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The Best 420-Friendly Airbnbs in Cannabis-Legal States

Even when traveling to states where cannabis is legal for adult use, there are few to no places where you can legally consume the products themselves. Very few hotels will allow cannabis consumption of any kind on the premises, and you’re not legally able to consume in public. Luckily, those rules do not apply to private lodging options, like Airbnbs.

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Airbnb has no official policy on cannabis, leaving it up to the host to decide whether to allow cannabis consumption in their residence, so several progressively-minded hosts in cannabis-friendly states have chosen to make their homes and rooms 420-friendly. Some invite visitors to BYOC and either consume anywhere or in designated smoking areas, and in some cases, hosts will even offer a cannabis welcome kit that may include locally grown flowers, pipes, rolling papers, or other useful items.

That said, these Airbnbs can be tough to find, thanks to the lack of a filter for 420-friendly listings on Airbnb’s site, so we’ve compiled a list of some favorite cannabis-friendly listings in Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Washington DC. Love another cannabis-friendly Airbnb not listed below? Share it in the comments!

Note: Prices listed may change over time.

ALASKA

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Hope, Alaska

Per night: $250 and up

The seven cabins and one private cottage that make up Bowmans’ Bearcreek Lodge are situated on the Kenai Peninsula in Hope, a secluded town with a population of fewer than 200. It’s a woodsy getaway on the Turnagain Arm, meaning accessible water activities can include fishing, whale watching, rafting, and more. If you want to learn about the town’s history and the Turnagain Arm Goldrush, you can mosey over to the Hope & Sunrise Museum. Or, just hang around the lodge, where you’ll find a nightly campfire and a five-course dinner are included in the rental price. Bonus: There’s an ice cream truck on-site for when you get the munchies.

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Anchorage, Alaska

Per night: $135

Doesn’t a cannabis-friendly forest hideaway in Anchorage sound like a dream? This cozy “treehouse” has amenities including a small kitchen, private deck, and a hot tub. Hiking and biking trails are located nearby, and guests can get to downtown Anchorage via a relatively short (for sprawling Anchorage) 35-minute drive.

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CALIFORNIA

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Plymouth, California

Per night: $75

The Sweetleaf Retreat at Amador Wellness Cottage is a cute, 420-friendly option with free-range chickens and an amicable cat, where guests may book massages and spa sessions in advance. Described as a “cannabis-infused retreat,” the Sweetleaf package includes relaxing spa services for two people. Guests may enjoy a 90-minute massage with cannabis-infused oils and a salt scrub, as well as non-alcoholic THC or CBD drinks and the use of an infrared sauna. Operator Brandy LaRae says most guests arrive in the evening and unwind with a massage before resting up to explore the area’s wineries in the morning.

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Palm Springs, California

Per night: $119

Palm Springs is a perfect California vacation destination, less than an hour’s drive from Joshua Tree National Park. It’s known for midcentury modern architecture, and a fun downtown area with numerous bars and restaurants. There, you’ll find Desert Hot Springs Inn, a small six-room hotel with amenities including a pool and hot tub. Bright colors, fun furnishings and a 420-friendly policy make it a great home base for exploring the area. The mini-resort also has an on-site massage therapist, and pets are allowed.

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Trinity Center, California

Per night: $760

Northern California’s Feeling Groovy at Eagle Creek Ranch is a cannabis-friendly destination located in the mountains of Trinity Center. Activities on the ranch may include farm-to-table meals, yoga, guided horseback rides, a walk among sheep, biking, and more. The ranch has a picturesque cabin feel with gorgeous grounds, and cannabis smoking is allowed in designated areas.

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South Lake Tahoe, California

Per night: $140

South Lake Tahoe is right near the California-Nevada border. This Airbnb offering is described as a “vegan bed, bud, brew, and breakfast,” where guests can enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding lakes and mountains in the comfort of a cozy private cabin. A vegan-only kitchen offers healthy breakfast items, coffee, tea, kombucha, and snacks, and guests also receive locally grown cannabis and local beer via South Lake Brewing Company.

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COLORADO

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Boulder, Colorado

Per night: $200

This charming, 1000-square-foot penthouse in downtown Boulder offers mountains views, and it’s only a block’s walk to the closest dispensary. Guests can hang out in the penthouse, where the slanted walls provide homey comfort and the large triangular windows let in plenty of sunshine, or take a toke out on the private patio. A king-sized bed, full bath, and kitchen mean you could stay in for a long weekend or artist’s retreat, or you can go for nearby dinner or drinks as you explore the always-charming city of Boulder.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado

Per night: $139

You know you’re in for a treat when a rental’s title is “Mystic Portal.” Located in Colorado Springs, this secluded, cannabis-friendly B&B features plenty of outdoor space, and long as you’re quiet, you can access the hot tub or kitchen 24 hours a day. There are a few room options here: The Treehouse Room, in particular, is rustic and charming, with lots of natural light and mountain views, while there’s another bed outside allowing for sleeping beneath the stars. There’s even a relaxing pond with fish where you can have a serene meditation session, accompanied by your strain of choice.

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Silverthorne, Colorado

Per night: $199

According to the listing, this bud and breakfast in Silverthorne allows for “Colorado’s two most enjoyable and unique attractions: world-class skiing and legal cannabis.” Each morning, Wake-and-Bake includes coffee, breakfast, and perhaps an uplifting sativa strain; at 4:20 p.m., they have a happy hour including hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and more cannabis. There’s also a hot tub, fireplace, and massage studio on property. Guests may elect to rent out the whole house or just a room, like, perhaps, their Jerry Garcia suite, done up in pretty, psychedelic blues.

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NEVADA

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Per night: $139

This Vegas rental went with a hippie throwback theme, and cannabis use is “totally okay.” You’ll have the whole place to yourself, which includes a kitchen and Wi-Fi, and it’s located near Vegas’s Arts District and a short drive from the Strip. Fun artwork, records, a shag rug, and quirky décor make this a suitable place to relax in between binging on all Sin City has to offer.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Per night: $87

This lively two-bed condo in Las Vegas features a full kitchen, massage chair, a big TV, a minibar, and lots of artwork. It’s 420-friendly, and located in a quiet neighborhood tucked away (but not too far) from the bustle of the Strip. It’s a comfortable home-away-from-home for those who’d prefer a more serene place to crash than a densely populated Vegas hotel-casino.

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OREGON

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Hubbard, Oregon

Per night: $75

Tender Bud Acres is located on a farm in Hubbard, near Mount Hood. You can walk the property’s five acres (where you may encounter dogs, cats, or chickens), or pick blueberries from the patch. Breakfast is made with locally sourced products, including eggs from the aforementioned chickens. There’s a kitchen and fire pit, and if the hosts happen to be offering an art, cooking, or gardening class during your stay, you’re free to drop in. There’s no smoking allowed in the rooms, but you may smoke or vape outside, and a hookah and other paraphernalia is available should you forget your own.

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Portland, Oregon

Per night: $85

Taking up the entire second floor of a cottage in Portland’s Eastmoreland neighborhood, this space is a tidy, airy option with art, beautiful furnishings, TV, Roku, and a kitchenette stocked with coffee, tea, and popcorn. All guests can also make use of an acoustic guitar, record players, and the hosts’ vinyl collection; guests who are 21 or older can enjoy a complimentary box stocked with cannabis accoutrements including rolling papers, a grinder, a lighter, and an ashtray, plus a list of favorite local dispensaries.

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Portland, Oregon

Per night: $70

The Delta-9 House is made for cannabis consumers, with two available rooms named Indica and Sativa. Amenities include TV, video games, a full kitchen, a fireplace, laundry, workout equipment, and a home office. The hosts record a podcast called the Marijuana Agenda on weekdays at 3 p.m., which guests are invited to watch if they so choose. As far as the cannabis usage goes, they supply pretty much anything one could want, and are within a short walk from two dispensaries. Breakfast is included, and the eggs are provided by chickens that live on the property.

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WASHINGTON

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Seattle, Washington

Per night: $89

This cannabis-friendly cottage in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is incredibly charming. It’s tucked behind a Victorian house, and is used as an artists’ studio when there are no tenants, so it’s full of beautiful pieces. The patio and English Garden would be a perfect place to light up or vape, perhaps before or after a short, leisurely stroll to the curated shops, dispensaries, and cafés of downtown Ballard.

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Morton, Washington

Per night: $120

Big Hat Farm is a legal cannabis farm located in Morton, Washington offering a truly unique experience: Guests 21 and older can book their bed and breakfast or campsites, and experience what it’s like to live and work on such a farm. Depending on the season, this may mean watering and pruning plants or processing the buds; additional activities may include stargazing, relaxing around a fire pit, gold panning in the property’s creek, hiking, and nature walks. Guests are not allowed to leave the property with any cannabis, but are free to partake from the farm’s wares on-site. A variety of paraphernalia are available and free to use for sampling the product.

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Seattle, Washington

Per night: $99

Seattle’s Winston House offers a relaxing getaway, where guests are encouraged to both unwind and get creative. Bongs, pipes, and rolling papers are provided alongside art supplies and organic coffee. Guests can enjoy a campfire in the backyard, a salt water hot tub, yoga, and plenty of outdoor and community space. The house itself is truly beautiful, with hardwood floors, lots of sunlight, and a variety of artifacts to respectfully explore.

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WASHINGTON, DC

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Washington, DC

Per night: $420

DC Cannastay is located near Rock Creek Park in DC, offering a 420-friendly place to stay that includes free cannabis flower and edibles to sample. The space is covered in art, with colorful murals from local artists spanning the walls, and includes a full kitchen. It’s also one of the rare listings that allows cannabis smoking indoors.

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The ‘Wicked Glass’ Story: A Cross-Country Journey Inspired by Snodgrass, Kerouac, and Cannabis

Santa Cruz Roots

“I’ve always loved Santa Cruz,” Cummins tells me, “but this is a small town, and I’d get over it quick and want to go wandering again.”

We’re in Santa Cruz, sitting in Cummins’s newly acquired 1986 Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon, which he just downsized to after deciding to go off the road for awhile. We’re parked outside a small studio space, which he just rented to set up his equipment and turn into a home base. It’s the very same studio he used to blow glass in before he bought the RV, about a block away from where he used to set up a table and sell glass to tourists come to visit Santa Cruz’s famous beach and boardwalk. On a good day, he’d move five or ten basic spoon pipes that went for $40 a pop before the cops would come along and roust him.

Cannabis helped me not worry about conforming to the norms of society or being judged by people.

Jimi Cummins

Cummins started out smoking pot when he was younger, and found it helped him focus and overcome symptoms of ADHD. Cannabis also led him to question the conventions and expectations of his suburban upbringing. “Weed played a big role in forming my philosophy of life,” Cummins explains, “because it helped me not worry about conforming to the norms of society or being judged by people.” Though he grew up surfing and DJing in this coastal countercultural college town, Cummins has never stayed here—or any place—for long. As a young man, his wanderlust took him as far as Hong Kong, Africa, Australia, and Japan.

The ‘Wicked Glass’ Story: How Snodgrass, Kerouac, and <strong>Cannabis</strong> Inspired a Cross-Country Journey in Functional Glass Art | LeaflyJimi Cummins poses for a portrait with his Westfalia van Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Upland, CA. Cummins has been on the road for four years, traveling and blowing glass. (Justin L. Stewart for Leafly)

The day he first saw the RV he would travel the US in, Cummins had just read an article about Jack Kerouac in the local paper, and then there it was—a 30-foot RV C-Class—for sale directly across the street from this very spot. He bought it the next day and immediately started making modifications, assembling a work station for his glassblowing set-up, making a space under the bed to fit oxygen containers, building a hidden compartment to plug in propane tanks, and then installing solar panels, an inverter, and four deep cell batteries to run exhaust fans. He had to make sure everything angled away from the kitchenette to prevent any fire hazards. Finally, the RV was ready.

Cummins started that auspicious spring afternoon—4/20/2013—by driving up to the University of California Santa Cruz, to take in the campus’s legendary outlaw 4/20 party. Then he smoked a ceremonial “bong voyage” bowl with his local homies and headed for Death Valley. He was on the road.

The RV was all “perfectly legal,” he assures me, but law enforcement would still occasionally spot him long-term parked in some remote area and assume they’d stumbled across a mobile meth lab.

“A few times the cops rolled up with multiple squad cars, all ready to bust some crazy motherfucker, and then they’d see me inside the RV making octopus pendants and just trip out. The first question they asked was always, ‘What the fuck are you doing out here?’ And now, when I look back, I think—‘What the fuck was I doing out there?’”

Good question.

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“Snodgrass Did That Shit”

“Bob Snodgrass was one of my major inspirations for getting in the RV,” Cummins says. “I literally said to myself, ‘Snodgrass did that shit, I’m gonna do it.’” The fact that there wasn’t a Grateful Dead for him to follow didn’t stop him. “I didn’t want to sell to shops, I wanted to sell my glass direct-to-consumer like [Snodgrass] did,” he recalls. “But I had no idea how. Until I discovered Instagram, and realized I could connect with people while I’m traveling and sell my work that way.” Having worked his way up by building his social media network of followers, Cummins’s pipes are currently in high demand, with original versions now fetching several thousand dollars per piece.

As idyllic as it sounds now, though, life on the road is never easy. Cummins spent most of the first two years parked on BLM land in the middle of the desert, suffering terrible heatwaves inside the RV, while focusing earnestly on his craft. He saw few people in real life, even as he built up a vast network online of contacts and followers that grew along with his lampworking skills. Amid all the natural beauty of his travels, he also saw enough high-intensity feed lots, polluted lakes, garbage dumps, and toxic towns to turn into a vegan and a committed environmentalist.

On the road, Cummins began to see both his glass and his lifestyle as works of art, and himself as an artist. By 2014—inspired by his life-long love of the ocean, and a chance encounter with a children’s book—he had developed his signature line of kraken pipes. The inspiration struck when Cummins’s ride broke down in rural Arizona; while he waited at the mechanic’s shop, he idly flipped through a copy of Octopus Alone set out along with some coloring books, and felt an instant connection.

The ‘Wicked Glass’ Story: How Snodgrass, Kerouac, and Cannabis Inspired a Cross-Country Journey in Functional Glass Art | LeaflyA pendant Jimi Cummins made rests on the table as he blows glass at The Glassblowers Studio in Upland, CA September 23, 2017. (Justin L. Stewart for Leafly)

“That book’s about an octopus that goes out into a reef and mingles with the fish all day, and then hangs out all by himself at night,” Cummins explains. “At the time I really related to that. Because I’d go to a festival for three days to sell glass and meet hundreds of people, and then retreat back to the desert in my RV and not see anyone for a month.”

After posting a picture of one of the very first octopus-inspired pipes he made, he got an order. Several more came in while he was working on it. He’s been backlogged ever since.

‘SLEEP’ Might Just Be the Scariest Cannabis Experience in the World

Haunted houses, creepy corn mazes where things pop out when you least expect them … the season for getting scared in the dark is upon us. Are these intentional horror experiences better or worse with cannabis? One extreme Los Angeles-based haunt thinks they’re better, and is trying high horror out for the first time this Halloween.

Cannabis produces this dissociative state that makes free association more likely to happen. You’re actively producing your own narrative out of your paranoia.

Ash Newton, performer in SLEEP

Heretic House/The Parallel, purveyors of boutique, exclusive, full-contact horror experiences, have decided to play up paranoia and dread with their first 420-friendly haunt, SLEEP. The projects are all visions of husband-and-wife team Adrian Marcato and Jessica Murder (not their real names), and to call their performances ‘haunted houses’ is something of an understatement as well as a misnomer—what Heretic House does is different.

Year-round, they creep up with elusive horror simulations, open to only a handful of guests per show. Guests must apply to attend, submit full medical evaluations in advance, and sign waivers if selected. Many of these shows take place in LA, where Marcato and Murder live, but they frequently stage shows across the US and in Europe. Some of them are particularly aggressive, with guests being dragged around in the dark by masked actors who zip them into body bags, dump prodigious amounts of fake blood over their heads, or snip away at their clothes with scissors. Yet it isn’t all senseless terror; in each production, a story is told.

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The first show I ever attended was called HEX, and it explored the uncomfortable nature of sleep paralysis. I was checked in to what was I was told would be a sleep study, before being tucked into bed on a damp mattress with my wrists duct taped together. I soon encountered demons who thrashed me about, whispered threats in my ears, and wheeled my around on a gurney while shrieking, “Don’t you want to wake up?” A second one, ISO & DREAD, poked at claustrophobia, forcing me into increasingly smaller spaces. Shows I haven’t attended include a series of events taking place in a remote cabin in the woods, just like all your favorite horror movies.

SLEEP is one of the first cannabis-friendly haunts in existence. Per the website, it is “an extreme horror experience that will challenge you psychologically.” Though not as physically aggressive as other shows such as HEX, SLEEP will place its victims inside an immersive, waking nightmare. Guests will be bound, held down, or guided throughout the hour-long experience, while simultaneously forced to watch a series of disturbing vignettes that swirl around them. In between these vignettes, guests will be moved to other rooms, where they have the option to consume cannabis in multiple forms, which may include flowers, edibles, and wax. (Guests may decline at any point if they so choose, and can stop the simulation at any time by calling a safe word, which will be written on their arms in case they forget.)

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“We’re using monsters and other creepy elements, but it’s more based on paranoia because sometimes when people smoke, that’s what gets enhanced,” Marcato said. “So we play up the paranoia a lot with heavy visuals. You can tie someone that’s high to a chair, and make them see this creepy thing in front of them that escapes behind them, and then they have to wonder when it will attack them. There’s a lot of psychological dread that we try to plant inside the guests—moments where you’re alone in the dark, where you’re seeing things, or where you’re held down.”

Murder is the one who came up with the idea for SLEEP. Originally, she had wanted to start or invest in a dispensary, and while that has yet to manifest, she later had the idea of combining the horror theater she and Marcato were already producing with cannabis. The couple visited a cannabis festival in Northern California and found the community welcoming to their ideas.

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Though they plan to expand in 2018 after California’s recreational cannabis laws have gone into effect, the 2017 show will only take place on October 30 and 31, and not everyone who applies will be admitted. All guests must be 21 or older, must possess a medical marijuana card, and must undergo a screening process, during which they discuss their medical and psychological history as well as the frequency with which they use cannabis. They must also come with a friend, who will safely drive them home after it’s over. A nurse is present throughout the entire show, the guest will be monitored at all times, and none of the actors will be high or ever come into contact with the cannabis.

Marcato said safety is important to them, and he’s not interested in replicating this experience with alcohol, saying that he’s worked security at horror theme parks that allowed drinking, and found himself having to break up fights among drunk guests. High guests are, as one might expect, a lot more chill.

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So far, SLEEP’s beta tests are working well, with participants citing an enhanced (terrifying) experience after consuming cannabis. Ash Newton, a performer in the show and a creative partner at Drencrom, an upcoming collaborative series of performances, said he thinks it’s possible the scariest moments of the show will be when the participant is alone.

“[Cannabis] produces this dissociative state that makes free association more likely to happen. You’re actively producing your own narrative out of your paranoia,” Newton said.

This ties into what one of my friends said: her mind wanders, and she creates backstories for the monsters in the haunts. What stories would a guest come up with, if left “alone” in a dark room?

Marcato predicts we’ll see more cannabis-friendly haunts and psychedelic Halloween attractions in the future. After all, people are already going to haunts and horror movies high, even though these venues may not explicitly allow it. “People are probably going to see ‘It’ high tonight,” he said.

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‘Never Share a Joint With a Stranger. Especially Bill Maher’: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

Kathy Bates warns us against sharing a joint with Bill Maher, not because he bogarts it, but because he’s all about that potency. Meanwhile, a chagrined airline passenger finds out the hard way what happens when you freak out mid-flight from a too-potent edible, Eric Holder throws some shade at Jeff Sessions, the Army lessens its restrictions surrounding cannabis use among future recruits, and more.

Here’s a roundup of quotes from the past week.

“I think [the Cole Memo] was a really good policy. The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana, I think, is the thing that’s put the Justice Department in this strange place.”

– Former Attorney General Eric Holder at the Smart on Crime Innovations Conference at John Jay College in New York

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– Chatter around the US Army granting “more flexibility in accepting recruits on the margins” to hit recruitment targets. Said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, “The big thing we’re looking for is a pattern of misconduct where they’re going to have a problem with authority. Smoking marijuana in an isolated incident as a teenager is not a pattern of misconduct.”

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“As we’re slowly acknowledging the depths of the opioid crisis, which is good, we seldom acknowledge one of the simplest, most effective solutions: medical marijuana, cannabis. Now available in 28 states, largely driven by the voters. Not the politicians.”

– Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) addressing the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce about the United States’ alarming opioid epidemic

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“Times are changing. In 2017, even physicians who oppose legalization generally believe that marijuana should be decriminalized, reducing penalties for users while keeping the drug illegal. Although decriminalization is certainly a step in the right direction, [it’s] an inadequate substitute for legalization and regulation for a number of reasons.”

– Former US Surgeon General for the United States Dr. Joycelyn Elders in the November issue of the American Journal of Public Health

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– Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) at the Smart on Crime Innovations Conference at John Jay College in New York

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“Later, while on the airplane and after I had consumed the marijuana, I began to feel dramatically different.”

– Joseph D. Hudek IV, who was recently released from federal custody after disrupting a flight from Seattle to Beijing. Hudek had ingested an edible prior to boarding the plane and allegedly tried to open an exit door while the plane was flying over the Pacific Ocean. Assistant US Attorney Stephen Hobbs argued that Hudek chose to ingest cannabis before his flight “and is responsible for the consequences of those actions … on a plane filled with hundreds of people.”

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“[Bill Maher] was pulling [a joint] out of his jacket and I was like this [pretends to lunge forward]. He said, ‘Let me get it lit first! And I just gotta tell you, never share a joint with a stranger, even if they’re famous. Especially Bill Maher … I don’t even remember what happened. It was just insane…I had to get talked down by one of the other people at the table. She had to hold my hand and say, ‘It’s okay. It’s okay, it’ll be alright. Really, honey, you’ll be fine. Just breathe.’ It was horrible.”

– Kathy Bates to Stephen Colbert, when talking about her Netflix show Disjointed. (Colbert’s response to her story: “That sounds terrible…did you bring enough for everyone?”)

The Wonderfully Weird ‘Hicksville Pines’ Is Your New Must-Visit Bud and Breakfast

Hicksville Pines is already one of the kitschiest lodging options in all of Southern California, and it just became one of the state’s first “bud and breakfasts.”

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In just a few months, Californians should be able to purchase recreational cannabis from their local dispensaries. Many businesses are preparing for this new industry by offering cannabis-friendly experiences, including infused meals, virtual reality, and sound baths. It seems like an obvious strategy for certain hotels to begin allowing guests to indulge freely, too, without forcing them to sneak surreptitious puffs on their balconies.

Hicksville Pines is California's Best New <strong><a href=Marijuana-Friendly Bud and Breakfast | Leafly" width="840" height="525" />(Courtesy of Steff Walk)

Some California operations have already explored that path, like the now-shuttered, five-room Compassion Flower Inn in Santa Cruz. Similarly, AirBNB reveals a few current options, including a vegan “bed, bud, brew & breakfast” in Tahoe. Hicksville Pines, however, offers 10 rooms, lots of communal space, and a bus that ferries guests to and from a nearby dispensary.

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Hicksville Pines can be found in Idyllwild, just over 100 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s a relatively small community, with a population of fewer than 4,000 people, but its scenic setting makes it a popular tourist destination. Of note, Idyllwild’s mayor is a golden retriever named Max. (Turns out if you’re an unincorporated community, you don’t have to have a human mayor.)

Once there, guests can choose among 10 suites housed in picturesque A-frame cabins, surrounded by mountains, trees, and sometimes snow. Perhaps the 420 Room strikes your fancy. It’s a bit on the nose for Hicksville Pines, thematically speaking, and that’s perfectly fine. The sunken bed is level with the floor, blacklight posters line the slanted ceiling, and an in-room vending machine is there to satiate any munchies.

Hicksville Pines is California's Best New <strong><a href=Marijuana-Friendly Bud and Breakfast | Leafly" width="840" height="525" />(Courtesy of Steff Walk)

Then there’s the Dita, a retro-glam suite designed by burlesque star Dita Von Teese and her designer, Stacia Dunnam. It features a sleek black and pink bedroom, and a glittery pink soaking tub in the bathroom. Other rooms pay tribute to singer Dolly Parton, Nashville’s Third Man Records, Twin Peaks, geek culture, filmmaker John Waters, and Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.

Owner Morgan Night already had one similar motel—Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree—when he came up with idea for Hicksville Pines. Hicksville Trailer Palace launched in 2010, and offers guests the opportunity to stay in one of several spectacularly themed trailers in a desert setting. While on a serendipitous trip to Idyllwild in 2015, Night decided he could replicate his Joshua Tree success in a woodsy environment.

Night views both as works in progress, as he’s always contemplating new features or amenities to add. He said he was already anticipating adding a coffee shop to his Idyllwild location when he came up with another idea. “When [Proposition] 64 passed, I thought maybe we could have a place that made really great food for when you’re high, and also sold pot,” he said.

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Night was also inspired by a recent trip to Colorado, where recreational cannabis has been legal since 2012 and sold in licensed stores since 2014. “Colorado is the way America should be and the way California will be,” he said. “I’m just excited that there are states out there that are on the cutting edge, and that California is one of them.”

So while Night’s on-property café and dispensary are still in the works, he decided to pull the trigger on transforming Hicksville Pines from a peculiar weekend getaway to a stoner retreat now. Starting September 15, 2017, only guests 21 and up will be allowed, ensuring everyone on property is of age for cannabis use. Additionally, a free shuttle will make daily trips to nearby dispensaries, enabling guests to pick up their sundries with ease. They’ll also begin serving a home-cooked breakfast at 10 a.m., fulfilling the “breakfast” portion of the deal.

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Guests will always be allowed to bring their own stash, if they prefer, even after the on-site dispensary is up and running. Night firmly believes that cannabis just needs to be available, regardless of whether his guests source it from Hicksville affiliated dispensaries or their own preferred vendors.

Night himself has been using cannabis for the last decade or so, when he decided to pursue a medical marijuana card to see if it might help him with migraines and insomnia. “[Cannabis] helps me get a great night’s sleep, and then the rest of the week, I’m also less stressed,” he said. “Cannabis has really changed my life for the better.”

Though Hicksville is not intended to be a 5-star resort, guests do have a variety of fun amenities at their disposal, including a hot tub, a tipi with a fire pit inside, and a rec room with shuffleboard, ping pong, TV, and free arcade games—no quarters required. This is in addition, of course, to whatever oddities might be inside the individual suites, which could include a private hot tub, a shower head that’s actually a bidet mounted upside-down to the ceiling, record players, arcade games, or a king-sized waterbed.

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“There’s no argument that whatever you’re doing on the property, whether it’s playing video games or having sex, it’s always better when you’re high,” Night said. “And there’s nothing safer than having a place where you can smoke pot, and then fall asleep in your own bed.”

Those wishing to book their stay at Hicksville Pines can browse the rooms (no two are the same) and book online here. Singles range from $100 to $150 per night while The Great Northern—a three-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen—rents for $250 to $300 a night.

10 Best Things to Do in Las Vegas While You’re High

Vegas sucks. You know it; I know it; everyone knows it. Vegas is a booze-soaked money grab that if you’ve done once, you’ve done a million times. Yet every time the season rolls around, we all find ourselves booking that room at The Cosmopolitan (best beds of all time) as if we expect it to be different this time around.

Spoiler alert: This time around it will be different. Because there’s legal weed to be had. Now that Nevada has legalized recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and up, switch your cocktails for cannabinoids and learn how to actually have fun in this city.

Step one: Hit a dispensary. There are many. I was able to check out two solid ones during my recent visit:

Step two: Find a place to consume. I’d strongly advise against smoking in your hotel room (unless you’re staying in one of these ones). Of course, public consumption remains illegal, so I’d also strongly advise against that too. However, I will say that there may or may not be a staircase behind Mandalay Bay that no one EVER walks by or through. I will also say that it may OR MAY NOT be the most perfect spot in all of Vegas to enjoy the flowers of your labor. But, you know, that’s only if it exists, which it may or may not.

Step three: Indulge in one of the following activities. In no particular order, we give you the best things to do as a high cannabis tourist in Las Vegas.

Eat at Nacho Daddy

If you do nothing else, make sure to eat at Nacho Daddy. My boy Sutton put me on game and it was the greatest decision I made that whole weekend. $15 won’t get you much in Vegas, but at Nacho Daddy it gets you a big-ass plate of filet mignon (cause I’m fancy like that) nachos that’ll have you feeling like maybe calories aren’t such a bad thing.

Wander Old Vegas and Fremont Street

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Up until this last trip, I’d never been to the famous “Old Vegas” that I’d heard so much about. Oh boy is it an experience. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where, within a 437-step distance, you can see a near-naked man dressed as a baby, followed by two white dudes with dreads battle rapping, followed by a bum dropping a deuce by the sunglasses kiosk like the world is his oyster. If you’re planning to a trip to Las Vegas, do yourself a favor, and take a trip downtown for the most Bruh, I’m Way Too High For This Shit experience that the city has to offer.

Walk the Vegas Strip

Obviously, right? If you touch Vegas and don’t wander aimlessly down the Strip (and then realize it’s actually a lot longer than it looks and now you’re so far from your hotel that you need to catch a Lyft back because your thighs are on fire), then did you really touch Vegas?

Get high and go on a walk down this street and you’ll find ample bright lights, photo opportunities, and enough street entertainment to keep you busy all night long. Plus there’s hella trash food for you to stop and grab, which is all my happiness requires.

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace

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Speaking of food, eat at a buffet. Every hotel has one, but if you want the best one? Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace is the answer, my pals.

The bad news is that it’ll cost you 50 whole entire dollars, but the good news is they have lobster eggs Benedict and mac and cheese AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. And chicken and waffles. And an entire dessert station. They have it all. Get high, hit BB, and don’t stop eating until you feel $50 of satisfaction in your stomach. I saw a guy take off his shoes and get comfortable because he was full, but hadn’t recouped his money in food yet. Be like that American hero.

Pool Party

Encore reigns supreme, but honestly, each pool party or beach club offers the same experience: overpriced drinks that never hit because the sun is killing your buzz, and pools of water that are probably half chlorine and half gonorrhea.

But hey, at least whatever DJ they booked is playing an excessive amount of UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ, right? RIGHT?! Wrong, but the reason these make the list is because they’re excellent for getting high and people-watching. Trust me.

Drais Nightclub

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This is the one club that I’ll absolutely swear by in Vegas. So many artists have residencies here that on any given night you might catch Trey Songz or somebody in concert for the lowest Vegas price possible ($40 for women, $70 for men). I saw Tory Lanez there, and he put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. A friend of mine saw Jeezy there. Last time, I was supposed to go see T.I. but ended up getting too high and passing out. Shout out to Cadillac Purple.

See a Show

Vegas shows will hit you for a grip, but in all fairness, so will everything else. At least with these you get some kind of worthwhile return on investment, in the form of a live performance and new experience.

I’ve only seen the Jabbawockeez and the Blue Man Group, but I can promise you that both of these shows are worth the high, ESPECIALLY the Blue Man Group. They don’t talk, they just make noise and do physical humor. Perfect stoner activity.

Go Skydiving

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Ever gotten super-stoned, then dropped out of a plane with another man strapped to your back? I have. It’s fun as hell too. Vegas offers multiple skydiving spots on the Strip, but the real deal is Skydive Las Vegas, which is about 20–30 minutes from the Strip. According to the company, they’ll take you higher than any other skydiving spot out there … and getting higher is what we’re all about.

Bellagio Water Show

The Fountains of Bellagio are pretty cool to see, especially at night. It’s the perfect thing to settle in and stare at indefinitely after you hit a pre-roll or vape pen. It’s also one of the only things in Vegas that’ll leave you like, “Wow, fam, that was mad beautiful and touching.” Mainly because you’ll be so high that everything gets you in your feelings.

Gamble and Ruin Your Life

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It’s a monster that you run and run and run from, but eventually it’ll catch you. And once it does, say goodbye to any budget you thought you had. It’s so easy to be walking through a casino lobby and accidentally end up in front of the War table with a stack of $5 chips and a mind full of, “Someone has to win; why not me?” It’s even easier to walk away from that table six minutes later with 200 less dollars than you had. Being high won’t ease the pain of losing money on some dumb shit, but it WILL make it a lot easier for you to say, “Fuck it. At least those nachos were fire.”

8 Exotic and Unlikely Places to Buy Cannabis Around the World

If you’re lucky enough to visit a foreign country where cannabis is obtainable, you owe yourself a chance to check out the local selection and support the local industry.

We’ve scoured the globe to bring you the most exotic shops, markets, clubs, and dispensaries purveying cannabinoids abroad. Whether you’re seeking good flower to pair with good food or looking to take your beach holiday to the next level, start planning your travel itinerary with these eight scenic stops and distinctive shops in mind.

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Beach Kiosks: Jamaica

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You may be surprised to find out that ganja is technically legally limited in Jamaica, the birthplace of Bob Marley. You won’t be surprised to find out that in spite of this technicality, the herb is easy to get—just ask your cab driver. Or your waitress. Or anyone you see walking down the street (police excluded).

Pay your respects to Marley’s legacy by lighting up a joint at his gravesite before meandering to the iconic Instagram-ready beaches of Jamaica for a more extended sesh. Look for one of the ubiquitous beach kiosks that sell bottled water to thirsty tourists—they most likely sell cannabis, too.

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Cannabis in Italy is illegal for recreational use, but it is legal for limited medical usage. And, apparently, you can even grow your own cannabis—as long as you prune it before it grows flowers.

That’s the technicality that allows Milan-based cannabis clone shop Hemp Embassy to operate and sell live plants to anyone who wants to add some special greenery to their home. It offers about 50 varieties, from Sour Diesel to Chocolate Mint, with seeds procured from some of the top seed banks around the world, such as Cali Connection. All the plants are high in THC production and can be purchased like any other plant in a greenhouse—as long as you promise not to grow buds. Promise?

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You can find coffeeshops on every corner in Amsterdam—much better than a Starbucks on every corner, yes? But when you have so many options, it’s like being a kid in a candy shop: Suddenly, you don’t know where to start or which ones are actually worth the trouble.

If you’re looking an extraordinary experience in a city already full of exemplary herb, look to Green House at Haarlemmerstraat 64. It’s got a full food menu, featuring everything from BLTs to Oreo milkshakes for your munchies, and a fish tank under your feet so that you can gaze at koi when you don’t want to make conversation. It’s a celebrity hotspot, attracting everyone from Andre 3000 to Kelis, but it’s not pretentious at all: Instead it’s got good weed, good food, good music, and (we’ve heard) hot budtenders.

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We’ll be honest with you: If you’re a tourist, you can’t just walk into one of Southern Spain’s famous cannabis social clubs to pass the joint. As with most private clubs, cannabis-centric or not, you need to be invited by a member or two—and you have to provide proof of residency (so a hotel won’t do, unless you’re the Spanish Eloise at the Plaza). Not all clubs are created equal, though—some are not much more than basements with mood lighting, while some, like VIP favorite Joe’s Smokers Club, occupy multiple floors for multiple modes of high: VIP club, co-working space, and chill out lounge. The club also works with local restaurants for food, invites guest DJs every weekend, and has its own app. FYI, the official hashtag is #MarbellaHighSociety, if you make it in there.

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Mercado de Coyoacán: Mexico City, Mexico

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Popular with both locals and tourists, you can buy anything at this large open-air market—from ice cream to kitchenware to tourist-favorite lucha libre masks. You can also buy cannabis flowers and the pipes to go along with them.

Test out your haggling talents and try to get the cheapest price possible—the worst thing that can happen is that you walk to the next stall and bargain for the exact same product over again. Have you ever worked this hard for your high?

“Huasos” (aka Cowboys): Chile

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Good news—it’s legal to smoke in the private comfort of your own home in Chile! However, that doesn’t mean you can just procure cannabis from the local supermarket. Most people get their weed delivered directly to their houses, but if you’re looking to seek it out yourself, head inland to a city like Limache, where you can ask the cowboys (yes, look for them on horseback), called huasos, for a sackful. No guarantees of how good it will be, though—but if you’re at a point that you’re hunting down cannabis from cowboys in Chile, you’re probably already something of an expert on what to look for and how to get it.

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Malé Atoll: The Maldives

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Where you find surfers, you will find cannabis—it’s that simple. If you’re privileged enough to find yourself vacationing in the Maldives, a South Asian island country famous for its pristine white beaches, you can easily find hash oil sold along the surfing points. Cannabis is technically illegal in the Maldives, so you buy at your own risk, but there is hardly any legislation or monitoring going on there. Your best bet is to hang out at the best surf spots and spark up a conversation with the local youths—if you’re nice (and willing to pay), they’ll share.

Happy Pizza: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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There are a lot of culinary specialties of Cambodian cuisine that you should try: fish amok, BBQ pork and rice, green mango salad, fried bananas, and—if you’re in Phnom Penh—weed pizza from Happy Pizza (or one of its many knockoffs like “Happiness Pizza”). It’s the ultimate edible, as the pie comes sprinkled with herbs that look not too different from a healthy dose of oregano.

You can order it with “extra happiness” if you dare, but we recommend just one slice to start. Remember, even though you’re on vacation—edibles don’t get any less potent, especially when the herbs are sprinkled on like parmesan cheese.

Summer in Seattle: Is It Worth the High?

Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan looks back on his trip to the Emerald City to determine whether a trip to cannabis-friendly Seattle is worth its weight in legal bud. 


Products Enjoyed: ALL of them. You name it, I had it (and if I didn’t, I still had it).

High Experienced (1-10): Yes.

A few months back my Leafly editor asked ya boy Dante Jordan if he’d be down to visit Seattle for a few days and do some stuff with the squad. I was like “Ummm, absolutely, of course.” Like…do people say no to this? I’m from a place where we don’t say to free meals, let alone a free vacation. Plus I’d never been to Seattle, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest for that matter, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to expand my travel wings and soak up a new part of the globe.

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I expected it to be a fun time, but what I didn’t anticipate was my week in Seattle to be one of the dopest experiences of my life. What a city. What a culture. And the Leafly team really made me feel like family, which enhanced the entire experience by 1,000 points. I had so much fun, so if you ask me if a trip to Seattle in the summer is worth the high, my answer is absolutely. Like, you should stop reading this article, book a flight, then come back and finish because it really is that fun of a city. Here’s why:

The Weather

Apparently Seattle only gets like two weeks of summer starting at the beginning of July (editor’s note: it’s closer to three months, but yes, our non-summer stretch is agonizingly long), so I really lucked out in the timing of my visit. The weather was beautiful, son. I’m talking real beautiful. The type of beautiful that makes you whistle while you walk for no reason at all. Shit was a smooth 87 or under every day, and now that I think of it, I really should’ve had my toes out. Summer Seattle has that sock-free weather.

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The Food

Tacos. You will eat tacos. And then after you eat tacos, you will eat tacos. Like, you think you’re about to go there and smash out eight plates of salmon and oysters that the chef literally just caught with his bare hands, but plot twist: you will be eating tacos. After eating tacos. So if you like tacos, come to Seattle.

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The People

Why the fuck is everyone so fit and pretty? I need answers. Because they are. And everyone’s also super cool. I was warned of this thing called the Seattle Freeze, which apparently is when people are being assholes when they don’t mean to be assholes, even though they know they’re being assholes, but I never encountered it so Seattlesfolk are good in my book.

How nice are people in Seattle? I was coming out of my Airbnb on Saturday with joint and lighter in-hand like the young carefree black man I am. My Smoke This, Play That Vol 2 playlist was going and I had nothing but joy in my soul, when all of a sudden I miscalculated my steps as I walked down the stairs outside the front door. Next thing you know, I was falling in slow motion as this beautiful-ass couple walked past me.

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I hit the ground, they turned around, and guess what happened? THEY DIDN’T LAUGH AT ME. WHAT? I WOULD’VE ROASTED A STRANGER THROUGH THE CEMENT HAD I WITNESSED SUCH A TUMBLE. But instead, the guy removed his arm from his girl’s shoulder, helped me up, and said, “You alright bro?” I was alright, bro. Some good people out there in Seattle.

The Cannabis

BRUH.

That’s really all there is to say about that. The cannabis life I live in Dallas AIN’T SHIT compared to the cannabis life they live in Seattle. Dispensaries everywhere, stoners everywhere, and the freedom to enjoy publicly (still illegal, but you seem more likely to get a warning than a citation) without the stress of “Yo, keep your head on a swivel for cops and old white people.” It’s incredible. You know things are legal, but once you see it for yourself, it’s like “Wow…I am NOT living right. In fact, I am living wrong.”

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Nature, Walking, and Other Activities

I didn’t have the time to go frolic amongst the trees, but I caught a little glimpse of the wilderness as we drove out to a growhouse one day, and Seattle definitely has what the hikers need. If you’re the type to post motivational quotes under a picture of two sycamores, you should definitely make the trip to the PNW. (That’s “Pacific Northwest.” I learned that.)

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There’s so much to do in Seattle that it’s a bit overwhelming. People kept asking about my plans and I was like I don’t know, I’ll just figure it out as I go. This ended with me getting high as fuck with my Leafly homie Marika, then walking to a food truck festival. From there we went to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, which also had a walk-through butterfly house, the perfect match for how peacefully stoned I was.

Still, these were only a couple activities out of the millions available to me. Seattle’s one of those cities that always has something going on, so if you visit, you will definitely not be bored.

Is It Worth the High?

Do you like cities with dope-ass people? Do you like cities with legal cannabis? Do you like eating tacos after eating tacos? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, you should already have a bag packed by the time I finish this sentence. I can’t wait to go back.

The Ultimate Cannabis Road Trip Through California

After breakfast, you’re headed south to San Francisco, but not without two stops along the way. First, Avenue of the Giants—the state’s most awe-inspiring drive, which wends its way between enormous, iconic California redwoods over the course of 31.6 miles all the way to Cooks Valley. Designate a driver, because all other passengers should wake and bake before hitting the highway. At the highway fork, split off from the 101 and take Highway 1 south to Mendocino for glorious coastal views, then detour back via Highways 128, 253, and 101 to get to Hopland.

In Hopland, re-up on cannabis necessities at the coolest solar-powered dispensary you’ve ever been to: Emerald Pharms, where you should pick up an incredible edible or two from Flour Child (think apricot-rose jam and THC granola) and some ABX Soft Gels ($48 for 24 ten-milligram capsules). Find your way back to Highway 1 (the 116 will get you there); another few hours on the road and you’ll roll into San Francisco just in time for a late lunch of the best arepas in California, at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen. A fave of Guy Fieri (and of plenty more people without TV shows), this maize-obsessed eatery serves up Venezuelan comfort food including yuca fries, taro chips, and signature arepas—grilled pockets of white or yellow corn made fresh daily by hand, and stuffed with everything from pulled pork to spicy chicken catira to the can’t-miss combo of blackened beef asada, queso fresco, and sweet plantains.

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Loosely translated, Pica Pica means “a little of this, a little of that,” so we recommend you go the route the name suggests and order several mix-and-match dishes to share. Get them to go and walk them over to nearby Mission Dolores Park, a mecca of outdoor cannabis consumption with an ever-present sweet and skunky scent to match. Load a bowl or two of your Private Reserve OG and spark your appetite before your meal, and if you need a digestif afterwards, buy a coconut full of coconut water from “the coconut man,” a regular park fixture.

Grab a hotel room or AirBnb for the night in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood—it may be cliché, but the neighborhood was ground zero for hippie culture and cannabis reform as sparked by the Summer of Love. Drop your stuff before heading to the waterfront to visit the Exploratorium, by far the best place in California for elevated adults to marvel over wonders of science and the natural world like they were kids again. Optical illusions, mechanical contraptions, interactive exhibits, video installations—all await you at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero.

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Afterwards, you can walk down to the trippy Musée Mécanique (Pier 45; free admission) to play antique penny arcade games and musical instruments that are extra-fun after a dab. Finish out your young-at-heart afternoon with a round of fantastical Rube Goldberg-inspired mini golf at Urban Putt in the Mission, then spend the evening sipping CBD-and-terpene-infused cocktails and mocktails from the 4:20 menu (runs until 7:20 p.m.) at Flore, itself a cornerstone of cannabis reform since the 1980s.

When you get back to your hotel or AirBnb, pop a capsule or two and drift off to a peaceful night’s sleep that’ll recharge your batteries for tomorrow’s adventures.

Company Plans to Turn Desert Town Into Cannabis Paradise

NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — Now that one of the nation’s largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania?

The name Weed already belongs to an old mill town in Northern California.

American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, which includes its Old West-style hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee shop. Its plans are to transform the old Gold Rush town into what it calls “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”

The town’s current owner, Roxanne Lang, said the sale is still in escrow, but confirmed American Green is the buyer. She declined to reveal price before the sale closes, but noted she and her late husband, Gerald Freeman, listed the property at $5 million when they put it up for sale last year.

A flag flies in front of a store in Nipton. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Asked what her husband would think of the buyers’ plans to turn Nipton into the pot paradise of the California desert, she laughed heartily.

“I think he would find a lot of humor in that,” she finally said, adding that as a Libertarian, Freeman had no problem with people using marijuana, and as a proponent of green power he’d be all in favor of energy independence. Over the years he’d installed a solar farm himself that provides much of the tiny town’s electricity.

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American Green says it plans to expand that farm and also bottle and sell cannabis-infused water from Nipton’s plentiful aquifer, joint moves that would make the town green in more ways than one.

One of the town’s major sources of revenue is the California Lottery tickets the general store sells to people who cross the state line from Nevada because they can’t buy them there.

The buyers are also reaching out to edibles manufacturers and other cannabis-industry businesses, hoping they’ll be interested in relocating to Nipton and bringing jobs with them.

The town’s current residents number fewer than two dozen and one of its major sources of revenue is the California Lottery tickets the general store sells to people who cross the state line from Nevada because they can’t buy them there.

“We are excited to lead the charge for a true Green Rush,” David Gwyther, American Green’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “The cannabis revolution that’s going on here in the U.S. has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century.”

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Indeed it was a gold rush that created Nipton in the early 1900s when the precious metal was found nearby.

But by the time Freeman, a Los Angeles geologist who liked to look for gold in his spare time, discovered the place in the 1950s it was already a ghost town. Even worse it was 60 miles south of Las Vegas and 10 miles (16 kilometers) off the major highway that connects that city to Los Angeles.

“I like to say it’s conveniently located in the middle of nowhere,” jokes Lang.

Freeman bought the town in 1985 anyway and spent the next 30 years lovingly restoring its boutique hotel and general store, building canvas-covered “eco cabins” and stocking them with wood-burning stoves and swamp coolers.

The small hotel has become a popular destination with desert aficionados and fans of the Old West, even though it’s located so close to a major rail line that moves freight between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City that guests are handed earplugs with their room keys.

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Carl Cavaness, who works at the hotel, said Thursday the sale caught him by surprise. He said he hopes the new owners will let him and his wife stay.

“We like the quiet and solitude,” the 53-year-old handyman said.