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Don’t let cannabis ruin your vacation. Here’s how to travel without it

And maybe get lucky at your destination

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    For me, there is no greater pleasure in life than travel — arriving in a new place to take it all in.

    But there is usually caveat for me, if the new place I am going to doesn’t have legal cannabis ready and available – it can be a less enjoyable experience. I love recreational cannabis; I use it for relaxing and winding down with friends. But there is a more pressing issue at play. I also use medical cannabis as a digestive aid and pain killer, and that’s when travelling without it starts to get a little tricky.

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    Will I still travel? Of course! This week, for example, two of my closest friends are getting married in Belize. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. So, how will I cope? Will I find weed in Belize? Here’s my plan.

    Know the laws

    First, it’s important to know the cannabis laws of the country you are travelling to. Coming from Canada, it’s easy to forget that some country’s drug laws are strict and can result in mandatory prison times. If this is the case, please just stay completely away from it. That’s what I would do.


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    Luckily for me, cannabis is decriminalized in Belize. And while growing, selling, buying and transporting is still illegal, an individual can possess up to 10 g of dried flower on private property.

    But that doesn’t mean it’s without any risks. Because I’ll be staying at hotels, I won’t be on private property. Not all hotels are cool with people using cannabis on the premises, and in some cases could call the police or kick you out. So it’s important to be cautious, even in a decriminalized atmosphere.

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    Hit the forums

    Between Reddit,,, Wikipedia and social media, there is a ton of information online about cannabis in Belize.

    Most people say talking to their cab driver is the best bet; others made friends with people at a bar, buying them drinks in exchange for a little pot. Once you’ve read enough stories from enough people, patterns and locations start to emerge that give you a pretty clear picture of your chances of scoring while on vacay.

    Searching for weed is like searching for love; it will find you when you are not looking for it.

    Prepare for a cannabis-free scenario

    I am not going to ruin my vacation by making it all about weed. I have done this before, where I have it set in my mind that I need to find weed before I do anything else, and that did not work out well (I asked literally hundreds of people and wasted my day).


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    Searching for weed is like searching for love; it will find you when you are not looking for it. By recognizing that I may have to go without any cannabis for the entire duration of my trip is the best way to focus on cool things that I will do.

    I know I’ll enjoy some beer, maybe a shot or two. I’ll read a book, go for a walk, listen to music and take a swim – all things that also relax me. I’ll also bring some digestive aids that don’t work as well as cannabis, but will help. If you use cannabis for medical reasons, try researching some interim options while travelling.

    Manage your weed-spectations

    Almost everything I read online about weed in Belize leads me to believe that if I do end up finding any, it will not be what I am used to smoking here in Canada. “Not worth your time,” says one site; “Seeds and sticks for the most part,” reads another.

    Not only does the weed sound bad, it sounds expensive. When travelling, I’m willing to up my weed budget to ridiculous levels. In order to avoid awkwardness and bartering and anxiety, I will pay just about anything for a few grams of schwag — but it’s good to know what to expect.

    Let it happen naturally

    I am not going to waste any time hunting for cannabis in Belize. But if it makes an appearance, I will happily procure some.

    Why? Actively searching for cannabis isn’t just a time-waste — it can be dangerous in an unfamiliar place. Once, in Montreal pre-legalization, I was so desperate for weed I followed a guy down a dark alley, gave him $60 and waited there (with his jacket as collateral) for him to come back. Newsflash: he did not come back. But I am grateful for losing that $60 – it could have been much worse.

    And maybe get lucky at your destination