KINGSTON, JAMAICA- With tourism on the rise, stakeholders are recognizing an increase in tourists coming to the Caribbean region for marijuana tourism.
Specifically, marijuana tourism entails travel involving marijuana or having a marijuana component.
The marijuana tourism industry includes farm tours, “bud and breakfast” hotels, city tours, marijuana festivals, marijuana trails, food, wine, and marijuana pairings, “ganja yoga,” and packages combining accommodation and marijuana experiences.
Several of these travel experiences are also included in wellness tourism.
As a result of the travel trend, the momentum which started before the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic is continuing, in which many countries around the world have relaxed their restrictions on the use of marijuana, particularly for medicinal purposes.
Recently, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines approved the cultivation of medical marijuana. Even before this, countries like Jamaica, Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, and the US Virgin Islands enacted or approved legislation decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
As a result, many tourists who were seeking a new type of travel experience were reenergized.