Is Canada set to become the latest marijuana tourism destination? Some think not.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, vows to legalize recreational cannabis “right away,” which already has some pot tourists talking about packing their bags and heading north—but hold steady, because the state of affairs is not confirmed just yet.
The problem with Trudeau’s ambitions, is that they are being hampered by a ton of red tape, regulations and tax rules. So much so, that experts say the legalization of pot in Canada is miles away still.
One thing that some people are questioning, is if making cannabis legal in Canada will really positively affect tourism as much as the prime minister thinks that it will. Because the USA is making such progress—and fast—there are questions as to the difference that it will make.
Bud and Breakfast offer vacation accommodations for travelers who are seeking a place to stay in which they can consume weed. The growing cannabis tourism industry in the USA shows that being able to stay in cannabis-friendly accommodations is really just another variable that travelers are looking to when they are booking accommodations.
Since the sharing economy opened the gates to options other than traditional hotels, today’s leisure traveler has more choice. Some people chose to consume marijuana, other people chose not to, and having options for every travelers wants is important.
Cannabis in Canada is currently only legal for medial use—and it is very tightly controlled in a system that is overlooked by Health Canada. The potential revenue that making marijuana legal for recreational use could bring to Canada is what is really driving the push to legalization.
It is estimated that up to $5 billion Canadian (that is the same as about $3.77 billion in US dollars) would be brought in each year. That stands for massive tax revenue.