About a third of vacationers polled say they interest in weed-related activities.
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The summer tourism season is in full swing, as cabin-fevered Americans from coast to coast are taking to the skies and the roadways once again.
One of the differences between this summer and summer’s past? The prevalence of legal cannabis. In fact, visitors to states where adult-use cannabis is legal – there are 17 of them, plus the District of Columbia – might find themselves surprised at how ubiquitous cannabis has become.
That’s good news not only for cannabis tourism but overall tourism, according to the Cannabis Travel Association (CTA). In a 2020 report on cannabis tourism, they wrote that “cannabis tourism stimulates the overall tourism economy. And, unlike competing with events, hotels, and restaurants, cannabis acts as an enhancer, assisting visitors in making the very most of their experiences.”
According to a survey of Americans, about 29 percent of travelers are interested in cannabis-related activities while on vacation. As for destinations, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington top the list of the states that travelers want to visit where adult-use weed is legal.
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Not everyone is happy
Cannabis is so everywhere this summer that the New York Times made it the subject of a travel story. Interestingly, much of the article is spent on comments from travelers who are not amused. One said they had no idea Nevada had made cannabis legal even though it’s been sold there since July 2017.
“We smelled it everywhere,” she said. Another said it’s “not very fair” that she could smell cannabis at her hotel