A Reason To Celebrate 4/20
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A Reason To Celebrate 4/20
Posted by CN Staff on April 20, 2019 at 06:33:54 PT
By Lea Lane, Contributor
Source: Forbes
USA -- In this post-Mueller report atmosphere, it's a relief for many adult travelers to know that you can now legally celebrate 4/20 or any day with recreational weed in Washington D.C and 10 states. (And in 33 states marijuana is okay for medicinal purposes.) So depending where you travel in the U.S., you can actually enjoy a legal "weedcation."Yes, the recreational use of cannabis is legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. Another 14 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands have decriminalized.
Commercial distribution of cannabis is allowed in all jurisdictions where cannabis has been legalized, except Vermont and the District of Columbia.But things do remain a bit confusing and dicey, especially when you travel. Be advised: The drug remains illegal under U.S. federal law, and the Justice Department periodically signals a crackdown on the business. State and local laws vary with regards to both the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, and it's the responsibility of both travelers and hosts to ensure that all of their activities are consistent with relevant laws.Yes, in more than half the US states you can pick pot up from a dispensary and bring it to your lodging in your car – legally, with a few restrictions. But even if you’re traveling from one legal state to another bordering legal state (like from Washington to Oregon or California to Nevada), it’s still federally illegal to bring your stash with you, and may even be considered federal drug trafficking.Growth of the legal marijuana industry keeps growing beyond expectations; customers in North America will spend nearly $23 billion by 2021, projects the ArcView Group, a cannabis-focused research and investment firm.Will the number states where pot is accepted increase? A HuffPost/YouGov poll showed that 55 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana both nationally and in their own states. National support for legalization at the federal level hit a record 64 percent in a Gallup survey from October 2017, including among a majority of Republicans. And the trend keeps rising.Legal marijuana sales in the U.S. hit $6 billion in 2016, with tax revenue in Colorado and Washington, the states that have had legal cannabis markets for the longest, now bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to an analysis by the Marijuana Policy Project.In the future you may be able to cross state lines with a small stash as easily as bringing along a bottle of pinot noir. But not yet! Be sure you understand the law, are careful and cautious -- and then enjoy yourselves where it's legal. Private venues still have rules you'll have to follow (including no-smoking in general) and to be sure you may need to research more on your own.That said, here is a guide of some of the best places in the U.S. to celebrate April 20.I've also compiled a listing of a few weed-friendly lodgings, ranging from luxury cottages and mountain retreats to quirky BandBs and downtown hotels. Check out Bud and Breakfast and organizations such as for places to stay and for special tours with fellow enthusiasts, any day.Alaska- Bowman’s Bear Creek Lodge, Silverbow InnCalifornia- Sage Hen Cottage, Noe’s Nest Bed & BreakfastColorado- Luxury Cannabis Lofts, Crowne Plaza DenverMaine- Seaside Cottage, Maine GreenyardsMassachusetts- Harding House Bed & Breakfast, Quarryman’s CottageMichigan- Manistee Forest Cannabis Farm, Effie GrayNevada: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, ARIA Resort & Casino,Oregon- Mt. Scott Manor, The JupiterVermont- Mt. Philo Inn, The Big Barn “Chill Out” FarmWashington- The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Seattle “Sweet Suite” Cherry HillWashington DC- Cannabis Friendly DC Hideaway Suite, Herb Oasis in the CitySource: Forbes Magazine (US)Author: Lea Lane, ContributorPublished: April 20, 2019Copyright: 2019 Forbes Media LLCContact: readers forbes.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 25, 2019 at 23:08:46 PT
I'm so happy for you! Like Soup Herb and The GCW and so many others, finally you have this right back! That's so wonderful!
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on April 22, 2019 at 17:18:54 PT
Here's the Newspaper Story
Cannabis History is Made with Hamiltons's First Legal Weed Shop Opening ...
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on April 20, 2019 at 19:46:03 PT
We've Seen Way Too Much Sad Damage for Years
This Prohibition that we are gradually ending was politically motivated and based on prejudice and misinformation. I also morn the loss of lives and rights. However, tonight I will celebrate after work the first legal 420 since the Summer of Legalization. Today Hamilton Ontario's first legal adult use cannabis store Canna Cabana opened. The lineups were large like those in Colorado years ago. About a hundred people stood in the Cannabis tent in spite of the rain and a hundred more stood in the rain waiting to get into the tent. 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 20, 2019 at 10:43:48 PT
Now that you mention it I remember that happening. It was very sad.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 20, 2019 at 09:01:05 PT
Blessed 4/20 people!
Debbie Downer that I am... I have to mention why I have to grieve on this day also. Veronica and Charity Bowers were killed by government sponsored killers on this day in 2001. How can it be that long ago? It doesn't seem that long ago that this tragedy befell the world. Nearly twenty years ago and yet... there are still prohibitionists foaming at the mouth that the collateral damage caused by their idiotic war on drugs is worth it... to them.Peru Shootdown
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Comment #2 posted by Soup Herb on April 20, 2019 at 07:53:33 PT:
Happy 4/20!
Our efforts have been challenged at every turn all because of the 1937 laws made into a political fight and has never been about the use of cannabis. Such a shame on an otherwise flourishing society...
But this kind of political hatred with prejudice is fueling the battle:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 20, 2019 at 06:36:45 PT
Happy 4/20 Everyone
Thank you all for making this happen. We've come a long way and it is just a matter of time until the Federal Laws change.
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