Vansterdam 2018

Vancouver, BC is a city that is well known for its marijuana scene. In fact, local laws are so pot-friendly as to have earned it the nickname of “Vansterdam,” a reference to Amsterdam and its legal cannabis. The reason it is so marijuana friendly is because of its “safe space,” laws, which mean that you can take your own marijuana to a designated “safe space” and smoke it . Of course, marijuana sales are still illegal in Canada, but penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana are very lax, and in those designated safe spots you can light up all you want. If you’re looking for a relaxing, cannabis-filled vacation or considering a destination for a road trip, here are some of the things you should look for in Vancouver.

Vansterdam 2018 – One Massive Pot Party

Every year on April 20, Vancouver hosts a massive pot party. There’s live music, booths for indie artists and entrepreneurs to sell their wares, and thousands of free joints thrown out into the crowd. It’s really the marijuana party of the year.


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While 420 Vancouver has been a huge hit in recent years, there is some concern about what will happen to it next year if the country legalizes marijuana. Obviously it would be a good thing to have marijuana legalized, but legal marijuana will probably come with regulations, and regulations may make it legally difficult to have the same enthusiastic, public enjoyment of pot that has characterized 420 Vancouver for years.

Whatever happens with legalization, though, everyone who has ever been to 420 Vancouver has seen what a great event it is. We’re sure they’ll throw an awesome party again next year, whether or not it includes showering the crowd with free joints.

New Amsterdam Café

New Amsterdam Café is one of the must-visit stops in Vancouver. It is a cannabis-friendly café where you can buy fantastic coffee, delicious nibbles for your munchies and awesome shirts, hats, and other accessories. You can also light up while there, and share info and tips with other patrons and with the knowledgeable staff.

BC Seeds

It’s not, strictly speaking, legal to buy marijuana in Canada. But you can buy seeds. BC Seeds is a great place to get your seeds. It has tons of varieties of cannabis seeds, whether you want to grow plants that are super high in CBD, super high in THC, or anywhere in between. You can get seeds for plants that have a very strong odor and plants that have very little odor. You can get feminized seeds, which means that the plants will always flower, guaranteed. If you’re interested in setting up your own little flowerpot garden at home, BC Seeds is a place you can’t miss.

Vancouver Marijuana Tours

Vansterdam Tours is a company that takes you on tours of the best weed-friendly locations in Vancouver. Their purpose is to help the marijuana scene simply by making people more aware of the people, places, and resources that are available. They are staffed by marijuana experts who have the lowdown on weed and can help people make the most of their trip to Vancouver. Unfortunately, they are not able to sell weed themselves or even direct people to where to buy weed, because marijuana sales are not legal yet in Canada.

So where can you buy marijuana in Vancouver?

Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, but recreational marijuana isn’t yet. Our Prime Minister has stated that it will be legal before July 1st 2018. Therefore you won’t need a doctor’s note to be able to buy marijuana.

Vancouver Doctors Easily Prescribe Medical Marijuana

However, due to Vancouver’s own lax enforcement and stated tolerance for marijuana, many marijuana dispensaries in the city do have a doctor in-house who is available to verify your symptoms and provide you with the required permissions. There is some controversy about whether medical marijuana dispensaries should be better regulated, but in the meantime it is completely possible to get your cannabis and stay above the law simply by following the legal guidelines.


  1. Eddy Stewart on July 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Vancouver’s 420 event keeps getting better and better every year. This year Greenman from vancouverseeds gave out seeds to event goers and I was one of the lucky ones to get a 5 pack of Girl Scout Cookies free, the wickedest strain ever. Keep up the good work, and I hope to see you next year

  2. Dave on August 9, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Vancouver is the greatest city to live in for stoners! it’s also a short drive to Seattle for what Vancouver is missing. Between those two cities, you’ll have everything you’ll every need from any city.

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