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Camp Laughing Grass

Camp Laughing Grass, a cannabis-friendly adult campground located in Harrison. Emma Sorkin / Lakes Region Weekly

At 4:20 p.m. most afternoons, guests at Camp Laughing Grass in Harrison, Maine, gather around the pavilion for happy hour. Unlike most happy hour gatherings, however, you will not find low-priced cocktails or discounted appetizers. Instead, you’ll find happy campers passing around a blunt or joint, according to the Press-Herald.

Nestled on the banks of the Crooked River off Edes Fall Road in Harrison, Camp Laughing Grass offers visitors a unique camping experience. Marijuana is not only allowed, but encouraged.

“We are adult-only, and we won’t kick you out when we find you smoking weed,” said Camp Laughing Grass founder and owner Trinity Madison.

Maine legalized the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of marijuana in 2016, and after purchasing the 17-acre site in 2019, Madison, a Cumberland County resident, decided to open a 21 and over cannabis-friendly campground.

“We live in a legal recreational state. I can go in many places and buy weed legally, but there is no place I can legally sit down and smoke that weed. That’s frustrating,” Madison said.

The campground opened for the 2021 season — after a soft opening last year — on May 27. With 10 campsites — a combination of cabins, glamping and primitive tent sites — Camp Laughing Grass is already sold out for weekends this season and mid-week vacancies are limited. All sites can be reserved through Airbnb.

Each site comes with access to a fire pit and bathhouse, as well as access to picnic tables, hiking and biking trails, and kayaks and canoes. The glamping sites and cabins range from $119 to $139 per night, while the primitive tent sites can be reserved at $59 per night. A groundskeeper lives on site.

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