Coming Soon: America's Next Big Cannabis Tourism Destination

If you're looking for a cannabis-friendly vacation spot, some destinations are no-brainers: Jamaica. Denver. And even Uruguay, which legalized cannabis in 2013.

But for those who prefer more off-the-beaten track travel with top-notch cannabis, and minimal restrictions on possession and consumption, you might want to pack your parka and plan ahead for a trip to Alaska.

Alaska legalized the consumption and possession of cannabis in 2014; however, many approved retailers are still working with local government authorities to complete the process and open their doors to tourists.

Some, like Juneau Cannabis Tours, are poised to begin operations: when permitted, the Juneau-based firm will offer an "informative, eye opening, grin-inducing tour" of Southeast Alaska's cultivation facilities, retail stores, and manufacturing facilities hosted by their team of "cannabis aficionados."

When operational, they're planning a "fun, professional, and laid back way to experience the recreational cannabis industry," catering to all experience levels (provided you're 21 or older, per the state's legal age limits, of course). They anticipate starting operations in September.

Of course, Juneau Cannabis Tours won't be the only option: pro-cannabis travel site Kush Tourism has partnered with local operators like Bowman's Bear Creek Lodge to provide travellers with incentives to head north - including actually giving cannabis to guests - a practice permitted under Alaska law. Starting soon, if you book via Kush Tours, you're offered two free pre-rolled Joints as a thank-you present.

The degree to which cannabis tourism could boost the state's already-lucrative tourism industry, which attracts two million visitors per year, depends on how the industry is regulated, and when retailers will be permitted to open - a timeline which, for now at least, remains hazy.

Although Alaska's Marijuana Control Board issued its first business licenses in early June, would-be travellers will have to wait: applications for retailers will only be considered later in the year.

Banner image: White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad travels along the cliffs heading towards Skagway, Alaska, (Rocky Grimes / Shutterstock.com)

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