Since President Obama and Raul Castro became “frenemies” last April, there has been a huge surge of Americans traveling to Cuba to experience of all the Cuban things Americans haven’t had access to for almost 60 years. Things like premium coffee, cigars, tropical weather, beautiful beaches, and classic cars. However, if there is one thing Americans should not be seeking in Cuba, it is cannabis.
For decades the Castro regime banned anything they considered a social detriment. As a result, the pot scene in Cuba is super underground. The police force is notorious for scrutinizing foreigners who could be engaging in vices like cannabis. If caught, possession can get you 10 years in prison. Cuban prison.
In fact, to give you an idea of how serious the Cuban government is about control within the country, two new laws have recently been enacted. One is that Cuban citizens must avoid tourists totally, but if they do have contact they must report it. Secondly, any tourist heard condemning the government must also be reported.
If you are desperate enough for some bud, there are certain neighborhoods that you’ll find it, but it will be super sketchy and the chances of your new “homies” actually being undercover cops is a possibility. Also, despite the fact that everything else in Cuba might be cheaper than the U.S., that is not the case for cannabis. Prices are high because of what is at risk–it has to be profitable.
Not to mention, if you’re going to do a decade in what is probably like a level in Dante’s Inferno and pay top dollar, it better be for the most unbelievable cannabis you have ever smoked. But, in Cuba, that is also incredibly unlikely. There aren’t any unique Cuban cannabis strains, and cultivators are under the constant threat of the police so growing is difficult.
Bottom line, if you want to smoke world-class cigars on the beach in the sun, then a Cuban excursion is a great idea. On the other hand, if you want to smoke world-class blunts and you don’t mind being landlocked, then a Colorado cannabis vacation is your jam.
In fact, if you want literally polar opposite experiences, go to Cuba and then go to Denver, Colorado. It will feel like you have transported yourself to a different planet. Colorado is incredibly fortunate to have crossed out of the cannabis prohibition phase of history and into the full-blown cannabis revolution. The 4th Annual World Cannabis Week is the absolute best demonstration of the enormous sophisticated Cannabis Industry that has evolved from the 2012 legalization of cannabis. During World Cannabis Week you can legally ride around hot boxing a luxury limo bus with all of your friends. The bus will take you to dispensaries, concerts, the 420 Rally, 420 Bazaar, cultivation facilities, parties, and more.
Overall, if you’re going to leave the country for a foreign, cultural, beach filled vacation, be my guest. If you want to experience a once in a lifetime legal and relaxing cannabis vacation, look no further than Denver, Colorado.