03 September 2018 Posted By : Administrator

Trying to Be a Marijuana Tourist? Avoid These 7 Mistakes

We’re slowly transitioning to become a society tolerant of recreational marijuana use, but we’re not there quite yet. As of 2018, there are nine states (and Washington, DC), that legally allow the recreational use of marijuana by adults. And on top of that, medical marijuana is available in 30 states.

If you happen to live in a state where this popular drug is still illegal, you might be tempted to travel to a state where you can partake in the habit. But before you leave to become a “marijuana tourist,” there are some mistakes and misconceptions you’ll need to avoid, no matter what.

Mistakes to Avoid as a Marijuana Tourist

Steer clear of these critical mistakes when smoking weed in an unfamiliar area:

  1. Not knowing the rules. Know the laws before you travel. Just because a place has legalized the recreational consumption of marijuana doesn’t mean you can easily acquire it, or that you can smoke it whenever or wherever you like. Small details, like different rules for out-of-state consumers or the inability to resell weed, can make a big difference in how you engage with the product. And if you aren’t careful, it could get you arrested.
  2. Smoking weed in public. In most states, it’s illegal to smoke marijuana in any public place. Even if it weren’t, it can be considered disrespectful, and a breach of etiquette that makes all pot smokers look bad. If you’re caught smoking in public, you could easily be arrested, forcing you to seek legal help and putting your trip to an end.
  3. Bringing products back to your home state. If you have some leftovers, or some friends back home who would love to partake in this habit with you, you might be tempted to bring some of the goods back with you. But remember, just because you bought it legally in one place doesn’t mean you’re entitled to bring it back with you to a place where it’s illegal. If you’re crossing a state or national border, the risk is even higher.
  4. Buying too much. Related to this problem, it’s common for weed tourists to buy way more than they can reasonably smoke in a single trip. It’s a waste of money and a waste of product, since you can’t take it home with you, and in most cases, you can’t sell it (or even give it away). It’s better to buy a little at a time, especially if you aren’t sure how much you’ll be consuming. That way, you don’t end up with an excessive amount.
  5. Getting too high. If you’re new to smoking marijuana, you might end up consuming far more than necessary to get the traditional “high.” This is especially true if you’re eating consumables; it’s easy to underestimate how much marijuana is really in these products. There are some techniques you can use to calm down from a powerful high, but even so, getting too high will negatively interfere with your vacation experience. It’s best to try a little at a time until you feel confident in how the weed will affect you.
  6. Selecting strains randomly. Most marijuana dispensaries offer dozens, if not hundreds of different strains. You might be tempted to choose the one with the prettiest or funniest name, but this isn’t a good idea. Modern strains of weed are specifically cultivated for different purposes; some are better for resolving anxiety, for example, and some are stronger or weaker to match different needs. Make sure you understand these before you buy.
  7. Neglecting the potential consequences. Smoking weed in a different city may seem like it has no downsides for you back home, but that may not be the case. In many states, for example, it’s legal to fire someone for any reason; if your employer finds out you were smoking weed (even if it was legally), you could lose your job.

Talking to an Expert

Most of these problems can be avoided entirely so long as you plan to consume in moderation, and in a respectful manner. The rest can be avoided by simply talking to someone who knows the ins and outs of the industry. Talking to a dispensary owner, or someone else close to marijuana sales, may be able to help you navigate the complex laws and etiquette that govern recreational consumption, wherever you’re headed. The more information you can gather ahead of time, the better.

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