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Toke & Travel: Visit Seattle, Where Legal Weed Makes the Emerald City Even More Green

Plan the perfect vacation to Seattle and create everlasting memories that you will actually remember. With its Space Needle to Pike Place Market, the city is known for its coffee,  glass-blowing, and artsy excursions that will have you pondering reality. In this edition of Toke & Travel, we’re flying high over to Puget Sound.

Most commercial hotels in Washington remain smoke-free. Those that do allow smoking will mostly allow cigarettes, and sometimes vape pens. Marijuana users cannot consume in public or anywhere tobacco is prohibited. So where can visitors go to stay, sleep, and spark a joint?

The answer: Bed, Baked, and Beyond. This 1903 Victorian home has undergone renovations and offers many open areas for smoking. Travelers can toke up on the front porch or relax in the backyard by the fire pit. Or perhaps a field of daisies is more your style, which Bed, Baked and Beyond also offers. Guests staying at Bed, Baked, and Beyond will also have access to a “Pot-ting Shed,” an undercover potting shed turned smoking lounge. All smoking must be done outside.

The Bacon Mansion is a charming bed and breakfast located on Capitol Hill, two blocks from Broadway Business District and Volunteer Park. The historic Tudor-style mansion was built in 1909 and offers modern conveniences with a rustic touch. Like Bed, Baked, and Beyond, visitors can only smoke outside.

Inn Thrall is a secret sanctuary that offers an experience designed for couples and visitors to get in touch with their more lust-filled desires. This cannabis-friendly inn is an adult-only property with specialty suites and common areas. Guests have access to a hot tub, oasis and patio decorated with drapes and mood-setting fairy lights for an intimate ambiance. Smoking is allowed outdoors and in the hot tub. Breakfast is also available.

Travelers who prefer private quarters or vacationing with a large party can search for their home away from home using home-sharing rental apps to search for homes in the city. After you’ve set the travel dates, select “smoking allowed” along with whatever amenities you’re looking for.  

Get the Hookup

Locating a dispensary can be difficult if you’re unfamiliar with the area, but, lucky for travelers, Have a Heart has six locations throughout Washington. The Belltown storefront is located in Downtown Seattle and hosts vendor days with top names in the industry such as Artizen and Evergreen Herbal. Have a Heart gives back to the community and support local organizations including Twenty22Many, an advocacy group for veterans mental health.

Dockside Cannabis was named best pot shop by Seattle Weekly and has three retail locations in Seattle. The SoDo and Ballard locations are both medically endorsed recreational marijuana stores and offer a loyalty program that rewards members with discounts. Customers are free to use their no-fee ATM and browse through an extensive collection of top-name marijuana products.  

Herbn Elements carries a variety of high-quality cannabis products from brands including Phat Panda and From the Soil. The dispensary is medically endorsed and welcomes both medical patients and recreational users with valid ID. Visitors can go to the Herbn Elements website for a virtual tour or just swing by. The retail shop is located on Lake City Way in north Seattle.

The Pot Shop is a boutique marijuana retail store that is home to the original “Wake ’n Bake” special where all non-sale items are 10 percent before noon. The menu offers a wide variety of flower strains and concentrates. Customers can view each item’s test result on The Pot Shop’s website. The shop is located at Dexter Avenue and Hayes Street just west of Lake Union. Each product’s test results can be viewed online.

Be Prepared

Under Washington’s state law, adults 21 and older can purchase up to 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, of flower; up to 16 ounces, or 454 grams, of edibles; 72 fluid ounces, or 2.13 liters, of cannabis in liquid form; and 7 grams of concentrates.

Medical marijuana patients can purchase up to 3 ounces, or 85 grams, of usable marijuana; 48 ounces of marijuana, or 1.36 kilograms, in solid form; 216 fluid ounces, or 6.4 liters, of marijuana-infused liquids; or 21 grams of wax.

Consumers can carry cannabis in the car if it is sealed in a container or in the trunk. Driving under the influence is illegal, and so is consuming while a driver or passenger in a vehicle.

See the Sights

Celebrate cannabis at Washington’s annual Hempfest. The 27th annual Hempfest concluded Aug. 17-19, 2018. Plan your trip to attend the premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture and prepare for three days of live music, food, vendors, and more. Hempfest spans over three parks, Centennial, Myrtle Edwards, and Olympic Sculpture Parks. Admission is free, however, the suggested donation is $10.

Seattle, Washington Hempfest 2018. Photo by Hempfest Saff Photographer Rocky Grimes.

Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Seattle has the second-most glassmaking studios in the world per capita, according to Seattle Met — Murano, an island near Venice, Italy, is the first. So of course, the guide wouldn’t be complete without including Chihuly Garden and Glass. The exhibition includes eight galleries, a centerpiece glass house, and a lush garden anchored by four monumental sculptures that can be photographed.

Yogasmith Cannabis Yoga offers cannabis-enriched yoga classes the second Sunday of each month at, you guessed it, 4:20 p.m. Each class is about 1 1/2 hours and costs $25. Students are advised to come pre-elevated, and must reserve a spot before they attend the class. The studio is located on Airport Way just north of Boeing Field.

Experiences While Elevated

The Pacific Science Center next to the Space Needle brings science back to life with award-winning interactive programs that reach more than 1.1 million people each year and offers the ultimate IMAX experience, showcasing documentaries series and classic films. The Laser Dome at the Pacific Science Center is definitely one to experience when you’re lifted, the Laser Team has created a music festival-like experience that flashes lasers to different genres of today’s hottest songs.

Wake up the mind and body with a cup of coffee from Seattle Meowtropolitan in the Wallingford neighborhood. The cafe partners with the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) to provide a comfortable space where cats and humans can interact. The cafe has a coffee room and a separate cat lounge with up to 15 cats. You can even adopt them! If you want to hang out with some cool cats while you sip on caffeine, head over to the Seattle Meowtropolitan website to make a reservation.

Created in a competition to rehabilitate an area under the Aurora Bridge in 1989, The Fremont Troll was sculpted by Steve Badanes and has been featured in movies including “The Twilight Saga,” “Death Note,” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” Legend has it that troll sightings have been reported sightings underneath the bridge since 1932, and now a permanent troll sits under the bridge and welcomes pictures with fans.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Pier 54 on the waterfront brings an assortment of unique findings that will surely blow your mind. The shop contains oddities like a freak pig with eight legs, three eyes, three mouths, two tails, two noses, and two ears; as well as a creepy specimen referred to as “Mermaid.” Ye Olde Curiosity Shop has grown over the course of five generations and can only get more interesting as the years pass.

Higher times are waiting, so what are you waiting for? Get out of the storm cellar and take the yellow brick road down to the Emerald City to discover Seattle’s Technicolor scene. The city is full of friendly faces who are more than happy to guide you in the direction of lush greenery — and maybe every share some greenery and show you around. More sights to see? Share them with fellow travelers in the comments!

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