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When I think of marijuana tourism I am often reminded of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, which is probably what most people think of. However, in the neighboring country of Denmark, there is a vastly unknown counter culture village where marijuana and hash are sold openly on the street. It is located in Copenhagen and is known to westerners as Christiania, it can easily be accessed by getting off the Metro at the Christianshavns station. For more information on Christiania, check out our Bevar Christiania post. It is always nice to visit somewhere new in the summer when there is much more to do outside, however we highly recommend going around Chritsmas and New Years when the city is lit up and decorated in holiday mode. It was bitter cold when we were there, but quite the experience. If you have the time check out the island of Samso as well, it is the EU’s poster child sustainable community. Now, you can tell that I’m high since I’m rambling. I feel asleep at 8pm woke up at 2am and have to leave for work at 7am. Which is completely messing with my head since I ussually go to sleep at 2am to wake up at 7am, so I got stoned. Haha. But, to make a point here. There are also places where marijuana grows in the wild. The most famous of these places is probably the remote kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains renowned for their grade AAA wild marijuana. And, many former Soviet countries in Eastern Europe also have wild marijuana. Many of these countries used to produce hemp agriculturally as did the United States, and the marijuana “escaped” from agricultural production and grows wild. It is from these former Soviet countries that Cannabis ruderalis is believed to have originated. Marijuana as I just mentioned also grows wild in several parts of the Midwest where hemp production was once common, however the quality is not very high and this weed goes by the term ditch weed as it often grows in the ditches along the sides of roads. Another random factoid, Russia is the largest exporter of hemp while the United States is the largest importer. We used to grow, now we don’t, it just doesn’t make sense. It’s the same thing with the avocados, look it up. We don’t import them from Russia, but we used to grow them and now we don’t. Wow, that was a stretch. Sorry guys, my mind is like half in dream mode right now. But. to the point I was trying to make. Should the United States set up a city where marijuana can be bought, sold, and consumed openly. It could be a new city, so we wouldn’t infringe on anyone else. And, it could be like Harvestfest if anyone has ever been to one of those in Maine. You can bring in whatever you want, you can do whatever you want while you’re there, but once you leave you’re on your own. The police very well might search your car and person on the way out, they might not. Should we make a city like this here to help generate some revenue for our ailing economy? Also, we’re tkaing name suggestions if you have them.
While Amsterdam is often thought of as the center of the pot smoking universe, only a short train ride away lies quite possibly one of our favorite places in the entire world. Within the city of Copenhagen there is a small community known as Christiania or Freetown Christiania. The community contains homes, businesses, restaurants, bars, clubs, a public sauna, theaters, and some of the most interesting people you will ever meet.
Our last visit there was in December 2009 during the United Nations COP15 Climate Change Conference. Christiania was the staging are for many non-government organizations which were planning demonstrations that had been deemed illegal by the Danish government. Christiania was chosen as the appropriate area to do this because it is essentially an autonomous state within Denmark, and because of the intense disdain for the government.
The community is established on an abandoned naval base, and everyone who lives there is technically a squatter. In order to join the community you must be voted in by the rest of the community. Since Christiania is self governing they established three main rules. No violence. No wepaons. And, no hard drugs.
Unlike Amsterdam where the marijuana trade is highly regulated, in Christiania the marijuana and hashish trade occurs out in the open on Pusher Street. When you go to Christiania you are not allowed to take pictures on Pusher Street, becasue the pushers don’t want your pictures to get the pushed into prison. However, you can smoke wherever you want, as long as you’re not inside. People often sit around a fire outside Cafe Nemoland, the Nightfisher, or Woodstock smoking, sharing, and just loving life.
Recently, Christiania has come under a serious attack from the Supreme Court of Denmark. Before it get’s closed, if it get’s closed, I recommend that you take a trip there as soon as you can. It is undoubtedly one of the most inspirational places I have ever been in the entire world. And, definitely the best place to smoke weed. So, bevar Christiania (which means Save Christiania).