The 411 on 420 Tourism in Boston

July 19, 2023

With more states legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational consumption, marijuana has become a lot less taboo across the country. As a result, a growing number of consumers are trying out products like flower, vapes, concentrates, edibles,
and more to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy their leisure time. It’s no surprise, then, that plenty of people are interested in the prospect of cannabis tourism, or travel that allows for the inclusion of marijuana products. Those traveling to Boston will find it’s a city supportive of this type of tourism. What are the rules regarding cannabis use, and what options are available to visitors?

A Few Notes on Purchasing, Possession, and Public Consumption

You must be 21 or over to legally purchase or consume marijuana in Massachusetts. You will need a legal ID (driver’s license, state ID, etc.) for purchases, but you do not have to be a resident of the state to buy from recreational dispensaries. That said, only
residents are eligible to purchase medical marijuana. You may possess up to one ounce of flower or up to five grams of concentrate on your person, but consumption in public is prohibited, which means you must wait until you’re on private property to consume your products. It remains illegal to transport marijuana across state lines, and it is not allowed on federal lands (i.e., national parks and so on).

Weed Friendly Lodgings

When you travel to the Boston area, whether you’re already a Massachusetts resident or you’re visiting from another state or country, chances are you’ll need to find lodgings. If you’re a fan of cannabis and planning to partake of a toke or two, you may want to look for options that are cannabis friendly. While you probably won’t find what you’re looking for on Kayak or Airbnb, you may be surprised to learn there are canna-centric booking sites. Bud and Breakfast is a great option to explore when seeking cannabis-friendly lodgings. Connected businesses include traditional lodgings like inns and B&Bs but also private
rooms and houses, akin to an Airbnb or VRBO situation. The level of cannabis accommodations varies depending on the property. Some merely provide information on nearby dispensaries, while others provide accommodations or structures on the property where cannabis consumption is allowed (indoor/outdoor areas, cannabis shed, etc.). Some provide a gift basket of local cannabis products for guests on arrival as part of the lodging package or offer a “happy hour” for guests to gather and partake. With some
research, you can find cannabis-friendly accommodations that are just right for you or your travel party.

Cannabis Lounges and Events

While finding cannabis-friendly lodgings is a great way to relax on vacation or pre-game before you head out for adventures in and around the city, you may also want to enjoy a more social atmosphere. There are a couple of options to explore. Massachusetts currently has only one cannabis club, The Summit Lounge, and unfortunately, it’s a members-only smoking club located in Worcester, about 50 miles from Boston. A great alternative is to look for private events like dinners, “high teas,” or conventions that feature a cannabis component. The HighLifeStyleShow music and cannabis festival, held annually in Boxboro (just 33 miles from Boston), offers a great reason for cannabis enthusiasts to plan a trip to the Boston area.

Cannabis Tours
Boston is home to some truly spectacular tours, from official Freedom Trail tours and historic pub crawls to hop-on/hop-off city view and Old Town trolley tours to whale watching cruises at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and more. Cannasseurs looking to learn more about the city’s cannabis culture and facilities are sure to enjoy cannabis sightseeing tours for private parties and mixed groups. Wine, beer, and cannabis are permitted on the tour, and guides will inform you when and
where consumption is appropriate.

Finding Recreational Products
If you’re visiting Boston from out of state, you won’t be allowed to bring cannabis with you, but you are allowed to make purchases from local recreational dispensaries. Even if you live in Massachusetts, you may be looking to sample some local bud, so be sure to check out Pure Oasis! We are a locally owned and operated dispensary carrying a wide range of strains and product types, and have a team of friendly and knowledgeable professionals ready to help you find the perfect products for your needs and preferences. This is the best way to enjoy your cannabis vacation in Boston.

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