Portland, ore. (KOIN) – Just 10 years ago, weed lovers looking to legally smoke cannabis would have lost their luck unless they booked a flight to Amsterdam.
However, since Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, the so-called “green rush” of legal weed has grown—and now plenty of states offer pot lovers a legal place to puff in peace.
With recreational lawn now lit green in 18 states, there seem to be more options than ever for setting up a stonemason’s shop. However, a new list of “Best Weed Towns in the US” indicates that not all kush is created equal.
List compiled by real estate witchranked each city based on a number of weighted factors, including legality, price (relative to average annual income), dispensaries per capita, and — no kidding — the number of Taco Bell restaurants in the area.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Denver — also known as the Mile High City — came out on top.
“Although there are many famous places to smoke weed in Colorado, none is better than the state capital,” wrote The Real Estate Witch. “Weeding is easily accessible in Denver, where there are 7 times as many dispensaries (9.8 per 100,000 residents) and nearly 3 times as many major stores (2.2 per 100,000 residents) as the city average.”
Denver also ranked highly for cannabis affordability, behind Sacramento, California, and Portland, Oregon—the two cities that ranked third and second on the list, respectively.
Here is a ranking of the top ten “weed towns” as identified by the Real Estate Witch:
- Denver, Colorado
- Portland, Oregon
- Sacramento, California
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- San Jose, California
- Seattle, Washington
- San Francisco, California
- San Diego, California
- Los Angeles California
- Phoenix, Arizona
full order of All 50 cities included in the study It can be found on the Real Estate Witch.
To determine the best weed-friendly cities, the Real Estate Witch used data from 2022 to analyze marijuana laws, including “publicly available data” from the Census Bureau, Google Trends, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Yelp, among others.