Can Cannabis Tourism Help Revive The Travel Industry?


Travel has been an ordeal for the reason that arrival of COVID-19. But with marijuana merchandise utilized by growing numbers of Americans, might hashish, in each its energetic and medicinal (CBD) kinds, assist revive the journey trade?

The numbers are surprisingly excessive (sorry.) A 2020 report discovered that 29 % of all energetic leisure vacationers (and 18 % of all Americans) wish to do cannabis-related actions on trip. This curiosity in hashish tourism will not be theoretical; 25% of respondents traveled to a vacation spot for a hashish expertise, together with 44% of Millennials and members of Generation Z.

For years, American vacationers flocked to Amsterdam and its famed cannabis cafes. While Dutch authorities are apparently cracking down, now U.S. locations are taking over the slack.

“As of September 2021, cannabis is legal for recreational consumption in 19 states, Washington D.C., Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, while the use of cannabis for medical purposes is currently legal in 36 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories,” says Steve Cottrell, President at Curaleaf Arizona. Curaleaf is a number one worldwide supplier of shopper merchandise in hashish.

However, it nonetheless is unlawful to make use of or possess on a nationwide stage below the Controlled Substances Act. “Marijuana cannot legally be transported across state lines, regardless of your mode of transportation and regardless of where your journey begins or ends,” Cottrell says. “When it comes to flying in particular, since cannabis is not federally legal, there is no way to bring it on a plane legally since you will be flying in federal jurisdiction.”

Similarly, it’s not an choice “to go to a national park—even one located in a state that has legalized marijuana—and smoke as federal land falls under federal jurisdiction,” says Serge Chistov, a hashish trade skilled and Chief Financial Partner with Honest Marijuana Co.

Within a state, it is very important know the authorized restrict one is allowed to hold. Cottrell says, “Every state is different, so be sure to consult your local state laws to ensure you don’t end up in trouble.” 

With worldwide gross sales anticipated to hit $55.9 billion by 2026, a hospitality publication advised that resorts can’t afford to disregard the rising curiosity in hashish use. With legalization in Colorado and Washington lodge bookings grew by 3.5% and 6%-7.2% when business gross sales started in 2014. Average room charges in Colorado grew 3.8%, or $6.31.

Availability of hashish might also be a differentiator within the extremely aggressive vacation spot market. Mexico is one nation on the street to legalization, the place cannabis-centric spas or yoga facilities may very well be potential vacationer sights.

What are different hashish journey experiences? They might embody visiting a rising facility or a dispensary like 115,000 sq. foot Planet 13 in Las Vegas, taking a hashish “420” bus tour, attempting CBD- or THC drinks, edibles or smoking, spa remedies with CBD merchandise, or sampling hashish in a “420 hotel.” There are cannabis-based dinners and ‘cannabis karaoke.’ Operators additionally provide courses like “Puff, Pass & Paint,” “Introductory Cooking with Cannabis,” and “Puff, Pass & Pincushion.”

Serge Chistov of Honest Marijuana Co there are many U.S. locations for hashish vacationers. These embody:

·       Hotels and B&Bs, nicknamed “Bud and Breakfasts,” that cater to the hashish crowd in locations like Massachusetts and Oregon. 

·       California connects vacationers with actions like yoga on a excessive to hashish infused cocktails on the dinner menu.

·       In Maine, the crossover from café to dispensary is going on with locations like Higher Grounds, the place you may order your latté with a aspect of weed.”

·       Colorado boasts excursions of pot farms, specialised lounges for having a weed infused drink and a church that features hashish in its companies. You may even study to roll sushi and joints at a Denver location.

Marijuana has been tried by 49% of Americans, in line with an August Gallup ballot. Some 12% of American adults usually use marijuana, a pointy improve from 2013, the place simply 7% did. Moreover, 20% of Millennials, a major demographic for journey, are marijuana customers, in comparison with 11% of Gen Xers and 9% of child boomers.

Meanwhile the nonintoxicating type of hashish, CBD, is used as an analgesic by thousands and thousands, together with many who by no means “get high.” Merriam Webster’s defines CBD as “a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp: CANNABIDIOL.”

A research reveals {that a} full 33% of Americans have used CBD merchandise, and that 64% of CBD customers use CBD for ache aid and irritation. CBD merchandise have quietly taken a pain-wracked nation by storm, whether or not clients favor to buy at CVS, their native dispensary or Groupon. Unsurprisingly, 45% of present CBD customers have elevated their use of CBD for the reason that international coronavirus pandemic.

After struggling via two years of COVID, can you’re taking your analgesic CBD gel or balm on board? The excellent news, says Cottrell of Curaleaf, is that “It is legal to travel with hemp-derived CBD products as long as the THC content is under 0.3%.”