Recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada and in case you didn’t notice, it’s kind of a big deal. Canada is the first major country to legalize weed like this, and as such a lot of people are watching and waiting to see what happens. Will Canada be able to handle legal weed? How will the economy fare? One question on a lot of people’s minds is how cannabis tourism will do in Canada. Is Canada the future of cannabis tourism, a new Amsterdam if you will?
The Case For Canadian Cannabis Tourism
It is very possible that Canada could become a new hot spot for cannabis tourism for one main reason: public consumption. Cannabis consumption is allowed in public in most Canadian provinces, which is a huge difference from recreational states in the US. With the exception of a few places, such as schools and hospitals, you can light up pretty much anywhere you want, including designated hotel rooms. This is going to be a big draw for tourists, who will naturally want to indulge in their hotel rooms. Canada also has cannabis cafes that have started to pop up all over the country, even prior to legalization.
Cannabis tourism companies are already starting to pop up in Canada. One such is Canadian Kush Tours, which is based out of Toronto. Canadian Kush Tours is already booking things such as bachelor parties, according to owner Neev Tapiero.
The Case Against Cannabis Tourism in Canada
On the other hand, the Canadian government does not seem to want cannabis tourism in the country, or at least they do not consider it to be a high priority. Basically if you went to Canada today and asked the board of tourism where the hookup is, they won’t tell you. You have to use Weed Maps or something like that.
Another thing to consider is supply. Canada is in definite danger of running out of weed, according to most distributors. CBC reported that online and brick and mortar retailers are already running out of product, which puts the whole market in danger. It’s understandable that the Canadian government probably doesn't want a bunch of foreigners coming in and buying up all their weed. Of course, this shortage is not permanent; Nevada had the same issue when they legalized July of last year, and California had issues as well, issues which they are still dealing with to a certain extent.
Lastly, the US government has been very vocal about their opposition to Canadian legalization, even going as far as attempting to ban Canadian workers in the cannabis industry from entering the US. This week US Border Patrol said that Canadians could be banned from the US if it seems probable that they would bring Canadian cannabis into the US and plan to smoke it there, Global News reported. This could keep people from entering Canada for cannabis tourism, for fear of being banned from the US.
Will Canada be the future of cannabis tourism? It’s anyone’s guess right now.
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