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Top Five Marijuana Friendly Cities In The United States

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weed cityHere are our top five 420-friendly communities in America

 

By David Jenison of Culture Magazine

 

Even as the Dutch right-wingers get ready to shut down tourist access to Amsterdam’s famed coffeeshops, many progressive U.S. cities are moving in the opposite direction. Medical marijuana is now commonplace in several major cities, and it didn’t even set off Armageddon (sorry Rev. Camping). While it’s unlikely that Dutch-style coffeeshops will pop up anytime soon, the U.S. certainly has its share of budding cities. Olympia has the Oly 420 Cup, Boston boasts an annual HempFest, Vermont’s got the incredibly awesome Super Troopers movie and the Cannabis Café in Portland might just be the nation’s first smoke-in dispensary. There are countless cities worth mentioning, but with apologies to the East coast, these are CULTURE’s picks for the Top 5 American Amsterdams.

 

5. Los Angeles

Snoop Dogg. Cypress Hill. Kottonmouth Kings. Afroman. The Chronic. Is there another city on Earth with so many iconic, cannabis-touting music acts? Alanis Morissette might only be an adopted Angeleno, but she is arguably the highest profile female advocate for legalization. It’s even the storyline location for the first three seasons of Weeds. Above all, L.A. County reportedly has the highest concentration of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

 

4. Maui, Hawaii

Did you know that Hawaii has the lowest arrest rate per capita for U.S. marijuana offenses? The Aloha State naturally embraces medical marijuana, legalizing it in 2000, and it’s home to the THC Ministry church “where spirit and science meet human needs.” Sure, Maui is not a city, but the whole island deserves credit for its world famous Maui Waui.

 

3. Fairbanks, Alaska

Ever watch Alaska’s ex-governor and wonder what she’s been smoking? Well, the possibilities are many since the State Supreme Court made two ounces of marijuana legal for in-home use with the Ravin v. State ruling of 1975. Despite legal wrangling since, cannabis users are still generally free to smoke and grow on their personal property. Anchorage is closer to the Matanuska Valley, home of the almighty Alaskan ThunderFuck strain, but Fairbanks is the best city for smokers to watch the Aurora Borealis. And whatever you think of Mama Grizzly, you got to love anyone with a grandson named Tripp.

 

2. Oakland

San Francisco has Hippie Hill, Eureka claims Humboldt County and Berkeley boasts Green Day, but Oakland got the NorCal nod for its infamous Oaksterdam district. Located in the north end of downtown, the area features several green-friendly cafes, clubs, dispensaries and even a university for training the next generation of medical marijuana professionals. Want to try medicated peanut brittle? This is the place!

 

1. Denver

You got to love a town that names its basketball team the Nuggets! Still, the capital city takes the pole position for becoming the first U.S. city to legalize marijuana use. That’s right, they voted to legalize all marijuana use, not just medical. State law supersedes local law, but there’s currently a drive to get statewide legalization on next year’s ballot. Likewise, the nearby University of Colorado is Playboy’s reining No. 1 party school. What earned the school such an honor? The magazine credited the first-place ranking to the campus’ annual 420 smoke-outs, which regularly draw up to half of the school’s 24,000 undergrads. Add in the South Park guys, Carmelo Anthony’s pot bust and a thriving jam band scene, and Denver proves it truly is the Mile High City!

 

ROTTEN APPLE

One cannabis-unfriendly city to definitely consider keeping at arm’s length is New York City. Why? It’s the marijuana arrest capital of the world, clocking in a stunning 400,000 arrests for minor possession charges between 1997 and 2007. Kurt Russell had it right–escape from New York!

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51 Comments

  1. Friendly advice, maybe being a drug dealer and posting all your information online isn’t the brightest idea

  2. This doesn’t make sense. If Alaska, legalized MMJ, and cops enforce the law, then why are they hassling you for something that is legal in the state of Alaska? What laws are you being accused of breaking if MMJ is legal?

  3. Having a Southern California city is quite stupid, and having Oakland in stead of San Francisco is also stupid, so overall a quite stupid list

  4. What you say is consistent with what I have observed in NYC. Once I was walking down some street. A black dude standing on a corner sold me a dime and almost immediately undercover cops jumped on him as if he was a murderer. They ignored me and I walked away with the dime as if nothing had happened.

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  8. I moved from the West Coast states to the South East area for work a decade ago. Now I am stuck here and I hate this swamp asz state. Humidity, bugs, inbred racists and felony possession for anything – even trace amounts. How I envy those that have easy access. The chances of cannabis ever being legalized here are about the same as a snowballs chance in heII. Stupidity reigns supreme in the SE.

  9. Adam Scratch Harris on

    I really think Seattle, WA should be in the top 2. First its home of Hempfest, Second it was also with Colorado in being the first states to legalize Weed only within an hour right? I know for a fact weed on the streets of seattle is everyday life nobody really makes it a big deal unless your smokin to close to someone or a doorway your usualy asked to just move away a bit. I do suggest not buying weed from people on the streets yes it looks very good and it is very good but they sell the tinyest bags. so just bring your own weed! Surrounding areas of Seattle including the peninsulla are some of the most stoner weed friendly places you can find very easy to find some fantastic bud at damn good prices, exceppt down in the streets of seattle haha

  10. kind of insane Humboldt County Ca isn’t on the list – way more friendly than LA…

  11. the cops suck because they enforce the law?
    I fully support the legalization of pot but I would never fault the police for doing their job.

  12. immediatly leave florida and move to
    mass, maine, colorado or washington
    under 20 grams (.7 ounces) is a misdemeanor and over that amount is an instant felony.

  13. I live in the mountains of colorado and i absolutly love it in my opinion this is the best state to live in it has a litle bit of everything.

  14. I am here in nw florida and I am moving to sw florida maybe around punta gorda or further south. truthfully, I have a camper van and just looking for a more open minded and relaxing area to spend some time. so saying that I will be new to the area and looking for someone with some knowledge on the friendliest 420 area to stay and meet some good people.

  15. Ohh BTW Alaska was the first to Legalize MMJ and they have more people Locked up per capita than all of the US dont be fooled the People in Alaska are Pot Friendly, the State of Alaska and the Police ARE NOT

  16. Im from Fairbanks the Cops are NAZI’s when it comes to any thing pot related sure you wont do time for it but they will come into you’re home rip out all you’re plants confiscate every thing related to growing and make you hire a high priced Lawyer to get any thing back (wich take 13-22 month from what i have discovered) now once you finaly make it to court the charges will be dismissed but by then you’re name will be drug all over the papper every one knows “you’re the pot grower” hell you will get you’re picture taken you will get you’re finger printed. But i will say this the Pot growers up there(mostly the older growers) know there shit theres a reason why Northern lights no5 Matnuska thunderfuck(what Alaskans call it) and Blueberry came from here and the fact that 95% of all growing in Alaska has been done indoors They know there Shit. But COPS IN FAIRBANKS SUCK and im friends with a few

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