For a long time, the cannabis industry operated in the shadows of America. When cannabis was prohibited in all 50 states, entrepreneurial-minded cannabis enthusiasts did not have the freedoms that exist today.
That changed in 1996 when California became the first state to legalize cannabis for medical purposes, and with it, an industry.
Since 1996 many states have reformed their cannabis laws resulting in the growth of legal cannabis industries. With full legalization spreading across America, the cannabis industry is operating in the mainstream, and it has been fun watching the industry ideas and trends.
One trend that has been gaining in popularity in adult-use states is the proliferation of ‘bud and breakfasts.’ The concept is taken from the long established bed and breakfast model.
Bud and breakfasts are becoming a more common listing on sites like Airbnb. If you have not stayed at one, you should give it a try. Below are five reasons why staying at a bud and breakfast is a good idea.
#1) You can consume there in peace
The most obvious benefit of staying at a bud and breakfast is that you can consume cannabis without fear of getting kicked out and/or being on the wrong end of a law enforcement scenario.
Public consumption is illegal in every state, even those that have legalized cannabis for adult use. Until Denver or other areas implement social consumption reform, cannabis consumption inside businesses is illegal according to state clean air laws.
Combine those things with the fact that many hotels and rentals prohibit cannabis consumption even in private rooms, and it creates a situation in which consumption by travelers in a legal setting is nearly impossible. Staying at a bud and breakfast solves that issue.
#2) Reduces the need to do market research
If you do not live a legal state, you will likely be blown away by how many outlets there are in areas that allow cannabis retail outlets to operate.
It can get very overwhelming trying to find out which dispensary has the best deals on the best products. It’s virtually impossible to know exactly what you are getting from afar, and you won’t really know what is up for purchase until you arrive at your destination.
Staying at a bud and breakfast makes the process much easier, because in most cases the cannabis is supplied by the rental owner/operator, or they at least can give you a solid recommendation.
Rather than looking at pictures on the internet, or asking the Lyft driver on the way to your hotel where’s the best place to get the best deal, you can just ask the person in charge of the bud and breakfast what they are consuming and where they purchased it.
#3) Can be more affordable
The rates on bud and breakfast locations is competitive with ‘regular’ listings for the most part, but there are some listings that I have seen that are a little more expensive.
Bud and breakfasts that charge more tend to do so because the rental is always stocked with cannabis. In those cases, you will more than make up for the extra cost of the rental via the savings of either not needing to purchase cannabis, or needing to purchase less during your stay.
You will also save on travel expenses related to going to and from the dispensary, which can get costly if you are traveling to multiple locations.
#4) Stay with like-minded people
One of my favorite things about staying at a bud and breakfast is visiting with the rental operators and/or other travelers.
If someone is operating a bud and breakfast or staying at one, they are almost certainly a cannabis enthusiast.
It is rare to be on vacation and know ahead of time that you will be surrounded by people that you know you have at least one thing in common with.
You can swap stories with others, learn from their experiences, and/or teach others cannabis tips and tricks that you have learned over the years.
#5) Eliminates risk of DUI
A very, very important reason to stay at a bud and breakfast is that it eliminates the chances of getting a cannabis DUI, which is a serious matter that should be avoided at all costs.
If you are traveling to a legal state, you likely know the states possession limits, but you are likely not familiar with each state’s cannabis DUI laws.
Some states, such as Colorado and Washington, have a very low threshold for someone to receive a cannabis DUI.
If you are unfamiliar with an area, and have any amount of cannabis in your system, you run the risk of getting arrested for a cannabis DUI. Green Flower recommends staying at a bud and breakfast so that your vacation is a memorable one for the right reasons!