Tens Of Thousands Raise Joints, Pipes And Vaporizer Devices In Denver Pot Party

COLORADO:  Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

The 4:20 p.m. smoke-out in the shadow of the Colorado capitol was the capstone of an Easter weekend dedicated to cannabis in states across the country. Although it is still against the law to publicly smoke marijuana in Colorado, police reported only 130 citations or arrests over the course of the two-day event, 92 for marijuana consumption.

“It feels good not to be persecuted anymore,” said Joe Garramone, exultantly smoking a joint while his 3-year-old daughter played on a vast lawn crowded with fellow smokers.

Denver’s 4/20 Celebrations A Mostly Mellow Affair

COLORADO: Perhaps nowhere was Sunday’s 4/20 celebration bigger than in Denver, where thousands gathered at events across the city to openly recognize what the editorial director of High Times Magazine called “the national stoner holiday.”

The Denver Post’s John Ingold reports that tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday at Civic Center Park, sending up “a collective smoke cloud at 4:20 p.m. that quickly dissipated in the breeze.” Thousands more attended the sold-out High Times Cannabis Cup, also held in Denver, where Denver Post staff writer Eric Gorski reports that marijuana companies offered samples to people over 21 and those with Colorado medical marijuana cards.

Gorski wrote:

The tremendous amount of marijuana being consumed begged the question: How much is too much? (Cat) Jordan said as a general rule, she slows down when she starts to get very tired.

Parks And Rec Issues Permit For Denver Marijuana Fest

COLORADO:  Denver Parks and Recreation has given the official go-ahead to organizers of this year’s 4/20 marijuana celebration.

Parks spokesman Jeff Green tells The Denver Post the department issued a festival permit to use Civic Center Park on April 19-20. The festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of people.

Organizers have agreed to post rules at the festival outlining that public consumption of marijuana is illegal. Denver police say they will focus on ensuring safety rather than issuing mass-citations for public consumption.

Colorado Marijuana Business Hires Former Top State Regulator

OREGON:  Colorado’s former top marijuana enforcement official has been hired by a Denver-based marijuana consulting business.

Laura Harris, former director of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, is now an advisor to Denver Relief Consulting, an arm of a company that includes a medical marijuana dispensary. Harris, according to Denver Relief’s website, will advise clients on regulatory matters.

Harris retired last summer, according to The Denver Post. Staff writers John Ingold and Jeremy Meyer reported at the time that Harris’ departure came “time of upheaval and evolution within the division” overseeing marijuana enforcement.

High Demand For Pot Jobs: Huge Turnout At Colorado Marijuana Job Fair

COLORADO: Looking for a job as a bud-tender? Get in line.

A marijuana-industry job fair in Colorado saw a massive turnout of job seekers who waited in line for information about employment in the expanding industry following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state.

More than a dozen companies were looking for candidates to fill jobs as bud-tenders (those who work behind the counter and dispense pot), marketers, marijuana trimmers and even accountants.

Denver Officials Consider Denial Of 4/20 Permit In Civic Center

COLORADO:  Organizers want to make this year’s Denver 4/20 marijuana rally into a larger-than-ever festival celebrating the first legal pot sales anywhere in the world.

But Denver city officials are weighing whether they will issue organizers a permit to use Civic Center park, leaving the two-day April event in question this year.

A turning point of sorts came last week. An attorney for the event sent an eyebrow-raising letter to city officials putting them on notice that organizers would encourage attendees to toke up in the park.

The letter asks for the city’s permission for adults to consume marijuana, though attorney and activist Robert J. Corry Jr. also asserts that the city’s sign-off isn’t needed.

These Are The 10 Highest Cities In America

COLORADO: Potheads across the country were given cause to lazily sit forward on their couches and clap unenthusiastically last week when Colorado’s controversial Amendment 64 went into effect, legalizing (at the state level) the recreational use of marijuana and the possession of up to one ounce of weed by residents of the state. This event has had the entire country talking about how the Highest State’s largest metro, Denver, is now a veritable Mary Jane Mecca–the spot for pot, if you will.

Is it really, though? That’s what the Movoto Real Estate Blog set out to determine through the power of data, just as we’ve done with topics including which cities are the nerdiest, the worst dressed, or just plain the best city in the whole entire country. [Read more…]

The Economist: Of Bongs And Bureaucrats

COLORADO: They came to Denver, the mile-high city, to get high. They shivered in the cold as they waited for the first legal recreational marijuana (cannabis) shops in Colorado to open on January 1st.

It is too early to judge whether the experiment is working, but the early signs are good. The first American state to allow toking-for-fun has not been seized by reefer madness. Its pot shops are more orderly than, say, a British pub at closing time. One report claimed that 37 Coloradans died of marijuana overdoses on the first day of legalisation, but it was in the Daily Currant, a spoof newspaper. Few readers were fooled: one reason why Americans keep voting to relax marijuana laws is that they have mostly come round to the view that dope is less hazardous than booze. [Read more…]

Colorado Recreational Marijuana Sales Exceed $5 Million In First Week

COLORADO:  Colorado marijuana dispensaries made huge sales in the first week of legal recreational marijuana.

Owners of the 37 new dispensaries around the state reported first week retail sales to The Huffington Post that, when added together, were roughly $5 million.

That’s a lot of green for Colorado’s legal weed.

Colorado, the first state to allow retail recreational marijuana sales to adults age 21 and older, has projected nearly $600 million in combined wholesale and retail marijuana sales annually. The state, which expects to collect nearly $70 million in tax revenue from pot sales this year, won’t have its first official glimpse at sales figures until Feb. 20, when businesses are required to file January tax reports, according to Julie Postlethwait of the state Marijuana Enforcement Division. [Read more…]

Mile 'High' Denver Gets No NBA Pot Pass

COLORADO:  It was, as the Denver Post put it, “a historic swirl of commerce and cannabis” this past week in Colorado, as the nation’s first legal sales of recreational marijuana began.

To a degree, the Miami Heat couldn’t help but get caught up in that swirl (but not the smoke). First, because they were involved in the last game in Denver when marijuana sales still were illegal, and second, because two members of the team also are officers in the National Basketball Players Association. [Read more…]