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What’s the perfect time to smoke pot? Everyone knows it’s 4:20. And everyone celebrates international pot-smoking day on April 20th every year. But do you know why 420 is linked to smoking pot? It all started back in early in the 1970s in San Rafael, California.

A group of high school students planned to meet every day after school at 4:20pm at the Louis Pasteur statue on San Rafael High School’s campus. Their purpose was to get high and then search for a path of weed on the Point Reyes Peninsula. An older brother of the group was paranoid that his cannabis plants would be discovered, so he hid them carefully. He told his younger brother if they could find the patch, they could harvest some for their personal pleasure.

420 Louis became a siren call to the group’s members to meet, get high, and begin their quest to find the patch of cannabis plants. They eventually dropped the “Louis” and the term stuck and spread to future generations. It’s not only widely known in the US, but has spread across countries around the globe for decades, thanks to the media. Today, with the advent of legalized medical and adult use cannabis, marijuana 420 lifestyle is big business.

Did you know Marijuana Tourism is a thing now? If you’re into the 420 lifestyle, you already know the weed legal states in the US. Interesting enough, as states around the country legalize recreational marijuana use, they’ve seen tourism jump drastically. For example, Denver, Colorado experienced a 75% increase in tourism after legalizing weed. The states of Washington and Oregon saw an increase in hotel booking services after cannabis was legalized in 2014 and 2015, respectively. And Las Vegas experienced such a rush they ran out of supplies in the first few weeks of offering legal pot for sale.

Here’s your complete guide to the 420 lifestyle in the US and where you need to be in 2019.

Where to start

Are you planning a trip in 2019 that includes cannabis friendly travel? Here are a couple of websites where you should start your research.

  • Cannabis Tours. Find the best places to stay, 420 lifestyle tours, and classes and activities while you’re visiting California, Las Vegas, Denver, Washington DC and more. This website offers plenty of information on your 420 friendly vacation. Or you can call their friendly tour hotline to book your vacation now.
  • Pot Guide. This website offers a variety of ways to find the best destinations, activities, and deals for a 420 vacation anywhere in the US. You can search by state, look for deals, find dispensaries, or research local news and culture to help you decide where to travel next. There’s even a section for Canadian travel if you’re so moved.
  • Kush Tourism. If you want to book travel to Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, or other legal marijuana states, you can easily find plenty of information here. Not only does this website list the best places to stay to experience the 420 lifestyle, but it also helps you find the dispensaries, tours, and shops close to your hotel.
  • Bud and Breakfast. How do you find 420 friendly places to stay around the world? This website helps you locate cannabis friendly loving around the world. You can search by location, how many guests, and the dates of travel to find places to stay from Michigan to Amsterdam and South Africa. Check out the amazing selection of featured properties across the globe that are 420 friendly.
  • My 420 tours. If you’re heading to Colorado for a 420 friendly vacation, check out My 420 tours for a variety of activities, tours, accommodations, and more. They proclaim they are the “original cannabis tourism company” and have plenty of information on everything 420 friendly. Check out the website for everything from an all-inclusive cannabis vacation to renting a vaporizer to finding a pet friendly hotel with complimentary vaporizers included.
  • USA Weed. Anywhere in the United States you want to travel that offers a 420 friendly experience, you can find here. You can find information on cannabis travel locations, find travel packages for your dates of travel, and find extensive information on everything cannabis. If you’re a newbie, they have a Cannabis for Dummies section to help you get up to speed on everything you need to know. Use their recreational dispensaries listing to find where to buy legal weed wherever you travel.

States to target for 420 lifestyle travel

As of 2019, the following states and Washington DC have legalized recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and older. You don’t need a doctor’s certification, unless you’re looking for medical marijuana in the 30 states that have legalized it to date.


Alaska legalized recreational weed for adults aged 21 and older. You can legally have around 30-40 joints in your personal possession, but you can’t smoke marijuana in public places. For those living in Alaska, you can legally grow up to six plants with only three that can flower at the same time. Find local licensed dispensaries licensed to sell cannabis if you’re visiting for a 420 lifestyle vacation.


California legalized recreational pot as of January 2018, but it’s still up to individual cities and counties how that works. Make sure you check out the local regulations before visiting a location in California to understand the laws and limitations. If you’re 21 or older, you can carry an ounce with you, and if you live in California, you can grow up to six plants at a time. Again, you can’t smoke in public and you must buy weed from licensed dispensaries.


Another state to legalize recreational marijuana, Colorado’s cannabis tourism has grown in leaps and bounds. If you’re 21 or older, you’ll love the 420 friendly opportunities in Colorado. You can carry up to an ounce, grow up to twelve plants, and legally buy or sell weed at licensed retail stores. As with other states, you can’t smoke in public, but most of their hotels are 420 friendly and welcome smoking weed in their hotels.


You can have up to 2.5 ounces of pot in Maine as long as you’re 21 or older. You can also grow up to three flowering plants at a time or 12 immature plants and an unlimited amount of seedlings. Again, don’t smoke publicly in Maine, but you can find plenty of dispensaries thanks to a robust medical marijuana trade.


Legislators are still working out the details here. But for those living in Massachusetts, you can carry up to an ounce with you and keep up to 10 ounces in your home. Don’t smoke it publicly, but those in Massachusetts bet it becomes a major East Coast anchor for the 420 lifestyle.


Sin city (Las Vegas) is a prime location for marijuana tourism. You can possess marijuana legally in Nevada, up to one ounce with you, but you can’t smoke it publicly. Las Vegas hotels advertise they’re pot friendly, and you can even find marijuana resorts on Las Vegas Boulevard. If you’ve wanted to visit Las Vegas, this is just another reason to recommend a vacation there.


Oregon is another state that legalized possession of pot, up to eight ounces in your home and one ounce with you. Again, don’t smoke your pot in public, but you can legally purchase your weed from licensed dispensaries. Or you can grow up to four marijuana plants if you live in Oregon.


Vermont was the first state to legalize pot legislatively instead of through a ballot issue like other states. You can carry up to one ounce and grow two mature and four immature plants at any time. The regulations for medical marijuana are a little more lax: patients can carry up to two ounces and grow up to twelve plants.


The State of Washington legalized recreational marijuana use for those 21 years or older. You can legally carry up to an ounce or buy weed up to six ounces from a licensed dispensary to keep at home. Washington is the only state that doesn’t let is residents grow their own plants for recreational use, but medical marijuana users can.

Washington DC

Similar to other locations with legalized recreational marijuana laws, you can carry up to an ounce of pot, but can’t own over two ounces. If you grow your own, you can legally grow up to six plants in your home, with only three being mature at the same time. You cannot buy or sell pot in Washington DC, nor can you smoke it in public.

Find dispensaries by state

If you’re planning a 420 vacation this year, you need to know where to legally purchase your weed. There are two industry standards for finding legal dispensaries on a state-by-state basis:

  • Weed Maps. Traveling in the United States requires an easy-to-use map to help you find where to buy your pot when on vacation. Weed Maps is an industry leader listing legal dispensaries by state. You can simply click on the state you’re visiting on vacation to find local dispensaries close to your lodgings or close to your attractions and activities.
  • Leafly. The other industry standard is Leafly, a catch-all of information about everything marijuana. They offer help to find dispensaries and a service, #FindYour420, with plenty of information about the 420 lifestyle to help you plan vacations and stay on top of the latest news.

Final thoughts

Have you heard of the “Green Rush”? Similar to the Gold Rush of years past, the new Wild West is turning on legalized pot. People are flocking out west to legally buy and consume cannabis recreationally. You don’t need a medical license; you only need legal identification proving you’re 21 years or older to purchase weed. Or you can open your own legal cannabis business in a booming industry that sees no end in sight. Regardless if you merely want to consume, or if you want an opportunity to make money, the Green Rush is the cusp of a new wave of business in an industry that shows no signs of slowing any time soon.And for those interested in the 420 lifestyle, the Green Rush is opening opportunities for travel, tourism, and more around the United States and abroad. You can find legalized marijuana almost anywhere you’d like to go nowadays. Use the resources in this post to help you find the best locations, deals, and activities to incorporate your love of cannabis into your next vacation.

Christopher Wright

Meet Christopher Wright, aka Blue, successful radio host and creator of Cannabis Talk 101. As well as CEO of Cannabis Talk Network. For over a decade now, Chris has had his hands in all faucets of the Cannabis Industry. From medicinal marijuana dispensaries and cultivations to controversial cannabis activism, Chris is a pioneer for the cannabis movement.