ELLE (Australia) - - Fiction -

If it seems like pot is ev­ery­where right now, you’re not hal­lu­ci­nat­ing – it is. Thanks to 420-en­thu­si­ast celebs such as Cara Delev­ingne, Jen­nifer Lawrence, Ri­hanna, Kris­ten Ste­wart, Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Lady Gaga, mar­i­juana is now the cool-girl vice of choice. As a re­sult, weed para­pher­na­lia is step­ping up in style – and tak­ing our ob­ses­sion with any­thing crys­tal and ce­ramic to a new high. Case in point: the Plea­sure Point pipe (above), which also man­ages to look pretty chic on your bed­side ta­ble.

With le­gal­i­sa­tion drift­ing across the US, Europe and soon Canada, “can­na­tourism” – smoke-friendly des­ti­na­tions that give a whole new mean­ing to a “re­laxed” hol­i­day – is also at an all-time high. Since le­gal­is­ing the bud, mar­i­juana-tourism searches went up by 299 per cent in Cal­i­for­nia, 576 per cent in Maine and a huge 1,006 per cent in Mas­sachusetts, ac­cord­ing to Kush Tourism, one of the many travel com­pa­nies (oth­ers in­clude Bud And Break­fast and Canna Tours) spe­cial­is­ing in 420-cen­tric stays. Jump­ing on the back of this, the blue­print for Amer­ica’s first “pot par­adise” has been laid by Amer­i­can Green, which has pur­chased the gold rush desert town of Nip­ton, Cal­i­for­nia, in­tend­ing to turn it into a smokin’ green tourism des­ti­na­tion of­fer­ing Thc-driven temp­ta­tions for food­ies and a bustling hos­pi­tal­ity scene.

The com­pany is com­par­ing the rise in can­na­tourism to the ear­ly1900s boom that put Nip­ton on the map. “The cannabis rev­o­lu­tion in the US has the power to re­vi­talise com­mu­ni­ties in the same way gold did dur­ing the 19th cen­tury,” says Amer­i­can Green’s pres­i­dent and CEO David Gwyther. While not all coun­tries have made recre­ational use le­gal, many, like Ja­maica, have de­crim­i­nalised the drug and are also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a new wave of blunt-chas­ing tourists. From Spain to Uruguay to Por­tu­gal, it’s never been eas­ier to wake and bake with room-ser­vice munchies at your fin­ger­tips.

Plea­sure Point pipe, $203, Sum­mer­land, wel­come­to­sum­

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