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DESTINATION: Cannabis Country Vacation Enjoying the green life behind the Redwood Curtain


A masseuse would knock on my door, and my 5-hour drive up the gorgeous but gru- eling Redwood Highway would end hap- pily with cannabis infused salves soothing my stiff muscles.


Dinner would be a ganjanated feast: beef from happy, grass-fed cows; salads of lo- cal, organic marijuana leaf; microbrews fi nished with hemp, not hops; and sativa sundae dessert.


After a soak and a toke in a hot tub, I’d retire to my hotel, where, on my pillow, chocolate kief truffl es would ensure sweet sleep.


Then, on Nov. 3, I woke up to the morn- ing-after election news that the majority of California voters—and most Humboldt growers—nixed legalizing marijuana for non-medical reasons.


Arcata When I headed up to Humboldt County before last fall’s vote on Prop. 19, visions of cannabis vacations danced in my head: a potpourri of pot tastings, meet-the-grower fi eld tours and cannabis-infused spa treat- ments—like a wine country weekend, but with marijuana.


I’d check into a hotel, where, next to plush terrycloth robes, I’d fi nd a vaporizer and a mini-bar stocked with Humboldt’s fi n- est canna-crops—heirloom outdoor buds, indoor diesel nugs, joints as fat as a hippie chick’s dreads, and great balls of hash.


Canna-vacation Dream


Over? Dream still on.


While California isn’t Amsterdam on the Pacifi c yet, if you’ve got a Prop. 215 medi- cal marijuana recommendation, you can enjoy a legal Cannabis Country Vacation.


Lay of the Land Most growers are in the Southern Hum- boldt (SoHum) frontier towns of Gar- berville, Redway, Briceland, Petrolia and Shelter Cove, where gray-market grows


34 WEST COAST CANNABIS More Than A Lifestyle


outnumber medical grows and outsiders can easily, and understandably, feel unwel- come.


All of Humboldt’s medical marijuana dis- pensaries are north of SoHum, about an hour up Highway 101. Eureka, the county seat, has a meth-y, port-city vibe, even around its charming Jack London-era Old Town. Arcata, with its picturesque down- town plaza and artsy college town vibes, is the center of the scene.


With an amenable if not entirely friendly city council, there are four dispensaries in Arcata. As of press-time, there is only one dispensary in Eureka. Eureka: where mar- ijuana-grow busts get more headlines than methamphetamine arrests and a newly elected conservative city council is just now addressing medical cannabis. Mean- while, county supervisors and SoHum growers are hashing out a master plan. My observation: Humboldt medical marijuana rules are hazier than Snoop Dogg’s dress- ing room.


Cannabis Collectives While many Humboldters asked me, “Got your 215 card?” before they even asked my name, don’t expect buds to fall from branches and land in your bong, unless you’re in Garberville at harvest fest. Medi- cal marijuana dispensing collectives are the safest and most legal places to score. All are cash only.


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