Experiences with smoking ganja in public ? (1 Viewer)


Jun 25, 2019
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In NY you can smoke weed in Manhattan and no one looks twice. It’s been decriminalized and the cops don’t really give you trouble.
California I imagine people giving the least amounts of fuck depending where you are
And that also goes for the other states that have legalized it for recreational use.
I always see a sign in legal states that say
People are not allowed to smoke in public But only in a private residence.

My question is
What has been your experience smoking weed in America in different states ?
Is it a regional attitude or is it more
Person by person basis.
Are people indifferent or perturbed?
Obviously I’m not talking about smoking a j
In the front of an elementary school when the kids come out.

I like to smoke when I travel and I’m always anxious of the reaction I will get.
I take edibles as well but sometimes those aren’t always available.

Also I didn’t grow up a stoner
I started smoking into my twenties so I don’t have the usually instincts lol.

This is all because I want to smoke my weed vape (not an oil cartridge but actual grass) in the parking lot of this motel in Wyoming and am probably overthinking it lol.
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Gone Walkabout
Mar 5, 2017
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Jinibara Country (Qld, Australia)
I was shocked how open and common it was in most places. Like, I was staying in some shitty hotel in the desert in Cali for a night last year and the receptionist was having a spliff outside. Similar thing happened in Tennessee.

I've never really had any dramas smoking in public in America, but always made sure I was pretty isolated and (on my most recent trip) only really smoked in states where it was legal (because American authorities terrify me).

I guess it all depends on where you are, your level of confidence and whose around you. From an outsiders perspective though, most people I came across where pretty chill as long as you weren't blowing it in their face.

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Bad Order Hoghead
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Dec 26, 2010
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Dick City California
It's 2019 baby, we eatin ass & smokin grass. Don't worry about it. This is only my outlook on it, doesn't mean you're not gonna get harassed. I've been chiefing bowls since 95 in public like it's always been acceptable. Mainly because I believe that's how you remove the stigma. Be the change you want to see in the world or some shit like that.
Oct 5, 2018
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Speaking for all of michigan and just about anywhere else i go nobody gives two shits. I smoke blunts so its not like its super obvious, but the worst problem i had was getting kicked out of renn fest (i dont really like cosplay anyway).

Ive gotten bitched at by dutch people the most. It seems like every time i walk through amsterdam smoking weed some snooty dutch person has to say something to me. I usually ablige them with a friendly canadian “go fuck your hat” and walk away to perplexed looks.

I got some dirty looks in paris last time i visited, but we were smoking on le coulee vert and i felt it was a bad idea from the get go. No cops or anything, just dirty looks. Anywhere else in the city i had no issues with, i even walked past machine gun armed police with a lit blunt, not even a peep.

Remember ymmv, and i usually dress up when traveling overseas (french cuffs, a loud vest, borsalino hat, seamless wholecut oxfords etc) and ive found it keeps me out of peoples eye.
Jun 5, 2019
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Redding, California
Here in Redding, you can't just walk down the street blazing up. Thats a public intox charge. Can't smoke it in any parks or near schools, daycare centers, churches or anywhere children can be present. The only time people smoke it in public is on 4/20 at HempFest in Eureka


Aug 29, 2019
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I've never had any issues on the west coast other than some smaller towns on the outskirts of the tri county area in Cali that were fed up w the farms in the area. South east though, fuck no. I'm not playing that game. I just recently started smoking dab carts out in the open in Florida but won't push it past that


Forum Guru
Aug 24, 2017
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Roads n rails
I smoke in public regularly but really play it by ear and use a cig one hitter. If ur walking along a street w passing cars and not many pedestrians, or somewhere open and airy n using that type of one hitter, no one would notice.
Sometime looking around to find a hidden away spot somewhere is more likely to draw attention. But if ur gonna have a hard time being discrete and confident smoking in public, slipping away somewhere might be better.

The very limited time I was on the west coast it seemed to be more strict about smoking in public than in nyc... Unless ur like right in the middle of tourist shit like time square.

Anyway, cig one hitters all day. Low key and saves weed.


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Nov 15, 2012
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I dont go east very much. But out west I think ya have to be a dumdum to get in trouble. There's always somewhere to take a few puffs.

Im more worried driving w it. I remember when CO first went rec, leaving the state w CO tags for road trips was like an invitation for cops to pull ya over.

I believe rec is legal in 11 states currently, and medical in 33 states. So I think most peeps see it akin to alcohol.

Once in Bogota I was smoking behind the bus station before a long ride. It was dumb of me. Cop rolled up, swallowed the joint. 'solo tobacco, solo tobacco!' (i smoke rollies) showed him my papers and baccy, he checked my pockets and pack a bit, but had my weed stashed in the tiny pocket of my sleeping bag, which was in its stuff sack. Definitely scary.


Sep 14, 2018
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Grey 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan
The "new reality" was very heady when recreational was first legalized.

I'm an old fart, so I kept doing doubletakes, like when I realized I had to go to the marijuana store when I had other plans because it would be irresponsible to run out of marijuana, not be able to get a decent night's sleep, and flake off on responsibilities the next day.

Anyway, I'm in Eureka. I smoke openly when it's not fire season and nobody cares, even though I don't think it's technically legal. Everybody else does it.

It's more than a little bit sad to be sitting in my car at the 14th St. parking lot in Redwood Park, smoking ganja all by my lonesome while parked between two cars containing two other sets of old hippies smoking all by their lonesomes.

What a waste of perfectly good weed and perfectly good people.

I've tried to share a handful of times, but I either get looked at as if I was a dangerous and crazy person or else demeaned for smoking the cheapest stuff at the dispensary.

Oh, well. When in 2019, you do what the 2019ese do. Sharing lighters, papers, and little pipes is a way to make human connections anyway.

When the rains came last year (after the Camp Fire), everybody was laughing and celebrating and sharing dry lighters and matches.

I'm hoping that the six little plants we're allowed to grow are going to help the commercialization of cannabis somewhat. I like to garden and it's a very fun, rewarding little plant to grow.

I hate to see the old growers losing their farms because of regulations and abatements and laws I only partially understand.

It's complicated.


Wise Sage
Jan 7, 2017
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Eh, it's really hit or miss.

I choose to smoke in public, if I see people in the public I'm currently in- smoking.

It's best not to take it upon yourself to know how lax that area is. ESPECIALLY if you are a traveler, and people can tell.

I've gotten a ticket in fucking Eugene, OR within the last couple of years for hitting a weed pipe. That was mainly due to the heavy disgruntlement with travelers in that area of the state, I believe.. Still bullshit, none the less.

Friends of mine have almost been arrested in NH for toking behind the hotel they were staying in.

I was thrown in Jail over a ticket I got passing through Nebraska for the ride I was in having weed inside..

Better safe, than sorry.
Find a nook in some trees and blaze it. Then go out in Public. Unless you're in California- it seems.


Sep 1, 2019
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New Jersey
All legal states say that you can't smoke in public but whenever I roll through, ALL you can smell is weed on every corner. I was in Denver 1.5 years ago and all the homeless guys on the corner were blazing joints and blunts, so YMMV.

I have noticed that the bigger the city, usually has more crime for the cops to deal with. They usually don't hassle you unless your blatantly making it obvious.


Oct 6, 2018
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NW Montana
Every time the wife and I go to Spokane, WA we make a point to smoke a joint in that park where they had the World's Fair and big clock tower. We've never had any one give us guff.

Montana is pretty relaxed. It is just a medical state, but people don't seem to care.

I like to smoke a joint when I'm out for a stroll. As long as you're minding your own business and using a little discretion, no one seems to care.

Hobo richard

Nov 30, 2019
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Camas, wa
I have alwas smoked in broad daylight on walks both urban and rural. I hit a one hitter type pipe so my body language looks cigarette lighting-like. Only rarely have people talked to me and expected an answer with a lung-full. I never really cared about getting in trouble, however my good friend and old hippy actually did a year for a single joint in 1969...

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