The Great American Weed: Best Cities to Legally Toke Up in the U.S.

With New York City becoming the 16th state to legally toke up in the U.S., we celebrate—from Colorado to Nevada—the best places where marijuana is legal.

NYC becomes the 15th state to legalize marijuana/cannabis

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NYC becomes the 15th state to legalize marijuana/cannabis

America’s legal-weed green rush is in full swing. As of March 2021, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has passed cannabis legislation making the Big Apple the 16th state in the country to make adult cannabis use legal. While the jury is still out on whether this will inspire President Joe Biden to make America green again across the board, the new about New York is exciting to say the least. Outside of politics, U.S. residents support marijuana law reform more than ever before. A new Gallup poll found 68% national support for legalization, with 420-friendly attitudes now crossing over into every age group, gender, religion, and political affiliation. 

With the addition of five new state-specific pot programs in 2020’s general election, South Dakota, Montana, New Jersey, and more will be able to spark up without fear of government retribution. Because those newly legal states still haven’t written rules and regulations for their local industries, it will take some time before you can treat Sioux City like Amsterdam. Still, there are plenty of places you can go to smoke in the meantime? 

While some states allow you to carry up to one ounce of marijuana on you, it is still illegal to smoke up or consume in public, in the company of children, or outside of your own home, depending on where you are, and the fines for doing so can be up to $500. In other words, don’t do that. Additionally, in many states recreational weed is legal, but others require a medical marijuana card to purchase. And no matter where you are, it’s illegal to drive while high. It’s always a good idea to ask a friend to be your DD before you light up.

As legal marijuana becomes more readily available, places like Colorado and Oregon have taken on a new life, allowing residents and visiting stoners to experience abstract art museums, outdoor sculpture gardens, ice cream shops, and hybrid comfort food pubs as they never have before. In honor of this cultural shift, here  are the 18 best cities—from Colorado to the now newly green-listed New York—to legally smoke weed in, with hot spots to keep you occupied and entertained when you’re high AF.  Just remember, laws are subject to change, so double-check the most up-to-date ordinances before you fire up the bong.

1. Anchorage, Alaska


2. Boston, Massachusetts

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3. Burlington, Vermont

Vermont, Montpelier, State Capitol.

4. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Skyline

5. Denver, Colorado

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6. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Skyline

7. Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City, New Jersey

8. Las Vegas, Nevada

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9. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles

10. New York City, New York

NYC becomes the 15th state to legalize marijuana/cannabis

After years of stalled attempts, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State have finally legalized adult usage of marijuana, becoming the 16th state in the country to do so. 

In quickly becoming the other mecca for all your favorite strains with no stress or seeds, cannabis users will be able to take quick advantage of some places that already cater to your inner Sativa savage. You can hop on a CitiBike with friends to MedMen, located on the illustrious Fifth Avenue near Bryant Park, and have your pre-roll party extravaganza there. Or if you’re looking for that exclusive exotic, you can tap in with Hawaii Mike and Chef for Higher for that private social club vibe.

11. Oakland, California

Oakland, California

12. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK

13. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

14. Portland, Maine

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15. Portland, Oregon

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16. Rainier, Oregon

Rainer, Oregon

17. San Francisco, California

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18. Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

19. Seattle, Washington

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20. Washington, D.C.

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