Weed tourism is growing in the United States, as fewer travelers are booking flights to Amsterdam; and more people are looking for flights to pot-friendly cities in the U.S., making Oregon Marijuana Tourism an alternative destination.
After Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. legalized recreational marijuana; Hipmunk searches for flights to Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. went up by 37%, 15% and 21% respectively, compared to the same time the year before. We can only expect that “green”vacations will increase if California votes to legalize it November.
Legalization of pot seems like a foregone conclusion as more and more states legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The benefits of medical marijuana have been well documented for years; pot use is receiving more widespread acceptance and for good reason. States that have legalized marijuana have seen a decrease in the use of prescription drugs, and PBS recently aired a segment about NFL players petitioning the league to sanction marijuana as a healthy pain treating substitute for opioids.
Current NFL player and marijuana advocate, Eugene Monroe, made news after he donated $80,000 to research the effects of marijuana on pain and concussions; a topic dominating sports news these days.
Oregon Marijuana Tourism
Oregon is a super dope place to live and has been a very marijuana-friendly state for years. It was the first state to decriminalize cannabis in 1973. They legalized medical marijuana in 1998 (many states have followed), and they legalized recreational marijuana for anyone over the age of 21. The implementation of recreational marijuana use in most Oregon cities began on July 1st, 2015, joining Washington, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington DC.
Recreational Use of Pot in Portland
Since recreational weed in Portland was legalized in July 2015, the industry there is really booming, with $11 million in sales in the state in the first week alone. Most of that, of course, came from Portland, where Leafly says there are over a hundred dispensaries.
But don’t plan to get high anywhere in public. That is forbidden. According to Portland DUI Attorney, Andy Green, “after legalization in the state; the police have been scrambling to find other ways to bust people now that it’s no longer a crime”.
Arranging even a special permit for public smoking with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission was so difficult; that High Times cancelled its planned 2015 Oregon Cannabis Cup, with the magazine’s event director stating it was “the most difficult of all of our Cannabis Cups to get off the ground.” The weed-themed magazine held six outdoor pot celebrations this year; three in California and one each in Michigan, Colorado, and Jamaica.
At that time any person 21 or older, whether they’re a resident of Oregon or not, can possess up to 1 ounce of pot (about 28 joints) on their person, up to 8 ounces in their home and up to four plants.
The law also allows a person to possess up to 1 pound of solid edibles like cookies, 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid like soda or lotion and 1 ounce of marijuana extract.
Find out more about Oregon Laws and Use of Pot
Check out these official websites for detailed information regarding what is legal in Oregon:
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If you want to light up while touring Oregon, it is wise to try and find pot friendly accommodation. You can find them throughout the state, in western Oregon predominantly. Conservative counties in the eastern part of the state (closer to uber-Republican Idaho) continue to keep marijuana illegal, and they’ve bolstered law enforcement at the Idaho/Oregon border.
Along with Portland, there are some other pot-friendly cities in Oregon; but it’s still difficult to find accommodation that allows marijuana smoking.
Eugene is full of dispensaries, and the city’s main draw is the outdoors, but it’s still illegal to get high on the gorgeous public lands. There is one explicitly pot-friendly place to stay in the city, so tourists looking to get high should probably stick to edibles in the great outdoors, and contact friends and friends of friends in search of cannabis-friendly couches to stay on.
Like Eugene, Bend is best known as a jumping-off point for exploring the outdoors. Located just outside of Deschutes National Forest and close to the lava-formed caves, lakes, and obsidian fields of the Newberry Volcano; Bend would be a perfect place to go get high in nature… if only that were legal.
Still, the city boasts even more dispensaries than Eugene, and local reports from the first week of legal recreational sales seemed to imply that the police might just ask you to “refrain” if they see you smoking in public rather than ticketing you on the spot.
Check out the site Bud and Breakfast, the Airbnb for stoners, to find “cannabis friendly lodging” in Oregon; other states where recreational use is legal; and internationally (Uruguay, Jamaica) where they have legalized the chronic.