In 2014, the first two states to legalize the recreational use of cannabis were Washington and Colorado. That same year, both the Seattle Seahawks (Washington) and the Denver Broncos (Colorado) played in Super Bowl XLVIII. Coincidence? We think not.
Since legalization, you can now routinely smell wafts of that sticky sweet stuff as you're walking down the street in Seattle. Unfortunately, Seattle isn't as together as, say, Amsterdam. Seattle has dispensaries where you can purchase the green, but you can't smell it before you buy. It's all pre-packaged. And sadly there are no smoking cafes or lounges due to current laws.
That said, you can take a tour and get the full scoop on the cannabis industry in Seattle. Kush Tourism offers the Kush Tour which visits a grow operation, has glass blowing demonstrations, and visits an edibles specialists or an extraction lab.
If you're a cannabis fan and thinking of visiting Seattle, you don't want to miss Hempfest. Hosted annually since 1991, Hempfest is a free massive political protest rally, concert, and arts and crafts fair celebrating cannabis. You’ll be able to listen to music, discussions, and speakers. Browse hemp products and arts and crafts. Mark your calendar for the third weekend in August (Friday to Sunday) for this free three-day event.
A few notes on the legalities:
- You need to be 21 and over to purchase and possess cannabis legally (Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board).
- It's technically not legal to smoke in public.
- Some hotels have rules about no cannabis smoking, even in smoking rooms.
- Don't forget your identification to visit a dispensary.
- Bring cash, as some dispensaries are cash only.
A few centrally located dispensaries:
Belltown (near City Hostel Seattle and Pike Place Market)
Have a Heart — 115 Blanchard St. Seattle, WA 98121
Herban Legends — 55 Bell St, Seattle WA 98121
Uncle Ike's — 501 15th Ave E | Seattle, WA 98112
Fremont (near Hotel Hotel Hostel)
Hashtag Cannabis — 3540 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103