In this week’s edition of Toke and Travel, we’re heading to the city of angels: Los Angeles, California.
Birthplace of Hollywood and home to fabulous architecture and landscapes, Los Angeles is a creative melting pot with a diverse and bustling art, music and culinary scene. With so much to do, it’s no wonder nearly 4 million people choose to call the City of Angels home. So let’s put our walking shoes on and do L.A. like a local.
Lights, camera, action!
Rest Your Head
As you explore all that Los Angeles has to offer, you may encounter musicians passing mixtapes at Venice Beach or costumed sidewalk characters on Hollywood Boulevard, but what you won’t see is anyone smoking weed in public.
Sure, recreational marijuana is now legal in California, but public consumption remains illegal. California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) mandates that cannabis is consumed in a private space. Cannabis consumption in a business is prohibited unless the business has a commercial cannabis consumption license. This stipulation leaves out-of-state visitors hanging not high and dry after a cannabis purchase.
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t have all the comforts of home. Search for lush and lavish L.A. homes on popular short-term rental apps for temporary lodging. While browsing, remember to review the filters and select “smoking allowed” to ensure you reserve a property that allows smoking, because nothing ruins a vacation faster than surprise fees and fines. Once you’ve narrowed your search to 420-friendly homes, book your dates and start your vacation countdown.
Get the Hookup
The City of Angels keeps the angels flying high with high-quality designer kush from TLC. Located on the edge of downtown Los Angeles, TLC is one of the 135 dispensaries permitted to remain in business after voters approved city ordinance Measure D in 2013. TLC is also home to Jungle Boys, one of the leading SoCal cannabis brands. The shelves are stocked with the name-brand flowers and concentrates in a variety of strains, including Strawberry Shortcake, Mimosa #14, and Gelato #33.
While you’re in town, check out TLC’s sister shop, Los Angeles Farmer (formerly AHPS). Both retail shops carry Jungle Boys products and welcome medical marijuana and recreational consumers age 21 and over.
Cruise down Melrose Avenue and re-up on fresh greens at Mary Jane’s Hollywood, a full integrated seed-to-patient dispensary that is open to medical marijuana patients and adult users.
Eliminate your wait and skip the line when you pre-order your products on Weedmaps. At pickup, customers will need a state-issued ID or driver’s license to verify the name on the order.
Recreational cannabis consumers can possess up to 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, of cannabis, or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis. Medical marijuana patients and caregivers can possess and transport up to 8 ounces of dried cannabis or concentrates, and up to six mature plants or 12 immature plants.
Purchases on recreational cannabis products are subject to a 15 percent cannabis excise tax, an 8 to 10 percent excise tax, and a 7.25 to 11 percent sales and use tax. Medical marijuana patients are subjected to a 15 percent cannabis excise tase and 8 to 10 percent city tax.
See the Sights
Venice Beach is a must-see destination for travelers who want to absorb the SoCal culture. The Venice Beach Boardwalk brings the bohemian spirit to the shore and offers many sights to see. Want to squeeze in a quick workout before flexing? Stop by the world-famous Muscle Beach and explore the outdoor gym, or slip on a pair of wheels and bounce from ramp to ramp at the skate park nearby.
If that’s not enough, the street performers will catch your attention with their acrobatic skills or maybe there’s a painter flipping his canvas while splashing paint. If you want to get geographically high, we recommend checking out the Hotel Erwin’s High Rooftop Lounge, a water-view rooftop lounge.
Malibu is a beach city that is home to some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities and equally dazzling hiking trails including the Grotto Trail and Escondido Falls. Both trails are great for hikers of all experience and deliver a rewarding waterfall view. Visitors can also sign up for wine tours, tandem flights for a birds’-eye view of the city, or simply spend time at the beach under the California sun.
Enjoy the City of Angels from the 69th and 70th floors of the US Bank Tower’s OUE Skyspace. Located in the city’s financial district, the skyscraper’s open-to-the-public portion is nearly 1,000 feet above Los Angeles and offers panoramic views of the city and occasional yoga classes. Visitors have the option to lounge and learn about the tower, which until the 2017 opening of the nearby Wilshire Grand Center was the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles, or take a ride down the 45-foot, fully enclosed glass Skyslide. During the day, you’ll be able to see the freeways stretching to the ocean, use telescopes to zoom in on the Hollywood Hills and maybe wave to a helicopter pilot. At night, the horizon fills with an endless, and endlessly romantic, city of lights.
Experiences While Elevated
Inspired by the coffeeshops in Amsterdam, Wake and Bake is located in the NoHo Arts District in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of North Hollywood. The shop has created a unique experience that brings people together and integrates coffee into cannabis culture. Wake and Bake hosts events such as silent disco, comedy shows, theatrical plays, and events featuring some of the best musicians in the world. Wake and Bake customers may purchase a day pass, or sign up to be a gold member and receive discounts and exclusive offers. A portion of membership proceeds goes to the YMCA.
Visitors can maximize their California visit with an LA Hemp Tour that transports guests in a bud-friendly tour bus. A variety of packages focus on weed and wine, bud and beer, and private tours that allow travelers to create their own itinerary. Each tour offers a VIP dispensary experience and exclusive discounts on top cannabis products from well-established marijuana retail stores. The luxury-limo party bus has custom party seating, disco lights, Bluetooth connectivity, flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, and illuminated cup holders. Snacks and beverages are also included, as well as an LA Hemp Tours T-shirt.
Los Angeles is full of glitz, glitter, glam, and of course, greens. The city is densely populated, to say the least, and no matter where you turn, you’ll most likely spot attractions wedged between posh businesses or even catch a photo op with a famous celebrity. Be sure to bring sunscreen with your THC (you don’t want to burn up while burning up).
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