Apr 19, 2024 - Culture

420 travel: San Francisco's ranking for weed-friendly rentals

Photo of a person organizing a display of cannabis plants

An employee arranges a display of cannabis at the Harborside dispensary in Oakland in 2020. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

U.S. cities that blazed the marijuana legalization trail now have a high concentration of 420-friendly vacation rentals, a new study shows.

Why it matters: Cannabis-cations are one piece of the growing multibillion-dollar weed economy.

By the numbers: Out of the 50 largest U.S. cities in states where recreational marijuana use is legal, San Francisco ranks 26th when it comes to lodging that markets itself as marijuana-friendly.

  • Our city has almost 14 pot-friendly rentals per 100,000 residents, according to the study by travel information company Upgraded Points.
  • Across the bay, Oakland comes in at 11th with about 22 per 100,000 residents.

The big picture: Three Colorado cities — Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs — are among those with the highest concentration of pot-friendly rentals, per the study.

  • Burlington, Vermont; Las Vegas; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Portland, Maine, also top the rankings.
  • The list includes cities where recreational marijuana use is legal, but sales are not.

State of play: Surprisingly, San Francisco isn't among the priciest cities for pot-friendly rentals.

  • Those would be San Diego, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Phoenix, where a one-night stay costs around $300 to $360.
  • Meanwhile, an average night at a 420-friendly stay comes out to about $246 in San Francisco and $232 Oakland.

Yes, but: The cannabis industry in San Francisco — and California more broadly — has struggled to bounce back from pandemic-driven economic hardships.

What to watch: While this year's 420 Festival was canceled due to lack of sponsorship dollars and slowed demand, there's still plenty going on this weekend to celebrate cannabis culture, including themed cocktails, art exhibitions, cannabis farming workshops and more.


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