2016 is a great year for cannabis in the United States. We’ve come leaps and bounds towards legalization and it’s awesome. In fact, there are currently five states that are scheduled to vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use: California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine. Just like in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon before them, if any of these states legalize marijuana, they’re going to see an influx of new tourism. So, so you guys can be prepared with me, I’ve complied a list of cool places to visit in each of the states that has the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot for 2016. Now, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually be able to toke up any of these places, but why not visit them already stoned. That’s what I plan to do. So without further adieu, here are a few cool places to visit in California.
Disneyland is on the top of this for obvious reasons, most of which is that it’s Disneyland. The amusement park, opened in 1955, has been a staple of Anaheim, California since its inception. I could spend all day to list the reasons that someone should visit Disneyland, but the most convincing comes from Walt Disney himself at the dedication:
To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
— Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955
More than likely, you won’t be able to spark up in Disneyland. It’s a kid friendly environment and people who have less tolerant views on the recreational assumption of marijuana, but there’s nothing to stop you from eating some space cake then getting on “It’s A Small World”. That sounds awesome to me.
Yosemite National Park
In case you haven’t heard of it, Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. It’s been consistently voted one of the best national parks in the United States. It has beautiful waterfalls, giant sequoias, and all kinds of wildlife. The beauty of being in a national park is that you could toke up outside and enjoy the scenery. You’d just have to be careful about the joint/blunt roaches. California is prone to wildfires and you don’t want your smoking to caught hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. As long as you’re careful, Yosemite is the perfect place to be a scenic smoker.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the coolest attractions in California. The admission ticket can be a little pricey, but it’s well worth it. The aquarium is amazing. There are three-story tanks full of wildlife and many other cool exhibits. This is definitely something that would be cool to take in under the influence (as long as you don’t get in the mood for a fish fry because of the munchies). It’s located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean right near the Marine base, so if you’re Military, you also get an awesome discount.
If you’re looking to learned all about the cannabis industry, even before legalization, Oaksterdam University is your spot. The university is located in Oaksterdam, which is a cultural district on the north side of downtown Oakland, CA. Right in the heart of Oakland is Oaksterdam University. It was founded in 2007 with the mission to make cannabis businesses more legitimate and move the laws in the United States toward legalization. You can attend one of the seminars for two to four days and learn about marijuana business, making edibles, and taking healthy clones. The classes will only get more popular after pot is legalized in California, so it’s definitely a fun thing to check to out while you’re in the state.
In Venice, California is the world-renowned Venice Beach. The scenic area is known for its eccentric people and its boardwalk. It’s a cultural hub and the place that most people envision when they think of the quintessential California experience. That being said, if California is lucky enough to legalize recreational marijuana, it’ll more than likely be the spot to find the best dispensaries. Honestly, after Disneyland, this will be the place that you’ll most likely find me when I visit California post legalization.