Yes, pot tourism is officially a thing. And yes, pot tourism is officially a clusterfuck.
With Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC (and more on the way) all legal for recreational marijuana, ambitious tour operators are planting the seeds for a Napa Valley-esque future of fun. State tourism agencies have yet to acknowledge the budding industry, but it's still an obvious new draw for out-of-state visitors.
As of late, the industry is making headlines for an increase in marijuana-related ER visits. Hotels have strict anti-smoking rules. Smoking anywhere in public is illegal. The coffee shops you've seen in the Netherlands are nonexistent. Basically, it feels like you can buy it, but you can't smoke it. Anywhere.
So before you book your ticket to the promised land, here’s a how-to just for marijuana tourists.