Why Detroit is the Next Budding Destination for Cannabis Tourism

Modified: May 09, 2023 | Story by Bryan Shelmon

Detroit is next in line to join a list of top Cannabis Tourism destinations in the US—which include Los Angeles, Denver, and Las Vegas. But what makes our city a budding destination for cannabis lovers? Thanks to legalization efforts and the city’s entrepreneurial spirit, the Motor City is a driving force for new and innovative ways to consume and experience marijuana on your next visit.

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Legalization Sparks New Era for Cannabis in Detroit

Michigan is experiencing a ‘Green Rush’ ever since legalizing marijuana back in 2018. And while different cities have gradually rolled out laws around the sale and use of cannabis, Detroit is the latest to make headlines as of 2023. Recreational weed is now legal citywide, ushering in a new era of weed. Here are some important things to know about marijuana in Detroit:

In-state and Out-of-state adults aged 21+ with a valid state-issued ID can purchase marijuana at licensed recreational dispensaries

You can have up to 2.5 oz of marijuana on you (up to 10oz in your home)

Smoking in public is prohibited

Do NOT travel with marijuana in the airport or across state lines

Where to Buy Weed in Detroit

Load up WeedMaps or the Leafly App and dispensaries nearly cover the entire city map. Even driving around and you’ll undoubtedly see weed dispensary billboards set against the Detroit skyline letting you know that your next smoke session is closer than you think! Detroit is one of the most convenient places to buy cannabis with more than 100 locations to choose from. You can access retail dispensary storefronts, pop-up trucks, and even delivery services!

Some of the top-rated dispensaries are:

Adults can use a valid state-issued ID, like your driver’s license, to enter recreational dispensaries and shop for various cannabis products. Keep in mind that medical marijuana dispensaries still require a valid medical marijuana card.

If you’re shopping for cannabis in Detroit, look out for daily specials and deals for first-time visitors.


Getting High in Detroit—Where can you legally smoke?

Before you walk out of a dispensary and light up your pre-roll, think about where you’re smoking! Marijuana has taken a major step into public visibility in Detroit with shops and billboards, however smoking in public is still not allowed. Luckily, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy consuming cannabis without the paranoia of trying to sneak and smoke.

The most common place to consume cannabis products is in a private residence. Smoking at home lets you enjoy your high in peace in a space you feel most comfortable. If you’re visiting Detroit, be sure to check the policies for short-term rentals and Airbnbs before—it varies at the discretion of the property owner. Smoking in hotels is also at the discretion of each hotel. Consider getting a hotel room with a private balcony and inquire about policies before consuming anything on the property.

A unique way to experience cannabis in Detroit is at the 420-friendly Copper House Bed & Breakfast. It’s a progressive accommodation that lets its guests enjoy smoking onsite—they even provide you with everything you need, like a copper bong and copper ashtrays! If you’re not a guest, check out one of their community events open to the public to come and mingle with other Detroit tokers!

Cannabis lounges are the newest trend soon to bud throughout the Motor City. Hot Box Social is a pioneer for the concept of a social club that allows its members to come and enjoy smoking in a private lounge atmosphere. Enjoy a solo smoke session or join one of their curated cannabis experiences with friends.

Detroiters have long advocated for the legalization of marijuana and the thriving community is an excellent example of the enthusiasm over the city’s progress towards being a weed-friendly destination. Events are popping up all over town to bring locals and visitors together to enjoy the flowers we cherish so much!

Plan your next trip to Detroit around one of its many cannabis events to immerse yourself in the community! A few popular events that already have a buzz are the High Times Cannabis Cup, the 420 Cannabis Music Festival, and the Weed Bar Awards. Mark your calendars because these events are an experience you surely don’t want to forget about!

The Michigan cannabis industry is constantly changing and we’ll keep you up-to-date on everything you need to know about regulations, dispensaries, products, events, and more!

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