It’s summertime! What are the best activities for adventurous stoners this glorious time of year? - Julie August

Woot woot! The beauty of weed is that it enhances a lot of the things you would do during the summer anyway. Cookout? Perfect time for a fat lazy blunt and some cannabis-infused garlic butter on your grilled corn. Going for a hike? A nice edible will smooth you right out. And maybe some sort of CBD afterward to help with the aches and pains. County fair? Get high in the parking lot, because I’m not sure there are any fairgrounds that allow cannabis onsite.

But listen: Folks have been smoking weed in the parking lot of the county fair since the invention of parking lots and county fairs, so as long as you are discreet, you should have no problems. A pleasant weed buzz will put you in a perfect mood to judge the table-setting competition and stare at fancy chickens. Plus, having the munchies makes all that deep-fried food taste even better.

Also: road trips! Weed is now legal from San Diego, California to Bellingham, Washington. Roll up the coast and hit all the dispensaries along the way. You could even go north to Vancouver and enjoy some legal Canadian weed. Hell, if you have the time and inclination, drive up the Al-Can highway and try some Alaskan weed.

Be careful at the international borders because the Border Patrol is kinda strict – and cross-border transport remains prohibited, even between jurisdictions where it’s legal. But the beauty of it is that you no longer have to carry weed with you – you can get it at the store.

And an important road trip reminder: no smoking and driving. You can get a DUI for driving under the influence of cannabis. Be safe.

You might also plan to hit any of the various cannabis conferences and festivals all over the country. Some highlights: The Seattle Hempfest is always a blast. HighTimes is throwing Reggae on The River this year. There’s even a golf tournament in Roslyn, Washington at the end of August. Check out for a great events calendar.

Weed and summertime go together like… weed and summertime. There is no wrong way to do it. Just remember to obey local ordinances, stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes and apply sunscreen.


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