Cannabis tourism has been a popular industry ever since starry-eyed stoners started making sojourns to the marijuana mecca of Amsterdam. Now, with more and more regions legalizing and decriminalizing the substance, tons of new destinations are opening up their doors to cannatourists and bending over backwards to accommodate them in an effort to rake in that sweet tourism money. It’s a win for everyone- tourists get to spend their vacation in a chill place where they can kick back and smoke a blunt without fear, and the cities that host them enjoy a boost to their bottom line.
The latest trend in the cannatourism industry is the rise of something called the “Bud and Breakfast”. These are privately owned properties where tourists can come to smoke and often have weed provided to them without needing to navigate the local systems and track some down. They are the perfect answer to the strict public use laws put in place in some regions. Colorado’s Clean Air Act also limits hotels to a maximum of 25% smoking rooms with 75% being nonsmoking, which makes a large 420 hotel or resort virtually impossible. Where commercial hotels and resorts have difficulty getting around those regulations, private property owners have the advantage.
Entrepreneurs are catching on to the trend and mobilizing to create tools that connect cannatourists with like-minded hosts in the area they want to visit. Budandbreakfast.com has essentially become AirBnB 420. There, you can find weed-friendly accommodations in destinations all over the world. Just type in where you want to go and- poof! Up comes listing after listing for houses, hotels and rooms with all sorts of amenities. Popular destinations include Colorado, Alaska, Jamaica, Uruguay, and Oregon.
The similarly named “Bud+Breakfast” takes the ball and runs with it in a different direction. This small, privately owned lodge in Denver takes the traditional elements of a Bed and Breakfast and simply adds marijuana into the mixed. Its cozy, well-appointed suites, all named after classical composers, invite the more sophisticated cannatourist to come and unwind for a while. The industry is still brand new and already we’re seeing accommodation options on both sides of the spectrum- from multi-guest rooms with a hostel like vibe to fancy suites that feel more like a spa and everything in between. This is a great sign for the industry, since, contrary to popular belief, marijuana users come in all demographics.
In fact, lately Colorado has seen a dramatic increase in the number of visitors that come not to get high, but to get healthy. Parents from states with more unforgiving marijuana laws will often take their epileptic or otherwise afflicted children to Colorado for a week to use therapeutic medical marijuana products and get some relief. It’s unfortunate that they have to travel so far to get the treatment they need, but at least it’s legally available to them somewhere.
So, if you’re looking for a nice place to spend your summer vacation, or just somewhere to get the medicine you or your family members need, there are plenty of hosts willing and able to accommodate you. More and more private homeowners are opening their doors to cannatourists as they see the market demand growing. At the same time, they’re working to break down inaccurate stereotypes about weed users and stoner culture in general (lava lamps and Bob Marley CDs are not mandatory to become a host.) There really is something for everyone, whether you want to get high on a couch with strangers or be pampered with luxurious amenities and weed-based spa treatments. Just don’t expect to stay in a wee-friendly hotel chain any time soon.