Jun 27, 2017 08:58AM ● Published by Stephanie Wilson
Montevideo //URUGUAY //
Starting as soon as July, select Uruguayan pharmacies will begin selling cannabis for adult use—the last step in a three-year process for legalizing consumption. In the meantime, there are legal cannabis clubs where registered members can go to consume. But to be a member, you have to be a citizen or long-term resident, so it’s not as easy to get your hands on elevating product in Uruguay as it is in Colorado. But Uruguayans are a generous set, and you won’t have too hard a time finding a local to share the spoils of their legal home grow with you.
Start your visit in the metropolitan capital, Montevideo. There, the Museo del Cannabis is a showcase of the country’s strong democratic roots and a celebration of its status as a vanguard of human rights and freedoms. The museum, which opened in 2016, also promotes the vision that cannabis is an economic driver that will allow Uruguay to develop new industries.
That’s something worth celebrating. And in Uruguay, the toniest place to raise a glass to newfound freedoms is Punta del Este, 80 miles east of the capital. The upscale resort town on the Atlantic coast calls to a jet-set crowd of global travelers, and you can rub elbows with them at Casapueblo, the “living-sculpture” of a hotel that’s been called a manmade wonder of South America. The undulating property, crafted by artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, hugs a cliff-fringed coastline dotted with powdery golden beaches. Its terraces are where you want to be as the sun starts to set on a day spent hopping the sands of La Barra and shopping the stalls that brim with handmade jewelry and hand-woven wool shawls in Hippie Market.
Barcelona //SPAIN //
But these discrete private smokers clubs aren’t marked with that recognizable green cross symbol that’s on the dispensary storefronts in Colorado. It takes some sleuthing to find them and a membership fee to gain entry to them. But once you do get in, you’ll be able to consume as much of the local cannabis as you want inside the club.
Just don’t spend too much time there. In even the most unaltered state of mind, Barcelona is like walking through a dream. From the fabled modernista architecture to the twisting alleys of the Gothic Quarter, from the carnival-like promenade of La Rambla to the fantasy excesses of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família, the sun-drenched seaside city plays with your senses, all but demanding a visceral response. At the city’s myriad museums, Barcelona’s enchanting influence is visible in works by artists like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miró.
One thing Cambodia features that most places don’t—and this includes evergreen Colorado—are “happy restaurants.” These restaurants, mainly located in Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh, cook up THC-infused edible dishes composed of local cuisines. “Happy stir fry,” “happy pizza,” “happy noodles”—they’re all over the place. You can even order cannabis as a garnish for your meal.
After your THC-laden meal kicks in, check out Cambodia’s sites. The crème-de-la-crème of Cambodia’s world famous Apsara dancers can be found at special public events by the Royal Ballet. These dances include skilled contortionists in ornate golden garbs, with trippy movements guaranteed to stun even the most jaded Western minds. If you can’t catch the Royal Ballet, the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh and notable temples hold Apsara performances as well.
Cambodia also contains no shortage of awe-inspiring Buddhist and Hindu temples. These intricate, complex structures are some of the oldest religious buildings in the world, and they draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Must-sees include Angkor Wat for pure grandiosity, Angkor Thom if you’d like to stroll through an ancient city, and Bayon the “happy temple,” decorated with thousands of statues featuring smiling faces.