Global Reefer Getaways
Marrakesh is the center of a North African hashish trade older than the United States. Tribal farmers in the Rif Mountains have cultivated cannabis for more than a thousand years, producing the potent Moroccan hash of legend.
Cannabis is still illegal here, with possible prison sentences of up to a decade—but if you’re a tourist, you’ll have to go out of your way to attract police attention. You won’t long for the attention of dealers, though, who will brazenly approach you right on the street.
Montevideo is the capital of the tiny South American nation that became the first in the world to legalize cannabis back in 2013. Now there are growers’ clubs that can cultivate as many as 99 plants for their 45 members, with each member receiving up to 40 grams per month.
Legal residents age 18 and older can grow up to six plants at home and harvest up to 480 grams. And starting this year, legal residents can also go into a pharmacy and buy up to 40 grams a month of three government-grown strains for a little over $1 per gram. The key is knowing a legal resident.
Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington is the home of MardiGrass, a huge festival that takes place on the first full weekend of May. The town’s New Age vibe and the openly tolerated sale and use of cannabis make Nimbin an oasis in New South Wales, an otherwise harsh state where possessing anything more than 15 grams can subject you to criminal penalties. (Most other states and territories in Australia have decriminalization or interventions for amounts up to 50 grams.)