Overtourism and Why Amsterdam May Ban Tourists from Cannabis Cafes

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New Mexico Considers Changes to Limit Recreational Cannabis Tourism

Regulators in New Mexico held a public hearing this week to discuss rules for the state’s forthcoming recreational cannabis market. 

The state’s Regulation and Licensing Department, as well as its Cannabis Control Division, fielded questions and comments from the public during last Thursday’s hearing over the rules that will govern cannabis retailers and manufacturers.

According to the local website NM Political Report, the comments at the hearing “varied from proposed regulations for packaging requirements, general business practices to cannabis deliveries to both businesses and residences.”

The meeting was highlighted by the appearance of Katy Duhigg, a Democratic state Senator who also serves as a cannabis attorney in Albuquerque. Duhigg “brought up a series of issues she said she would like to see changed and offered specific suggestions,” according to the website. It was reported that she “took issue with a proposed requirement that cannabis manufactures prove they have access to water rights because manufacturing doesn’t necessarily use water the same way cultivation does.”

“Requiring all manufacturers to prove water rights for their application, I think, is unreasonably burdensome, because it’s just not going to be a factor for a number of them,” Duhigg said, as quoted by NM Political Report

Lawmakers in New Mexico passed a bill legalizing recreational pot use for adults during a special legislative session in the spring. The legislation was signed into law in April by Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. This means big things for New Mexico, as for the first time ever, they will finally have a legal cannabis industry. 

Legislators had failed to pass a legalization bill during the regular 60-day session, prompting Grisham to call a special session to get the proposal over the finish line.

“The unique circumstances of the session, with public health safeguards in place, in my view, prevented the measures on my call from crossing the finish line,” Grisham said at the time. “While I applaud the Legislature and staff for their incredible perseverance and productivity during the 60-day in the face of these challenges, we must and we will forge ahead and finish the job on these initiatives together for the good of the people and future of our great state.”

Grisham’s office specifically cited the legalization bill as a reason for the special session.

“With general, across-the-aisle agreement on the importance of the legalization initiative, the governor intends to see through final passage of this potentially significant economic driver, which is estimated to create over 11,000 jobs and ensure New Mexico is not left behind as more and more states adopt adult-use cannabis legalization,” the governor’s office said at the time.

The extra time proved effective, as New Mexico legislators soon passed the Cannabis Regulation Act, which legalized recreational cannabis use for adults aged 21 and older. 

The new law officially went into effect on June 29, allowing such adults to have up to two ounces of pot outside their home (and even more inside their home).

Under the Cannabis Regulation Act, regulated marijuana sales must begin by April 1, 2022.

At the public hearing last Thursday, participants like Duhigg addressed some of the stipulations in the bill, including one requiring cannabis producers to “show that they have legal access to water after many members of the public raised concerns about New Mexico’s scarce water supply,” according to NM Political Report.

The website said that Duhigg with a “provision that would limit cannabis retail businesses from giving away free products to anyone but medical cannabis patients,” as well as one that “would limit cannabis deliveries to residential addresses.”

The latter, she said, will “reduce cannabis tourism in New Mexico.”

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Uruguay Planning to Open Cannabis Tourism Market

Uruguay was the first country in modern times to take the plunge and legalize recreational cannabis, which it did back in 2013. Now, Uruguay is looking to up the ante with plans to open a cannabis tourism market to bolster the industry further.

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Liberalism in Uruguay

Uruguay was the first country to legalize the use of recreational cannabis, creating the world’s first adult-use market in 2013. This happened when then-President Jose Mujica officially signed legislation in December of that year. Prior to this time, Uruguay was still one of the more liberal countries when it came to drug laws, having decriminalized all drugs back in 1974 for personal use.

When that law was enacted (law 14.294), it did not specify how much accounted for personal use – called a ‘minimum quantity’, and judges were left to make that assessment on a case-by-case basis. Growing, selling, and any sort of trafficking crime, were still illegal at that time. In 1998 the law was updated with a change in language from ‘minimum quantity’ which it had been since 1974, to ‘reasonable quantity’, a similarly non-specific term for how much a person can possess without criminal penalties. This law also reduced the consequences for offenders caught growing and selling cannabis illegally.

It’s probably good to point out that Uruguay has consistently been more liberal than other South American countries, which might explain how it got to legalization, when no one else had. Latin America is generally seen as a very Christian area, where there is sometimes a large connection between church and state. In the case of Uruguay, that connection was severed back in 1918. Similarly, women were given the right to vote as early as 1932. Uruguay even holds the designation of being one of only three countries in Latin America to allow abortion, first decriminalizing it in 2008, and then legalizing it without question in the first trimester, in 2012. That same year, the country voted in same sex marriage, with a full legalization in 2013.

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Cannabis legalization in Uruguay

As stated, in 2013, Uruguay broke with the rest of the world and formally legalized recreational cannabis. As per the usual, the legalization didn’t come with the framework for regulation, which took another few years, and was released in 2017. Uruguay is the only legalized location thus far to institute a government-run system rather than a free market, meaning the government is in control of all distribution and pricing.

Uruguay’s cannabis law stipulates the following: citizens are allowed to grow up to six plants every year, or up to 480 grams, whichever comes first. Social clubs can be formed with 15-45 members wherein 99 plants can be grown. In order to buy cannabis from the government, a citizen must register first, and cannabis is only sold through licensed pharmacies. Participants registered in the system can buy up to 40 grams a month, and there is no promotion or advertising allowed.

Uruguay’s main reason for legalizing marijuana was to combat the illegal drug trade. Latin America is known for its drug trafficking and drug violence, and Uruguay wanted to cut into the cannabis black market, by diverting it to a legal one. In the words of President Mujica at the time the idea was initially brought up, “The effects of drug trafficking are worse than those of the drugs themselves.” Even decriminalization proved a complicated idea, as allowing the use of something for which there is no legal way to obtain it, means the encouragement of a black market.

Whereas Canada, and many US states, legalized for similar reasons, no other legalized location has instituted a government-run model, and in no other case has the price of cannabis been kept so low. As of early 2020, the price for a gram was about $1.23 USD, far less than anywhere else. To be clear, users aren’t given a large array of strains to choose from, and none of them are high-THC. Even so, by early 2020, approximately 41,000 users were registered, there were over 8,000 home-growers, 158 cannabis clubs had popped up with a combined total of about 5,000 members, and users have three clear legal avenues to obtain cannabis: pharmacies, self-cultivation, and cannabis clubs. According to 2020 statistics, May 2020 saw the sale of approximately 87,000 grams, and April 2020 had sales of nearly 100,000 grams.

Uruguay and a new plan for a cannabis tourism market

Uruguay wants to further control the issue of the black market in the country, and has proposed a way to do both that, and to bolster the cannabis industry further. The new plan for Uruguay is to open a cannabis tourism market, to keep visitors coming into the country from buying black market weed. Uruguay has done a lot to limit the black market, but gangs still prevail, and the black market still claimed as much as 89% of cannabis business in 2020. Plus, the country has yet to reach $10 million USD in exports, partly challenged by a growing international market with tons of competition.

To be fair, exports did more than double by 2020, to hit $7.5 million, but this is far less than the hoped for hundreds of millions which never materialized (and which was a bit unrealistic to begin with.) According to secretary general of the National Drugs Board, Daniel Radio, “I think there was excessive optimism regarding the possibilities of growth, because we aren’t playing alone here.” He went on to say, “Some investment is showing up in manufacturing and value-added processes. That has to be our bet, because it’s the only way Uruguay can be competitive.”

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Current President Luis Lacalle Pou and administration may even release a plan this year in order to start building support for such an initiative. And while the country is happy to provide cannabis to tourists, it’s primary aim is to keep those tourists from the black market. Uruguay’s population is only about 3.5 million, so the inclusion of foreigners could greatly increase the base of potential customers. Argentinians and Brazilians make up a large part of the tourist market each year. This has been impeded by the coronavirus pandemic, however, Uruguay expects to open its borders to vaccinated travelers by November 1st.

According to Deputy Tourism Minister Remo Monzeglio, this might come with a rise in prices for tourists, with proceeds going to fund drug treatment programs. Realistically, raising prices has proven to be a pitfall of the industry, so whether Uruguay, which has avoided that pitfall thus far, will actually do this, remains to be seen.

In terms of how all this is expected to be done, Monzeglio continued that a presidential decree would be a faster way to get tourists registered and buying at pharmacies. In order to formally drop the registering requirement, new legislation would have to be written.

Medical cannabis tourism

Uruguay isn’t the only country interested in a cannabis tourism market, in fact, it’s becoming all the rage. For years, Amsterdam held the title for the biggest cannabis tourism destination, but there are plenty of others, from Christiana in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Spain with its selection of cannabis clubs. Plenty of countries are also using the medical aspect to open medical cannabis tourism markets.

Last year, Thailand became the first Asian country to legalize medical cannabis, and though the country doesn’t seem to have any immediate intentions to go recreational, it is trying to build a medical cannabis tourism industry. As per Marut Jirasrattasiri, the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Director, “Thailand is already a tourist destination for many foreigners, and marijuana will be another attraction for the country and for medical tourists.” In order to make this happen, draft legislation was created to allow foreigners access to Thai medical cannabis clinics, and possibly allow medical patients to bring their own cannabis with them.

The US Virgin Islands, also has its eye on grabbing the medical cannabis tourism market. Medical cannabis was made legal in the Virgin Islands in 2019, with provisions in the bill which allow for patients coming from locations with legalized cannabis, to access care in the Virgin Islands for a fee. The same bill also made it open to patients unable to access cannabis medicine in their home country, to enter treatment in an in-house cannabis treatment program.

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Governor Albert Bryan Jr. was even looking to take it one step further, pushing an amendment for cannabis legalization, which didn’t use the word ‘recreational’, but instead called it ‘non-prescribed’. This amendment would have allowed the use of this ‘non-prescribed’ cannabis all throughout the Island. The bill didn’t make it through legislative sessions, as it was introduced last minute, but chances are it will come up again.

Jamaica is yet another country capitalizing on medical cannabis tourism. In Jamaica, cannabis was decriminalized in the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2015, which makes it so that up to two ounces incurs no criminal record, gives the ability for a person to grow up to five plants, opens up cannabis use for religious purposes, and allows for tourists to be eligible for cannabis permits so long as they already hold a prescription for medical cannabis.

The last part is globally inclusive, and shows the beginning of a push for a medical cannabis tourism market, along with a religious cannabis tourism market, helped along by Rastafari culture, which embraces cannabis. Jamaica is one of the first countries to provide a religious legalization, and that legalization extends to using cannabis freely in religious environments. Also a major point of interest for tourists, with the two combining to form a great basis for cannabis tourism in general.

Conclusion

Will Uruguay really embrace a new cannabis tourism market? Considering the country has already shown its willing to break with international and regional code when it comes to many subjects, and as it has already positioned itself as a trailblazer in cannabis legalization, it’s looking pretty promising. And who would expect less from the country that started it all, then to have a new innovative way to grow its industry?

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Guam Legalized Recreational Marijuana, Asks Citizens to Help

We talk a lot about the 50 standard US states and where they stand on recreational marijuana policy. But the US includes more than just 50 states, and of the territories included in the repertoire of US properties, Guam legalized recreational marijuana first. Now, in order to iron out the wrinkles of regulation, Guam is asking its citizens for help!

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A little about Guam

Guam is an island located in the North Pacific Ocean which is considered an unincorporated territory. We’re all familiar with the fact that Guam is not actually part of the United States, but most of us are aware that its somehow related. The US has different territories that it governs, but not in the exact same way as the standard 50. An unincorporated territory is “A United States insular area in which the United States Congress has determined that only selected parts of the United States Constitution apply.”

Guam is governed under the Organic Act of Guam, which was established by Congress and the president on August 1st, 1950. While the act made Guam natives into US citizens, they don’t have the ability to vote in national elections. A 1968 amendment to the Act allows for local elections for a governor. Guam is also able to elect a delegate to the US House of Representatives in two-year terms, however with limited voting rights that impede the ability to vote on the final passage of legislation.

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Guam is about 5,800 miles off the coast of San Francisco, and its capital city is Hagåtña, or Agana. Natives of Guam are generally of Malaysian and Indonesian decent, with a good mix of Filipino, Mexican, Spanish, and European and Asian ancestry thrown in.

Guam has multiple US military facilities housed on its premises, in particular Anderson Air Force Base. While agriculture and fishing are big industries on the Island, work on the military bases has also provided much income to locals. Tourism is also a very prominent part of the economy.

Guam has a small population numbering approximately 168,000.

Guam and cannabis

Like most places around the world, Guam spent most of the 20th century with laws illegalizing cannabis use on all levels. However, by 2014, things were starting to change. In November 2014, Guam citizens voted on a referendum measure to legalize medicinal marijuana. The measure – Joaquin KC Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act – passed with 56% of the vote. This, as per the usual, did not result in immediate action, and in the following years there were many set-backs. The law was officially signed in 2015, and in 2017 there were still issues that kept it from being used. Now, however, the territory has an operational program for using cannabis for debilitative sicknesses.

In a strange turnaround, a month after Governor Eddie Calvo put a veto on a measure of the medical marijuana law that would allow home cultivation to license holders, he put forth a bill that not only does cover personal cultivation of cannabis, but called for the legalization of recreational marijuana in general. The bill was introduced in January 2017.

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The bill – The Guam Industry Cannabis Act of 2019 – was signed into law in April 2019 by Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. The legalization covers individuals over the age of 21, and allows for up to one ounce (28 grams). This legalization also didn’t go into effect straight away as it required the institution of a Cannabis Control Board. The law does allow for individuals to grow up to six plants, but does not allow for public use, or driving under the influence.

Where are things now?

One of the things that we know about the passage of legislation, especially when it comes to subjects that require lots of complicated and interconnected laws, particularly when the subject is still a taboo one, and expressly when there are lots of competing interests, it can sure take a while. A bill being passed means that there’s enough agreement on the topic for it to go forth, but working out all the creases is a complex and time-consuming process, with lots of competing personal and business interests. As of now – fall 2020 – Guam is still working out the kinks of its recreational marijuana program.

Since Guam legalized recreational marijuana, and has been working out its regulation-related kinks, it actually is doing something nearly unheard of. It’s asking its citizens to weigh in on different measures. Citizens do often get a more direct say in Guam – after all, Guam does hold referendums which allow voters to directly decide a topic. But this is a little different. Rather than having the population voting a law in or out, the Cannabis Control Board is actually asking the public for comments in order to adjust legislation. Part of this process include three scheduled public hearings, all coming up soon on November 19th, 20th, and 21st.

While Coronavirus restrictions are limiting the number of people who can attend the hearings (which are to be held in a conference room at the governor’s office), the Cannabis Control Board has asked residents who want to make a comment, to contact them directly to set up a time and date for their opinion to be heard, either online or in person. Now, granted, this is a small territory with not many people. But what it’s doing right now is very, very cool. For once, instead of the government deciding it always knows what’s best for its people, this government is going directly to the people for help, and that’s a pretty awesome thing. Some would say its what a democracy should entail.

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For any Guam residents who read this in time and want to be involved, please, take advantage of the fact that your home location is open to your opinion. You can contact the Cannabis Control Board at this address: guamccb@revtax.guam.gov. The proposed rules and regulations that Guam citizens can weigh-in on are posted on the Rev and Tax website. The public is required – by Guam law – to have at least ten days to review measures before public hearings, and also allows residents in person to review a copy of the proposals. Interested participants are given up to 15 minutes to give their opinion.

Small country, big smoke!

Alright, so Guam is tiny. So tiny that a lot of its cannabis news can fly under the radar since population-wise it just doesn’t compare to places like Germany, or any US state, or Canada. But that doesn’t mean that its tiny population isn’t getting really high. As of 2012, a World Drug Report put out by The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes established Guam as having the 3rd highest smoking population with 18.4% smoking cannabis. This put the tiny island behind a couple other tiny places, Palau at #1 with 24.2%, and the Northern Mariana Islands at #2 with a smoking population of approximately 22.2%. Now, whether these numbers are accurate is really not important, because even if they’re a little off, it shows that some of these smaller locations have very big smoking populations, regardless of the exact specifics.

In the same report, the US came up as #7 with 14.1% using cannabis, and Canada was right behind at #8 with a smoking population of 12.7%.

Guam, as a cool touristic island location, can also benefit from marijuana tourism, and since Guam legalized recreational marijuana, it now has a leg up. With Coronavirus restrictions still at play all over the world, it’s hard to say exactly what Guam can expect as a cannabis tourism destination, but the country has already been trying to entice residents of Asia to come on over. According to Senator Clynton Ridgell who is helping organize the bill with Speaker Tina Barnes and Senator Jose Terlaje, “I’m actively working with them to figure out how to complete the final steps, which include the need for public hearings. We’ll get this done soon and we’ll attract a new type of tourist to Guam.”

Cannabis tourism is already becoming big in other places, including other US territories like the US Virgin Islands.

Conclusion

Sometimes big things come in small packages. Guam is certainly small, but since Guam legalized recreational marijuana, it’s been taking some very big steps to include the population in legislation that directly effects it. If only more places did the same…

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Medical Cannabis Tourism Rising: Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and Thailand Set to Cash In

Medical tourism isn’t a new concept. For quite some time people have been making journeys to other places to receive medical benefits unavailable to them in their home countries. It follows suit that cannabis, the new darling – and devil – of the medical world, would be the new fuel for the industry.

In some cases, it was the result of coming from a poor country and needing the medical technology and assistance of a well-developed one. In some cases, it was to combat the sheer cost of a medicine or medical procedure: think uninsured Americans going to Canada or Mexico to get a cancer medication that would bankrupt them in America.

In some cases, it was to get a treatment that wasn’t allowed in the country of residence. Like people in a place where medical cannabis isn’t illegal, going to a place where it is. It is that idea which drives the medical cannabis tourism industry of today, coupled with an actual ‘tourism’ component that has turned the idea of traveling for medical treatment into vacationing while getting your medical treatment.

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How it’s usually done

Nearly every country has cannabis laws in place that regulate who can use cannabis – if anyone – and the reasons under which they can use it. Some don’t allow any use, some allow use for medical needs, some allow use for whatever purpose a person deems necessary, and some don’t really allow it, but have made laws that let people get away with it anyway. One of the factors that permeates through all of these different cannabis climates is that laws permitting use generally apply only to residents of the country.

One of the standard cannabis tourism locations is the Netherlands, where for years it has been okay to sit in coffee shops in Amsterdam and smoke weed. People from all over the world come to do this, even though the legality for foreigners taking advantage of these laws is actually questionable in some places, and often the center for debate. Over time it has remained flexible though, and open to outsiders. My guess is that no matter how much it might not always be preferable, the money that comes in through this cannabis tourism makes it worth the while.

Generally speaking, countries that have any kind of legalized cannabis policy, do so for their own citizens. But as times progress, regulation in different places is opening up to allow for more flexibility, like in the Netherlands, or for countries to open up medical programs that can be accessed legally by non-residents, making for a surge in medical cannabis tourism.

The US Virgin Islands take advantage

Cannabis has been decriminalized in the US Virgin Islands since December 2014. On January 10, 2019, the Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act was signed into place legalizing medical cannabis in the Virgin Islands, which includes policies that allow people who come from other places with legalized cannabis programs to access care in the Virgin Islands for a fee, as well as allowing people from around the globe who are not cannabis patients to access therapy in a Virgin Islands in-patient cannabis program.

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This might not be where it ends as Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has been pushing for an amendment to legalize cannabis altogether since late last year, an extension of the medical cannabis law. The amendment would also expunge prior convictions of anyone who was convicted for having less than one pound of cannabis. The bill, apparently, doesn’t use the standard term of ‘recreational cannabis’, but instead refers to it as ‘non-prescribed marijuana.’

The bill stipulates that this non-prescribed marijuana could be used anywhere on the island, but would be illegal to bring off the island. All of this would be to entice people to come to the island paradise where they could medically or non-medically partake in cannabis as a part of their general stay which would be blurred between treatment and vacation.

Jamaica pushes to be medical cannabis tourism destination

Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Jamaica since 2015. It’s kind of funny to think of places like Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands, homes of the Rastafarian movement that uses cannabis religiously, as having strict cannabis policies at all. However, as most of the world turned anti-cannabis during the early 1900’s, so did these locations, barring the plant that many saw as a part of their religion.

In Jamaica, cannabis was outlawed via the Ganga act in 1913. It wasn’t until 2015 that the legislation was officially updated in the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2015. When it was decriminalized, the following points were put in place, with an obvious eye on the future:

  • No criminal record for up to 2 ounces
  • A person can grow up to 5 plants
  • Rastafari practitioners may use cannabis for religious purposes
  • Tourists are eligible for permits to buy cannabis if they hold a prescription for medical marijuana

This last point is interesting, and globally inclusive. The point before that opens the door to many other things. Take into consideration places like Coral Cove, a health and wellness resort in Westmoreland on Jamaica’s west coast, an area that has practically become designated for such health and wellness type locations.

Coral Cove happens to have an onsite greenhouse where they grow some really nice bud, and they do so in conjunction with the Bobo Shanti Rastafari sect that lives on the island who have a religious exemption for growing cannabis, given to them by the Jamaican government through the decriminalization update to the Ganga law. Since it’s covered by law for religious use, smoking is protected at the resort, and even those without existing prescriptions for medical cannabis, are fully permitted to partake. As you can probably imagine, this is most likely not the only time this exemption has been used in this way.

Whether backhandedly using religious law, or simply providing a medical treatment for those who already have a prescription, Jamaica is certainly positioning itself to be a place for people to go for their much-desired weed treatments.

Thailand aims efforts at cannabis tourism

Cannabis has long been a part of Thai traditional culture, but it was criminalized regardless in 1934. After a stringent – and losing – war on drugs, Thailand took a 180º turn and decided to look into legalization for medical use in 2016. However, unlike other countries that established medical programs with just their own citizens in mind, Thailand is already thinking globally.

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Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan was quoted as saying “We would like to provide medical tour packages, such as detox, Thai massage and other wellness courses that use marijuana substances.” The idea would be to incorporate it into packages that are oriented toward traditional Thai medicine and massage, and would be geared mostly toward Americans and Europeans who are already on board with medical cannabis.

On Monday April 27th of this year, the first two clinics with full-time hours opened in Thailand dispensing cannabis oil. They joined a number of part-time clinics already in operation for the same purpose. The cannabis for these operations comes from six different facilities in the country which are monitored by the Public Health Ministry.

Thailand is interesting because of how quickly it has turned around its policy, and how open it is with what it wants to do. Thailand seems to have identified the growing cannabis industry as the next direction to point itself in, and has very quickly been updating formal policies, and general perceptions to work toward dominating in that area. In fact, developing a medical cannabis industry was cited as a specific priority of Thailand’s government, and a major point of the Bhumjaithai party which is one of the bigger parties in Prime Minster Prayuth Chan-ocha’s coalition. It is being eyed as a great economic opportunity by providing an industry in which citizens of the country can work and earn money.

The future of medical cannabis tourism

More and more countries are legalizing cannabis for medical use, whether it’s to smoke a bud, eat a gummy, or vape CBD (cannabidiol) oil – a constituent cannabinoid of the cannabis plant that unlike THC does not have psychoactive properties. While this can make needing to go to a foreign location for treatment less necessary, it should be remembered that not all countries are forward thinking with their cannabis laws, or the laws they have don’t provide for the necessary treatments.

And maybe even more importantly, who wouldn’t want to do their medical cannabis therapy (or recreational cannabis therapy!) in a beautiful resort-like location where health and wellness meet luxury vacation? As the medicinal uses of marijuana grow, the idea of destination therapy has been growing with it, with more and more countries writing regulation to open their cannabis laws to the global public at large.

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