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We're accustomed to seeing Denver top marijuana-centric city lists. So we were definitely surprised to come across Elite Daily's "10 Best U.S. Cites For Stoners To Live In" and discover that while Denver was among the two Colorado communities to make the cut, and despite upcoming 4/20 activities drawing tourists from around the globe, it didn't rank first -- and the one that did (as well as another entry, too) isn't actually a city. Continue to count down the photo-illustrated list, featuring excerpts from Elite Daily text; click here to check out the original item. Number 10: Oakland

Oakland may be known for its violent-stricken areas, but it's the city's acclaimed Oaksterdam University that has them placed on the list. If you are brave enough to make the trek into the city, then you will surely be impressed. The stoner-friendly district of Oaksterdam is known for its weed cafes, clubs' countless dispensaries and even a school for training people in weed. This is where stoners are cultivated....

Number 9: Portland, Maine

The East Coast may not exactly be the friendliest in terms of weed, but Portland, Maine is a haven for potheads everywhere. Not only does it have some pretty good buds -- thanks to the favorable climate -- but the law is pretty lenient and will often let you rock. The relaxed city is the perfect place for any retiring stoner to rest his loins and smoke the days away....

Continue to keep counting down Elite Daily's top ten U.S.stoner cities. Number 8: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky?! Who would think that the Bluegrass State produces some of the most fire bud? The town of Lousiville is more than inviting for stoners who want to live their lives without being persecuted. Over the years, they have developed some of the best culture for weed and that is evident by not only the quality, but the low enforcement control....

Number 7: Boston

Boston, Massachusetts is one of the most progressive cities when it comes to smoking the green stuff. Where else do they have a "Hempfest," where thousands of people come together to smoke weed at a local park. Buying isn't too difficult either. Because of its location, Boston is an ideal place for bud to get passed through....

Continue to keep counting down Elite Daily's top ten U.S.stoner cities. Number 6: Boulder

Boulder is undoubtedly the most consistent city for weed in the country. You will never be disappointed as this is where the majority of Colorado's buds are born. Why not go straight to the source, right? The calm town is the perfect place for nature stoners to go to get a taste of middle America. Far away from any major city, this is unlike any other stoner city on the list....

Number 5: Seattle

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Seattle is another landmark for weed in the United States. With some of the most groundbreaking strains popping up from the area, expect to be smoking on some new sh*t every week. You can burn one down pretty much everywhere you go, especially with the air being so damn foggy. No one would ever suspect a thing....

Continue to keep counting down Elite Daily's top ten U.S.stoner cities. Number 4: San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most stoner-friendly cities in America. It's not that big of a deal when you smoke a blunt and some bum with no shirt is hitting the crack pipe next to you. Aside from having an endless supply of dispensaries, you will find some of the richest history and best munchies in the country. And the people of San Fran aren't exactly the sanest. Expect to see the unexpected when you are blitted out of your mind....

Number 3: Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii is more than just paradise -- it's stoner paradise. Aside from having the optimal climate for any pothead, it offers some of the finest, home-grown buds in the country. The scene really turned in 2000 when the state officially legalized medical marijuana. Hell, there's even a THC Ministry church on the island. If great weather, delicious barbecue and the beach life aren't enough for you, well then that's not weed you're smoking....

Continue to keep counting down Elite Daily's top ten U.S.stoner cities. Number 2: Denver

Colorado has quite the knack for supplying some dank buds. All across the state, you will never be disappointed, but it should come as no surprise that Denver is a hub for it all. Being the rocky mountain state's biggest city, you will experience diverse cultures and strains. With the Cannabis Cup taking place here annually, people from all over the world fly in with their finest nugs as the community that's been built in Denver is truly top-notch....

Number 1: Humboldt County, California

Humboldt County, in beautiful northern California, is the epicenter of bomb buds. The climate is perfect for cultivating some of the most delicious strains, as the small town produces nearly 30% of the country's weed. The only problem, however, is that cops have been busting down on growers, which is definitely a major blow. Nonetheless, the quality of weed is great enough to earn the no. 1 ranking on the list....

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