and carry recreational weed in the nation’s capital as you please, as long as it’s under two ounces and it was “gifted” to you. You are allowed to possess it, but not allowed to purchase it here. Bummer.

Once you do smoke, you can eat everything deep fried at Amsterdam Falafel, experience the glory of having your own personal pie at &Pizza, or walk into a stoner’s paradise at Maketto Marketplace, where you’ll find everything from dim sum to donuts. You can also take a stroll through Hirschorn Sculpture Garden, listen and feel all the experience of airplanes landing over you at Gravelly Point Park, or take a hike with plenty of water and snacks up to Mount Vernon.

If you’re into getting deep, you can confirm all of your wild conspiracy theories at the International Spy Museum, stare at confiscated bongs at the DEA Museum inside the lobby of the actual DEA (risky!), or trip out and connect all the lighted dots at the Villareal Tunnel exhibit at The National Gallery. [Souce:]