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10 Ending Marijuana Prohibition

14 | Marijuana is Safer by Michael Dillon 22 | Nugget in the Rough by T. Zephir 26 | Mary Jane in the Grass by Michael Dillon 32 | Grocery Shopping Stoned by Michael Dillon 34 | Holiday Recipes with That THC Kick Added by Chef Herb 38 | ”His” Guide to Shopping Organic by Lady Elle Marie 42 | Wrappin’ the Wacky Tabacky by Maggie St Thomas 44 | Colorado Concert Mashup 45 | New Year’s Eve Party 46 | To Clone or Not to Clone by Vicki FalStaff 52 | Kush Reality Check by Fred Gardner 54 | Doug Benson: Q&A with The Pot Comic Extraordinaire 56 | Big Business: Hemp for Hanes by H.D. Geeh 58 | The Real History of the Bong by John E. Phillips 60 | Be Careful What You Say and Play by Holden Gray 64 | Legalization/Legitimacy Advocates by Jack Prescott 68 | A Sensible Conversation by Heather Gulino 66 | The Toker’s Gift Guide by Pumpkin Escobar 70 | We Dig This: The Wailers 76 | Dispensary Directory

A decades-long fight for legalization is gaining momentum with recent political, legal and social victories. By Jack Prescott

18 Marijuana and Music The music industry has long had an obsession with pot since the advent of the jazz era in the early 1930’s. By Samantha Ofole-Prince

30 Grower’s Grove For the novice grower, lighting can be a little, or a lot confusing. Here is some helpful information that will make your job as Mother Nature a little more manageable. By Jesse Martin

40 Rocky Mountain High Colorado Law Lends to Medical Marijuana Business Boom. By Charlotte Cruz

50 Q&A with Tommy Chong Tommy Chong talks about “absurdity” of drug laws, touring again, pot in the Bible. 6 kush Colorado

from the editor’s want to thank you for giving us such a we warm welcome to Colorado! We have a lot of big plans and invite you our readers to join us on this new and exciting journey! We know you will enjoy Kush Colorado Magazine and featuring our brand new online Social Network Forum and Patient Resource Directory where you can share your experiences and thoughts with your fellow readers, and also find the best caregivers that suits your needs. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality medical marijuana lifestyle magazine with relevant news, information, and definitely the most professional ads for Colorado medical marijuana patients. There is a lot going on throughout Colorado on the legal front. With recent polls showing a 2 to 1 margin in favor of legalization of marijuana, an appellate court decision about what being a caregiver means, taxation of medical marijuana, pending ordinances and moratoriums, there sure is a lot to talk about. But we don’t stop there. We know there is more to life then that, and we will try to keep you up to date from such topics as organic clothing, special recipes for the holidays to underexposed live music in your area that we think you’ll dig.



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The tangle of outdated, ineffective and illogical laws governing the possession and use of marijuana is already well known. But, and more importantly, the acceptance of medical marijuana -- and the broader push for simple legalization -- is changing the way government sees the issue. Keeping marijuana as a Schedule One drug means the federal government still views cannabis as lethal as PCP, LSD or heroin. A staunch supported of this view, the American Medical Association, has recently backtracked and is re-evaluating that Schedule One definition. Of course, there are 13 states that have popularly approved the use of medical marijuana (with differing restrictions), too. And then there are cities, like Denver, that approved the possession of small, personal-use amounts of marijuana. Probably most telling, the taxation of pot is being seriously discussed. So who’s in charge? Some of the state amendments have been on the books for 5-15 years, without the authorities offering any clarification or guidelines. The days of being given enough rope to hang one’s self with are passing by, thankfully. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has made raids of marijuana facilities a “low priority” for the Drug Enforcement Agency. California Attorney General Jerry Brown has posted guidelines on an official website that provides parameters for operating within that state’s medical marijuana amendment. And places like Denver and Oakland are planning city-level taxation. As with most ‘movements’ the proponents of change are passionate, well-informed and ardent in their pursuits. People and organizations like Bruce Mirken at the Marijuana Policy Project, Mason Tvert of Safer Choice, who partners with Brian Vicente as co-founders of Sensible Colorado and, of course, NORML ... all of these have been advocating legalization in one form or another for decades. Here is a non-exhaustive list of recent, significant news and indicators that legalization is gaining ground... The times are finally changing.

US Attorney General suspends raids on medical marijuana dispensaries – March 2009: Eric Holder has reiterated his stance that dispensaries will not be raided if they comply with their state’s laws. However, there have been federal busts in San Francisco and New Mexico. Old DEA habits die hard... Much like the prohibition of alcohol, though, the draconian laws merely put the ‘product’ in the hands of criminals and cartels. Were it legal, it’d be regulated and taxable. Right now, the laws merely fill the bank accounts of Mexican drug dealers. Rhode Island legislature override veto; OKs medical marijuana plan – June 2009: Following the will of the people, RI legislators created the first state to have one officially licensed nonprofit center selling marijuana. They plan to expand into more distribution points soon. CO Attorney General sees marijuana as taxable – Nov 2009: The Democratic governor asks the Republican AG whether marijuana is taxable and, sure enough, it is, according to an opinion from AG John Suthers. This is a significant step toward normalization and legalization. Cities like Denver and Oakland, Calif., are also considering a tax. Los Angeles finally writes guidelines for dispensaries – Nov/Dec 2009: While a city government dithered for years nearly 1,000 dispensaries opened in Los Angeles. The city attorney, who campaigned as potneutral, flopped on that position and attempted to prosecute any and all dispensaries before council reined him in. The city is now working on a cap (70-200, maybe) on dispensaries and guidelines for their operation Sensible Colorado announces political action plan – Jan 2010: Sensible co-founder Brian Vicente is holding a planning meeting on Dec 19 in Denver to discuss with other stakeholders the way forward during the 2010 legislative session. Check out for meeting updates. Breckenridge OKs pot – Nov 2009: Joining Denver as the only two cities in America that have decriminalized pot, Breckenridge passes legalization by overwhelming majority. Sure, it’s a smaller town, but 71% of voters is a big win. Maine OKs pot – Nov 2009: In November Mainers voted to approved the distribution of medical marijuana. They also rejected the idea of gay marriage. Some civil liberties have all the luck, it seems... BY JACK PRESCOTT

"Marijuana is Safer:


It’s Friday night, and after a long week of work you just want to release your mind and relax. You’re going to find a way to alter your conscience -- one way or another. Options are limited, and most people will turn to the legal choice of alcohol by default. But what if marijuana was legal? Would less people resort to drinking alcohol -- a drug that costs us hundreds of billions of dollars annually, is responsible for 25-30% of all violent crimes, and more than 30,000 deaths in the US annually? To prove the point that marijuana is safer, a new book parses medical data and peppers it with germane, entertaining popculture references. “Marijuana Is Safer” addresses, head-on, the issue of marijuana vs. alcohol as an argument for why marijuana should be legal. The authors give a legitimately scientific overview of the positive & negative aspects of both drugs, while offering a picture of what our society could look like if we were to legalize pot. Although a bit repetitive at times, it’s loaded with statistics and data from past research. 14 kush Colorado

Presented in three parts: The Choice, Choice, Interrupted, and Freedom of Choice, there is a natural progression through the book that gives you the background necessary to form a firm, logical opinion. Beginning with Chapter 4, the reader gets a solid history of how and why marijuana has evolved to be where it is today, with strategic political and corporate agendas exposed. It actually serves as a pretty good resource for marijuana information in general. Authors Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert relate to the audience with references to MTV’s The Real World, the Michael Phelps “bong picture” media frenzy, Ricky Williams’ NFL suspension, and many more situations that we are all likely familiar with. They keep things interesting with the pop culture references as well as examples from issues that affect most of the American (and world) population. All authors are also active in pot reform organizations, including SAFE, NORML, and the MPP. Whether you are a pot expert or novice, supporter or one of the opposed, you should be able to take something valuable


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out of this read. It’s not a book to blaze through in one sitting though, as you will (I did) likely be inundated and overwhelmed with statistics and data. Give it a couple weeks so that the information can really saturate. It’s hard to ignore the key message of this book: marijuana is a MUCH safer drug than alcohol, and if legalized would not only provide many positive medical, financial, and societal benefits but would also reduce the negative impacts of alcohol use in our country. If this sentiment was shared across the majority of society we would certainly be headed for greener pastures in terms of marijuana reform and beyond. So, whether fully read or not, everyone should at the very least do some research, get informed and pass the message along. kush Colorado 15






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Paul McCartney famously spent nine days in a Tokyo jail after attempting to import marijuana in 1980. According to historians Ernest Abel and Harry Shapiro, the first recorded American use of “marihuana” occurred at the turn of the 20th century. Commonly know as Mezz, coined after Milton Mezzrow, the jazzman and dope dealer who supplied the drug to jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, many references of the drug can be found on numerous jazz compilations. Even Gillespie talked about pot smoking in his autobiography and how the herb was often used as a stimulus for creativity during practice sessions. Embraced by pop artists in the ‘60s, it was any self-respecting pop star’s “modus operandi” and Bob Dylan and some members of the Beatles admit to being stoned on a regular basis and every mention of “high” or “grass” in a Beatles song, said ex-Beatles member Paul McCartney, was always intentional. While the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones took their cannabis lead from Dylan, Rastafarian Reggae legend Bob Marley claimed to have a more authoritative influence for his smoky partaking. Following his Rafastarian ideology, Marley promoted the use of the herb through Rastafrezism. In addition, many reggae artists, from Collie Budz to Peter Tosh, have numerous songs which reference the use of pot. “For many [Reggae artists] it is a veritable pre-requisite that you have at least one ‘weed tune’ in your repertoire as an instant crowd pleaser,” says Kennedy ‘Prezedent’ Mensah, publisher of Back 2 Da Future Music, “It’s something of a standard when an artist is performing, whoever they are, they’ll have a ‘girl’ tune, a ‘badman’ tune and a ‘weed’ “ tune which they can call on. It’s normal for a Reggae artist to extol the virtues of weed – you just expect it!” In the last 30 years, there has been an increase in music glamorizing the use of illegal drugs, but when it comes to singing the praises of marijuana, many rappers put it very bluntly and have coined an entirely different meaning to “going green.”

Producer, rapper and former NWA member Dr. Dre titled his 2001 album, “The Chronic,” named after a potent strain of marijuana with the CD featuring an artistic rendition of a pot leaf. The members of platinum-certified Cypress Hill regularly speak out about their quest to legalize marijuana and have been known to light joints in mid-performance, as well as backstage at industry events. Even guitarist Carlos Santana wishes the president would legalize pot, whilst Basehead, Snoop Dogg, the Black Crowes, Lemonheads and Sacred Reich appear to be saying anything but “no” to drug references in their art. Not only do some of these musicians promote pot in their artistry, many have also been caught with the elicit drug. In 1968, Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone was arrested for marijuana possession at Heathrow Airport in London causing a cancellation of the band’s British tour. A year later, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones was fined in London for marijuana possession. Paul McCartney famously spent nine days in a Tokyo jail after attempting to import marijuana in 1980. And in 1976, David Bowie and Iggy Pop were arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. Although the case was eventually dropped, they join singers Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, rappers Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Snoop Dogg, Redman, Method Man and musician Fela Kuti for arrests relating to pot possession. Whether the appreciation of bongs, blunts and joints is merely for creative stimulation or otherwise, the music industry, record labels and many of its artists have certainly rejected the “just say no” adage and as a result, pot has reached a new height of popularity with the help of the music industry.

“It’s something of a standard when an artist is performing, whoever they are, they’ll have a ‘girl’ tune, a ‘badman’ tune and a ‘weed’ “ tune which they can call on. It’s normal for a Reggae artist to extol the virtues of weed – you just expect it!”

By T. Zephir


With the addition of Ty Lawson the Nuggets may end

Most rookies, especially point guards, take a little

His frantic, all out pace has helped the Nuggets jump

bit of time to get acclimated to the speed on the

out to a perfect 7-0 record at home through the first

NBA. Explosive with hops, the Nuggets 18th pick of

16 games. His 3.6 apg rank him tied for second on

last years draft, Ty Lawson is proving that the skills

the team with Carmelo Anthony. His 13 points and 6

he displayed at the University of North Carolina work

assists helped win helped in a 105-79 trumping of the

in the NBA as well. The lightning quick point guard

defending champs on Nov. 13 at home. His first game

has been so impressive during the Nuggets opening

on Oct. 28 against Utah, he dropped 17pts and 6

stretch that many of the “talking heads” believe he

assists in the victory. With PG Anthony Carter often

will be in the running for this season’s NBA Rookie

injured, the Lawson will get plenty of opportunities

of the Year. Playing for a coach who doesn’t play

the rest of the season.

up exactly where they want to be, the NBA Finals.

rookies all that often, Lawson has earned himself more and more playing time on a relatively deep

His speed was legendary in the college ranks and


this season his fast- paced style has helped Denver win 12 of their first 16 games (second in the Western

The Nuggets, who finished the season with the number

Conference to Phoenix 13-3). He was expected to sit

eight seed & lost in 6 to the Lakers in last year’s

and learn, but his up -tempo aggressive nature and

Conference championship round, were expected to

ability to drain the three (50% 3pt percentage) makes

win the Northwest conference and expand upon their

it extremely difficult to keep him on the bench. If

first round exit from a year ago. With improved play

George Karl goes away from his normal eight- man

from Carmelo Anthony, and a solid front line, the

rotation, not only would Lawson get more court time,

Nuggets are hoping to make it back to the conference

but Chauncey Billiups would be fresher towards the


end of the season. His assist to turnover ratio (2.7) is second only to starter Billups. The Nuggets games against San Antonio on December 5th, Phoenix on December 12 and the rematch against Atlanta on December 23 will help to give us some idea of where they stand league wide.

What is it that makes music and marijuana such a sweet blend? It’s like whiskey & coke or wine & cheese, like Bonnie & Clyde or Regis & Kathy. It just makes such perfect sense. And while the mega-festival heyday is history, there are some pretty delicious little treats near and far that arguably make up for the lack of Woodstock-esque events. Being high allows you to melt into music. You feel the music, become one with it on a whole different level, and just give yourself up to wherever it may take you. The melodies get into you physically, the lyrics hit you emotionally, and the lights stimulate you visually. Marijuana takes you to a place with music that most people could never achieve sober. Even when just at home groovin, weed really intensifies the experience.

The most intense show I’ve personally experienced in this altered state would have to be Coachella 2007. I was high all day (weekend) but when Rage Against the Machine took the stage on Sunday night for the first time in 8 years, the music coupled with my high and a little beer-buzz sent me to a nirvana that’s hard to explain. At first the testosterone infused, heavily compacted crowd was a bit overwhelming. But soon I acclimated, the music took over my body, and I was laughing, jumping, singing, and even moshing! And although it eventually led to a riot of sorts, my time with RATM, Mary Jane, and 50,000 news friends that night was magical. To be around other people hearing, feeling, and seeing the same thing as you is really a beautiful thing. Having music played with amazing sound equipment and a pleasing surrounding makes your high so complete. Remember, passing the doobie is common courtesy within a reasonable radius and pushing to the front is not only a buzz kill, but also inviting of bad karma.

Hint: high + headphones = sweet sensations.


There may be more restrictions and laws that work to prevent dope at events these days, but there are also laws that allow it. Toking in the smoking section should always be permitted in legal states, but that also varies depending on the venue. Check your local laws, but also check with the bartender or security to avoid getting tossed.


Arena Shows

At large music festivals it’s the pretty much a right of passage for the blend of marijuana and music to take place. What Woodstock did 40 years ago has continued with other festivals throughout the years. Weed has represented the freedom, relaxation, and separation from every day society that many long for in their comfy office or cramped cublicle. Some never get it, others make it a way of life.

Everyone that’s been to a somewhat liberal concert knows the image of an arena completely hazy and filled with smoke. Back in April of this year, Britney Spears stopped and delayed a show in Vancouver because of too much smoke in the building. It happens to some extent at every show, but usually doesn’t get the diva reaction. For example, Snoop is usually swimming in joints tossed at him by fans during his performances. He sometimes returns the favor and tosses a partially smoked blunt back....

Summer is pretty much over and the good festivals don’t start back up for 6 months or so but one can reminisce. In and around LA we have Coachella, HARD Fest, Sunset Junction and a handful of other events that you can count on to get your rocks off. If you have the time and money, be sure to hit one of these: Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Sasquatch! or DMB @ The Gorge in WA, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Rothbury, and Bumbershoot

chaos amongst the crowd generally follows for a minute or two.

Something to also keep in mind... security can be a bitch. If you’re going to a non friendly state you may want to ask around to see how tight the gates are kept.


Live Music & Marijuana

GROWER’S Lighting the Way for Medical Marijuana

For the novice grower, lighting can be a little, or a lot confusing. Different phases of growth require different kinds of lighting. If you’re growing indoors, replicating the sun’s light spectrum during different seasons can be tricky, so here is some helpful information that will make your job as Mother Nature a little more manageable. The Basics of Photosynthesis Indoor lights are the key component of growth for hydroponic plants. Light is the catalyst for photosynthesis, the driving force behind most of the green plant life on our planet. The process of photosynthesis uses the energy from light to convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen. These elements are used by the plant as food necessary for growth and sustenance. Fluorescent lights are adequate for plants that do not need much sunlight, but will not help produce anything other than greenery. Natural sunlight is not white, but is made up of 30 kush Colorado

many colors. Bending light will expose a dazzling array of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet beams. To really imitate natural sunlight, a range of bulbs that represent the colors of the spectrum will provide the best hydroponic plant growth. For an indoor hydroponic garden, the grow light should come from the red and blue beams. This kind of light, called PAR (photosynthetically active radiation), is the next best thing to natural sunlight.



Metal Halide vs. High Pressure Sodium High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights are designed for hydroponic use. They are stronger than regular fluorescent lights and provide the maximum amount of PAR for the amount of wattage. There are two types of HID lights:

followed by a period of darkness in order to force blooms to flourish inside. Timers can be purchased to help alleviate the need to remember the lighting cycle and to allow you some freedom from your light switch.

1. Metal Halide from the blue/white spectrum: suited for vegetative growth. This means the metal halide grow lights are not best for producing flowers.

Using HID lights extends the growing season in the fall and allows a head start in the spring, but don’t get too carried away! Extending the light beyond 18 hours a day will wear your plants out and cause an untimely demise. This is a classic case of less not being more.

2. High Pressure Sodium from the orange and yellow part of the spectrum: promotes bud growth and flowering Choosing a type of grow light is a decision that should be based on what kind of plants are going to grow in the environment and the results that are expected. Seeds or cuttings will grow under either category of lights. MH/HPS conversion bulbs are available which allow switching back and forth with ease. If these two types of grow light systems are combined, a dual spectrum combination grow system will mimic the natural sun and is suitable for year-round growth, as well as beautiful flowers.

How Much Light? Hydroponic light is measured by wattage per square foot. Photosynthesis will occur if the wattage is around 20 watts per square foot for low light plants and as high as 50 watts per square foot for vegetation that needs a higher intensity. The tips of stems and tops of leaves can become scorched if the hydroponic lights are too close to the plants. If the wattage is low (about 250W), the bulb should be 12-14 inches away or 16-24 inches from a 400W bulb and have 24 inches between the plant and a 1000W light. The color of paint on the walls and ceiling makes a difference too, with lower gloss white paint making the most of your indoor lights. Most growers settle on flat white paint. Mylar is even more reflective if you want to get serious and don’t mind the look. Hydroponically grown plants need roughly 16-18 hours of light per day for normal growth. Some plants need extra light

In a Nutshell • Metal Halide (MH)*, which emits white/blue spectrum and is best as primary light source and is best used for vegging. • High Pressure Sodium (HPS)*, which emits yellow/orange spectrum and promotes flowering. • Combination grow light systems maximize plant development and growth with a dual spectrum lighting system, delivering the only full-spectrum plant lighting. This type of hydroponic lighting system blends the blue spectrum of a metal halide lamp with the red spectrum of a high-pressure sodium lamp, offering the best of both lighting systems. • Fluorescent lights and low in intensity and emit a low temperature, making them the perfect choice for young plants. If you are growing where some natural light is available (in a sunroom, for instance), fluorescent lighting may provide enough supplemental light for all stages of growth.

Sources:,, Freedom Greenhouses.

Note that I have not included LED lighting in this article because that’s a whole other conversation that has growers split right down the middle. Stay tuned to a future column where I will attempt to make sense of the controversy and find even 3 people with the same opinion! kush Colorado 31

Grocery Shopping Stoned:: Surviving a Date w/


Grocery shopping is hard. Smoking pot is easy. BUT shopping + getting high = confusing & complicated. 32 kush Colorado

With the Happy Holidays coming in just a couple weeks, you will likely find yourself in a grocery store soon. The chaos of the grocery shopping can be pretty overwhelming as it is, but when you layer a fresh buzz on top of the giant selection and human traffic things can become quite physically, mentally, and financially taxing. So in an effort to save you from anxiety, injury, and bankruptcy we give you these 10 things to always keep in mind remember when .

grocery shopping stoned

Make a List

Your eyes are often bigger than your wallet when you are baked. You go into a store to buy a few things and come out with enough food to feed a small country. To avoid buying 3 jars of pickles and 5 pints of Ben & Jerry’s, make a list and try to stick to it!

Give Yourself an Allowance

Bring cash, and only cash. This will make it impossible to spend too much money. Leave the credit/debit cards and check book at home..

Use the Buddy System

Know the Staff

Don’t just assume that people work at the store. Be careful asking “hey where’s the ice cream?” to someone who just looks like they work there. This can be highly embarrassing.

Avoid Parking Lots

You shouldn’t be driving with Mary in the first place... but hey, it happens. If you do, try to park on a side street. Even if you’re walking, avoid the parking lot at all costs. The level and type of communication that goes down in the lot is simply not suited to the canni-brain.

It’s Not a Lounge

The buddy system is a good idea whether you’re a lady using the restroom, a kid at the county fair, or doing your shopping after a smoke session. Your buddy may save you from an unfortunate, expensive decision.

Although the elevator music and delightful smells may seem like the perfect atmosphere to keep the buzz rolling, it is in fact illegal to smoke in the grocery store. Crazy right??

Avoid the “Tractor Beam Aisles”

When the lights begin to dim and you’re the only one left in the store, trying to decide which kind of cheese would go best with your Slim Jim, Triscuits, and grape soda, you may feel a bit silly. So set a timer of the appropriate length on your cellie, watch, pager, etc.

Mind Yer Manners

The grocery store can really be a magical wonderland after you’ve smoked a little weed. I once went to the store to get some eggs & ramen (wish I could say that was in college) and ended up leaving with beef jerky, chocolate milk, a few candy bars, two jars of pickles, ice cream, etc etc. The feast that ensued was amazing, but I could not afford gas for a week... and walking everywhere in LA sucks.

It’s just not a good idea in general to tempt yourself with novelties. The candy aisle is one example... but also stay away from the frozen foods, deli, and bakery. If your list requires you to venture into these zones, then enter with caution and keep eyes on the prize. Clogging up the aisles with your cart, taking forever to order/pay, excessive staring, scaring children... all things I have been guilty of whilst shopping with Mary Jane. It’s not a good look... so watch it.

Don’t Munch n Walk

Both awesome and a bit embarrassing, eat-n-dashing happens often when on a grocery date with Mary Jane. It’s easy to forget the food in your hand has not in fact been paid for. Watch yourself... because they are.

Set an Alarm

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Holiday Recipes

with that THC Kick Added

Spending time in the kitchen is a must during the holidays—whatever holiday you’re celebrating. Here are a few recipes that have that extra, THC-kick that, also, all holidays can use a dose of. Enjoy...

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1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 4 eggs 1 cup THC oil 2/3 cup water 3 cups white sugar 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


1- 12 oz. jar of raspberry puree 1 cup raspberry vinegar 1 ½ cup THC oil 1 squeeze lemon juice Salt and Pepper to taste


In a bowl, whisk raspberry puree with raspberry vinegar. Slowly drizzle in oil, continue to whisk until dressing looks shiny, about one minute. Whisk in lemon juice, salt and pepper. Make your own combination of greens and veggies, pour vinaigrette over salad.


1 pound large mushrooms 8 tablespoons THC butter 3 green onions, minced 3 to 4 tablespoons minced red bell pepper 4 ounces crab meat 1 cup fresh fine bread crumbs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning blend 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


Wash and trim the end of stems from mushrooms. Pop remaining stem out. Chop stems and set aside. Melt 2 tablespoons THC butter; brush over mushrooms. Spray a shallow baking dish (about 8-inch square, or one which will fit mushrooms in one layer) with butter-flavored spray or grease with butter. Melt remaining THC butter in skillet; add reserved chopped stems, minced green onions and red bell pepper. Cook until vegetables are tender. Combine cooked ingredients with bread crumbs, crab meat, and seasonings.

Fill each mushrooms, piling up. Sprinkle each mushroom with a little Parmesan cheese, if desired. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes, until hot and mushroom caps are tender. Makes 16 to 20 stuffed mushroom appetizers.


7 tablespoons THC butter, divided 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, about 4 ounces 4 large eggs 1 can (approx. 15 ounces) cream-style corn 1 can (11 to 15 ounces) Mexican-style corn with peppers, drained 1 tablespoon Dijon or your favorite prepared mustard 1 1/2 cups fresh finely ground bread crumbs, divided


Grease a 2 to 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 325°. Melt 6 tablespoons of THC butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions are just tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in flour until well blended. Stir in salt, pepper, and milk and continue cooking, stirring, until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs. Stir in cream-style and Mexican-style corn, mustard, and 1 cup of the bread crumbs. Combine the cheese mixture with the corn mixture. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of THC butter and toss with remaining 1/2 cup of bread crumbs. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over the corn casserole and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until firm in center. Serves 6 to 8.

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8 ounces THC butter 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 cups finely chopped pecans sifted confectioners’ sugar, optional


Cream THC butter and brown sugar; stir in vanilla. Gradually work in flour. Mixture will be crumbly. Add chopped pecans and work into dough. Pinch off dough and roll in hands to form balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place on greased baking sheets; bake pecan cookies at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes, until firm and browned on bottoms. If desired, roll pecan cookies in confectioners’ sugar while still warm. Makes about 4 dozen pecan praline cookies.


1 large ready-to-cook smoked ham, about 12 to 16 pounds Glaze: 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 2 tablespoons corn syrup or Lyle’s Golden Syrup 4 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons THC butter 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon or gourmet mustard, your favorite 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 2 tablespoons water


Heat oven to 325°. Line a roasting pan with foil. Wrap the ham in foil, keeping the ham fat side up; place it in the bakingpan.Bake for 18 to 20 minutes per pound, or until a meat thermometer or temperature probe registers about 145°.

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Meanwhile make the glaze. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, THC butter, mustard, and vinegar. Stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Add water and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove the foil from the ham and remove excess fat. Score the ham all over the surface, creating a diamond pattern. Return to the oven and continue baking to about 155 to 160°, basting with the glaze mixture frequently.

BRANDY BUZZED FRUIT CAKE Ingredients (brandy soaking takes several days) 8 ounces diced candied orange peel 8 ounces diced citron 8 ounces diced pineapple 8 ounces diced fruitcake mixed fruit 4 ounces whole red candied cherries 4 ounces whole green candied cherries 1 cup currants 1 cup golden or dark raisins 1 cup chopped dates 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup brandy or good bourbon 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground mace 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup plus 6 tablespoons THC butter, room temperature 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed 5 eggs, separated 1/2 cup molasses


This batter is quite heavy, but a heavy-duty stand mixer can handle it. Mix the fruit in a large bowl with the orange juice and brandy. Stir gently and set aside to marinate for a few hours. Generously butter bottom and sides of two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans and line them with parchment paper. Butter the paper thoroughly. You can use brown paper for this if you don’t have parchment paper. Sift the flour with the spices twice. Add the baking powder and salt and sift again. Put the butter into a large mixing bowl and cream until smooth. Add sugar; using an electric mixer, cream until light and fluffy. Beat the egg yolks slightly and then add them to the bowl. Mix the batter well before you start to add the flour and spice mixture. Stir the batter as you add the flour, a little at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the flour is thoroughly incorporated, add the molasses and stir. Finally, stir in the fruit, along with any soaking liquid left in the bowl. Put the egg whites in a stainless steel or glass bowl and beat with a clean beater to stiff peaks. Fold them into the batter thoroughly and then spoon the batter into the prepared pans. Cover loosely with a clean cloth and let the batter sit overnight in a cool place to mellow. On the next day, heat the oven to 250°. Place the fruitcake on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. After 1 1/2 hours, cover the pan with a piece of brown paper (do not use foil) or set the pan in a paper bag and return it to the oven. When the cake has baked for 3 1/2 hours, test the with a toothpick or cake tester. If the tester comes out of the center of the cake clean, the cake is done. Leave the cake in the pan and set on wire rack to cool. When the cakes are completely cooled, turn out of the pans, leaving the paper lining on the cake. Wrap the cake with parchment, then foil, and pack the cake in a tin. Homemade fruitcakes need air, so punch a few holes in the lid of the tin or set the cover loosely on the tin. Set the tin in a cool,

undisturbed place, and every 3 or 4 days before Christmas, open the foil and drizzle a small amount of bourbon or brandy over the cake. The liquor will keep the cake most and flavorful and help preserve it as well.



1 cup heavy cream 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract


In a blender, combine heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, instant coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Blend on high for 20 to 30 seconds. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Shake well before serving.

Chef Herb bio: Chef Herb has created recipes to

inform and educate people on how to cook with THC. His test kitchen has come up with recipes from basic to gourmet! He has taken some of his best creations to share with you on DVD. You and your friends can see first hand how to cook with herb. So, take a look at the web site to place your orders and find new recipes from time to time, and hope you enjoy cooking with THC.

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"His" Guide To Shopping Organic

Organic Beer


You’ve already been about partaking from what grows in the ground for some time now, we’d wager. So it’s only natural that your penchant for leafy greens would extend to all apects of your life, correct? That’s why we’re making it easy for you with our guide to gearing it up, green-style (stylishly, may we add)—no strenous thinking required!

American Apparel

Overlooking the amateur porn-esque advertising campaigns, American Apparel was already socially conscious (manufacturing everything in a sweatshop-free downtown LA warehouse) even before launching its organic cotton line. Long sleeve and short, crew neck, collared and v, lounge pants and track jackets—AA’s organics cover the staples in the usual range of fun, sometimes funky, colors while keeping prices as low as its non-eco items.

Origins For Men

Wild hops can’t be broken? Oh, they can. Organic beers are all the rage, even brewski giant Anheuser-Busch has tapped into it, releasing a few varietes onto the market (Wild Hop and Stone Mill). But for those who prefer sticking to the microbreweries, West Coast spirits purveyor Hi-Time (we thought the name was quite appropriate for you, dear reader) carries 40 to 50-plus organic beers to choose from. But what does organic mean, when applied to brew? It means that none of its ingredients were grown with harmful pesticides or ground water-damaging fertilizers. We like Grand Teton’s Au Naturale Blonde Ale, because who doesn’t like a natural blonde, and Bitch Creek, because it’s funny.

Patagonia You have a beard, smoke for the same reasons that the “Native Americans do” and would love to attend that yearly New Mexican wilderness-based yoga retreat. Where do you shop? Why, Patagonia, of course. Not only does this purveyor of outdoor gear have many a fleece to choose from (and of course, organic cotton to layer with), keeping you warm on those cold desert nights, it also uses recycled polyester. This means that soda bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments are given a new life at Patagonia. As dedicated to the outdoors as you are, Patagonia also donates a portion of its sales to a variety of environmental groups and is working towards creating a Patagonia National Park in South America.

Arbor Snowboards

Since its inception in 1990, Origins has been committed to creating high quality, 100-percent natural and organic products. Recently, it instated a “return to Origins” recycling program (most cosmetic containers are not recycled curbside) and an ongoing Plant-A-Tree program. Aside from its green philanthropy, Origins also makes some pretty damn good products, specifically for the menfolk. Favorites include the Skin Diver, an ultra-manly dark gray body wash containing deep cleaning, active bamboo charcoal; and the Easy Slider pre-shave oil, with folical-softening organic seasame and jojoba oils.

Venice, CA-based Arbor is eco all the way. Boards (both snow and skate) are made with FSC-certified, sustainable wood, 98-percent of its apparel is made from bamboo, and 5-percent of the company’s profits are donated to organizations like Surfrider, The Nature Conservancy and American Forests. Arbor boards are always recognizable—most designs leave the wood grain visible, which not only looks super awesome, but also reminds the rider (and all around him) how socially responsible they are. Does that sounds sarcastic? Because, we’re totally serious, bro.

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With majestic Mount Sopris in the background, the small mountain town of Carbondale, Colorado, is a favorite spot for outdoor sports enthusiasts, artists and families looking to live in a place where the main street is actually called Main St. and their children go to the same schools from Kindergarten all the way to high school. Located 30 miles from Aspen, this picturesque hideaway boasts world-class fly fishing, snow skiing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and sweeping views of the Rockies that give new understanding to why John Denver spent a career writing love songs to a stretch of country.

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Carbondale is one of five towns that make up the Roaring Fork Valley, which include Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt and Glenwood Springs. Of the five, Carbondale has historically been one of the more progressive. Aspen is an interesting melting pot of the super rich and regular-guy/gal locals who spent their lives someplace else and, like John Denver, found the place and never looked back. One bartender who has lived there for 30 years once said to me, “My worst day in Aspen is always better than my best day in L.A.” It’s easy to see why people who live there don’t want to leave. They run on a seasonal work schedule and when the tourism is gone, they are free to travel the world or stay put and enjoy the mountains sans hordes of tourists. Carbondale is for everyone and most would agree is where the “cooler people” live. They love their annual Mountain Fair, have a dedicated indy radio station, believe in the independently owned coffee house and are proud of their local artists. So it’s no surprise that when the first medical marijuana dispensary showed up in the Valley, it was in Carbondale. Medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Colorado won a vote of confidence from the state health board when it voted to reject a five-patient limit on medical marijuana “caregivers,” as they are referred to in Amendment 20. Colorado voters passed the amendment nine years ago, authorizing patients with certain conditions, including HIV, muscle spasms and chronic pain, to use medical marijuana as long as they get a doctor’s approval

and register with the state. The law permits patients or their designated caregivers to grow up to six marijuana plants or possess two ounces of usable marijuana. Dispensaries are a legitimate business, registered with the state and local jurisdictions for tax collection purposes. Owner of Colorado Mountain Dispensary in Carbondale, Joey Jones, 24, suffered a serious back injury and was diagnosed with a degenerative disc. Doctors initially prescribed pain pills, but Jones sought out the alternative of using marijuana after learning that it is legal for medical use in Colorado. The decision to open a dispensary in Carbondale was easy for Jones, as he had been forced to travel hundreds of miles to Denver or Boulder to legally procure his medicine. According to Jones, the city embraced his venture and his business is thriving. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said there are no statistics indicating any increase in crime in areas where medical marijuana dispensaries are located. He has said he does not have any issues with the local dispensary, as long as they operate within Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. As of latest record, there are more than 50 dispensaries operating in Boulder alone, according to U.S. News & World Report. An estimated 10,000 people are registered in Colorado to use medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation and that total is expected to rise to 15,000 by year’s end, according to the state health department.

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A Guide to Rolling Papers

The Wacky Tabacky ::



An array of rolling papers can be purchased at head shops, tobacco stores, mini markets, and on the internet. Rolling papers are small sheets, rolls, or leaves of paper that a consumer can buy for rolling their joints. In its basic form a rolling paper is a strip that can be customized to any form, shape, or size, and sold in lengths of 70mm- 110mm and a range of widths.

The Rolling Paper guideline is as follows… Free burning (thick), Medium weight, Light weight (fine), and Extra thin (extra fine).

Thick papers are often referred to as free burning, and are easiest to learn to roll with. They also come in handy when rolling marijuana that is moist to the touch. Papers that are thin allow air to pass through when you inhale, which causes the paper to burn slower. A thin rolling paper will usually go out within a few seconds if not inhaled, or if placed in an ashtray. The preparation of marijuana prior to rolling is always important. Invest in a grinder and your joints will burn evenly. A grinder will also do away with those annoying stems that can poke holes in your rolling paper. If this does happen to occur, you can take a piece of another paper and use as a bandage. The gumming on paper (which allows paper to stick once moistened) can be all natural gum or a cheaper imitation. Some 42 kush Colorado

rolling paper is un-gummed, in which case you would use more saliva to moisture than you would with a gummed paper. A drop of honey can be applied to un-gummed rolling papers, by using only a fine drop to stick. Always use natural or gummed types, and go with thin, natural slow burning paper selections whenever you can. One of the easiest ways to test rolling paper is by performing what is called ‘The Match Test,’ and is as simple as striking a match to the paper, and seeing how much ash is left over. “If a paper fails to pass the match test, we don’t carry it,” says Ken of Klear is a brand that comes in Plain (non-flavor), Blueberry, Grape, and Peach. The consumer gets 20 booklets with 48 leaves in each booklet for $28.85, as well as Elements, which is an ultra thin rice paper (40-50 leaves per packet). This is considered the highest quality paper using a sugar based glue and burns with almost zero ash, and you get more leaves than most brands. Longer, rice-based rolling papers are also often used to make spliffs or used by connoisseurs for cigarettes of the highest quality.

All the Zen, Elements, Rollies, Chills, RAW, Brown Sugar and flavored and printed papers use natural gums which are perfect for vegan and environmentally friendly minded customers. They are great to roll with and continually offer a smooth smoke from start to finish.

RAW papers are so thin its translucent brown with a sugar

based glue gum. Made of rice, flax these papers are natural, unbleached, and chemical free. RAW is said to be the healthiest, is extremely easy to roll with.

Zen is available in a mass of sizes with normal to thin

papers that burn very evenly and leave no aftertaste. Zen is a very popular brand, and extremely wonderful to use.

Joker is a friendly paper, a little thicker and only

come with 24 leaves per booklet. Joker has been around forever, and a lot of hippies still roll with Joker.

Zig Zag’s are a more expensive standard commercial paper that is not the best of quality, however, Zig Zags are readily available pretty much at any mini store market, and they are very easy to use. Juicy Jays are hand packed, and deliciously designed

to enhance the natural flavors of your smoke. Jamaican Rum, Bubble Gum, Very Cherry, and Banana are only a few of the many flavors they have to offer.



are flavored tobacco leaves which could make for an unpleasant spark if you’re not a tobacco user. You can rub these in your palms and your skin will naturally moisten the wrap if it feels dry to the touch, and come in a great assortment of flavors including Cognac and Strawberry.

Hempire is made up of 100% pure hemp, and uses natural glue, no chemicals, and is slow burning. You get 32 leaves in a packet.


are the first rolling papers to be in booklet form, and are very easy to roll with.

Randy’s Wired rolling papers are very thick, which supports the wiring process with a lot of glue to hold the wire in, which allows the user to hold a much smaller roach, and makes for an easy pass. Not exactly the healthiest, but fun to use. Then come the Clear Papers, with brands like Klear, Glass, Prizm, etc., these are especially marvelous because you can see your beautiful buds inside the clear paper, which is really cool, and they offer a nice slow and even burn. Clear papers are non-plastic, biodegradable, and offer a sweet taste on the lips, compliments to the Glycerin factor which by the way is very safe and useful. All clear brands are essentially the same as they are made up of cellulose mainly from trees or cotton. It is essential when rolling with these papers that you provide extra moisture, or they will come undone. The whole paper can be licked by doing what is called a ‘wet down’ where the joint gets moistened quickly in the mouth. You can do this trick with any papers to establish a slower burn, but it is especially necessary to add a lot of moisture to your clear papers. The clear compacts around your buds and provides a very tight pull, quite different than your standard white paper, and has a tendency to go out more regularly, but these are safe and fun. Other uses for rolling papers include…Improvised and inexpensive band-aid to stop bleeding. They can be used as an instrument by themselves; by folding it and using it as a flute, just as one can with grassstraws, thin candy wrappers or other thin plastic.Wind instrument players like to use rolling papers as a blotter to remove moisture in keypads or joints. Clarinet players use it to protect their lip by rolling in half and putting over their two front bottom teeth.Rolling papers make great improvised lens cleaners, a little trick I learned as a photographer years ago. This is not something you want to do a lot of, but it does clean the lens.

Chills Alien can be found in 100 leaf packets and are 1 ½ wide x 2 ¾ (70mm long) among other sizes. Buglers are popular in U.S. prisons and among

low end rollers.

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Colorado Concert Mashup: Dec 7th - Jan 7th

The holidays are a very busy time. Between traveling, buying presents, and building snowmen there’s little time for one’s basic aural needs. Take your mind off of those X-mas lists and Frosty lookalikes for at least one night this season and get that multi-eargasm experience that you’ve been longing for. Here is a roundup of shows that are more worthy than buying that greedy sibling/child/friend of yours an extra present:

Train, Uncle Kracker - 12/8/09 @ Ogden Theatre (Denver)

3oh3! - 12/19/09 @ the Fillmore Auditorium (Denver)

Hey, soul sister, follow me! Currently touring the US together, Train and Uncle Kracker come to Denver’s Ogden Theatre with their bluesy country twang that truly warms the searching soul. Both have a long line of hits under their belt, and hearing songs that were once grossly overplayed on radio can be pretty damn fun to sing along to.

Doing a flip flop with Flobots, these Boulder natives round out a year that has seen them absolutely EXPLODE, at the Fillmore in Denver. The emo-thrash-rap-punks have kids around the world doin’ “the Helen Keller”, and for good reason. A talented couple of dudes that put on a really fun, high energy show that’s definitely worth seeing. or

Miranda Lambert - 12/9/09 @ the Grizzly Rose (Denver)

Young Dubliners - 12/15/09 - 12/20/09 @ Various Locations

She’s beautiful, talented, and successful. Miranda Lambert was once famous in a small town, and is now famous worldwide. Ever since winning the bronze medal on the TV show Nashville Star in 2003, Lambert has been doing back flips across the country billboard top 40 with three #1 albums, 2 Grammies, and a slew of other awards.

These celtic rockers have been doing their thing since 1988, and with a newly released album, Sinners and Saints, they are playing shows in Grand Junction, Fort Collins, Aspen, Evergreen, and Red Cliff. Check their website or myspace for specific dates.

DJ Z-Trip - 12/11/09 @ Ogden Theatre (Denver) As an original pioneer of the mashup, Z-Trip has been dubbed one of the greatest live DJs in the world, “godfather of the mashup”, and the original Girltalk. He’s been remixing and mashing for over a decade, and always brings the heat in his live show. This is one of those shows where you should plan on dancing the night away with a glowing face boner.

Binary Star w/ Whiskey Blanket - 12/11/09 @ Fox Theater


Many hip hop heads have sorely missed the duo of One Be Lo and Senim Silla that makes up Binary Star. After their 2000 hit album Masters of The Universe, the two emcees parted ways and did their own solo things. But now, after a 10 year hiatus they are back performing a series of live shows for fans that hopefully haven’t forgotten who they are. This is their last scheduled show, with unannounced plans for their future.

Flobots - 12/17/09 - 12/18/09 @ Fox Theatre (Boulder) These Denver natives are playing a series of shows throughout Colorado, including these two in Boulder along with a date in Fort Collins on Dec 11th. With rumors of the Fight With Tools follow up album coming in 2010, these are likely the last shows before the release... so they’ll probably have a grip of new material to perform.

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - 12/18/09 @ Paramount

Theater (Denver)

A fusion of bluegrass and jazz, this instrumental troupe has won 5 Grammy awards since they came about in the early 90’s. Currently on their Holiday Tour, they are also playing in Colorado City on Dec 19th.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 - 12/29/09 - 12/31/09 @ Gates Hall in Newman Center & Wells Fargo Theater (Denver) Conspiracy driven STS9 describes their music as “post-rock dance music”. They’re well known for their improvised live shows (youtube it) and have just released Ad Explorata, their newest album begging you to explore and discover the unknown and unexplored.

Pepper - 12/30/09 - 1/2/10 @ Fox Theatre (Boulder) + Belly Up


The Pepper bros from Hawaii love Colorado, and are keepin’ it cool here in CO to break in 2010. After a little bit of a touring break, their chill reggae punk vibe will be great to have back for the New Year. Hands down one of the funnest shows I’ve ever been a part of!

Greyboy Allstars - 12/31/09 @ the Ogden Theatre (Denver) Funky jazz with a boogaloo signature is quite possibly the perfect way to start 2010. If you’re not hitting a club or New Year’s party, these groovy 15 year veterans out of San Diego are your ticket to a far out night.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY The last chance to party in Colorado like it’s ought-9 is nigh. Actually, it’s NYE ... as in New Year’s Eve at the Champagne Hotel NYE 10 party at the Hyatt Denver Tech Center.

Why are we mentioning this? Because Kush-Colorado has bought in! It’s the biggest soiree in Colorado — combining five of Denver’s top promoters — and we wanted our readers to be a part of it. The Hyatt has an amazing atrium lobby and all four ballrooms at our disposal, too. The overhanging balconies, grand staircase and open feel create a new, true party atmosphere. Open to the public? You bet. And what does your ticket get you? A fair question... The highest ball-drop anywhere in Colorado, for when the clock strikes 2010. Partygoers get ‘attendee numbers’ so when anyone gets texted on the large video monitors, it can somehow still be discreet. Zodiac buttons help people find a compatible (if not permanent) soul mate. And the never-gets-old photo booth where you can preserve the union on film. More attractions are planned, as well.

When not social-network-izing, there’s the entertainment. Headlining is Body Art Zodiac Opera (see a theme??). A video VJ will spin and add, um, visuals along with “That ‘80s Band” that’ll give its unique twist to things. DJ Bedz (of the Denver Nuggets) will also man the decks. For those that partake, then special room rates are available. Avoid that DUI, yo! Tickets are $39-$49 at the door for general admission, VIP at the door runs you $69-$75 and Super VIP (you know who you are) is $150. The party starts at 9p and goes until 2a.


(Other party sponsors include KLP, Bloom, Metromix, JFly and Westword)

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Tommy Chong

Talks About A‘ bsurdity’ of Drug Laws, Touring Again, Pot in the Bible

Being a legalization advocate for a few decades takes dedication, clarity of message and relentless pursuit of the goal. So it helps to have a killer sense of humor. Cheech & Chong are synonymous with ‘stoner humor’ but it goes deeper than that. They went 25 years without performing until their reunion tour in 2008, “Light Up America” – which was hugely successful. The act has been so good for so long that it’d be easy to discount their coming tour as ‘more of the same.’ Don’t you dare. Sure, some of the highlights from albums and movies will be showcased during the “Get It Legal” tour that kicks off January 13 in Boulder, CO. And for at least 17 hilarious concert dates after that, the new stuff will be interwoven, as well. Tommy Chong took some time with us for a quick phoner before setting up some “secret” shows to help tune-up the set list. (Cheech Marin begged off the call for a ‘deposition’ – which we construed as a ‘tee time.’ Either way, Tommy knows the score...)

KUSH-Colorado: Do you think the climate is right for legalization? Tommy Chong: Absolutely. The country’s waking up after this long nightmare. Especially financially. And the country needs the income. It’s all heading in the right direction, man. ... What are you going to do? Keep putting people in jail? Kush: Boulder is the first stop for “Get It Legal”... TC: There are still a couple places in America where almost-free-speech lives. Boulder, Madison (Wisc.), Ann Arbor (Mich.). They have lots of deep thinkers when it comes to pot. Kush: Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers has advised the governor that he deems marijuana a taxable good. Do you see that as furthering the legalization effort? TC: You can’t argue with it. (Pot’s) the number one cash crop ... and we are handing (that cash) over to the gangs and the criminals. The Mexican gangs are funded by their illegal marijuana sales. We could stop it in its tracks right there. Kush: I saw that you guys were at Smoke Out (in San Bernardino, Calif.). There were a total of 30,000 people there and not one arrest. What do you... TC: I wonder why?? You see how peaceful? That’s been the problem with law enforcement and military (approach). They’re opposed to legalization because it undermines their robotic control over their troops, when you get people smoking and thinking. Kush: So when did you get your marijuana card? TC: Jack Herer and I got our cards-- drafted the first

medical cards -- together in 1999. It was a letter from a doctor that we shrunk down so we could carry it around. Kush: One of the arguments against legalization is that weed has gotten much more potent since the 70s. How would you address that point? TC: (It’s the) same thing as ‘cars got faster.’ Back in the day there were worries about horseless carriages. It’s the same kind of argument. So you smoke less and you have more! The great thing about pot is ultimately you go to sleep. You don’t die. You don’t give birth to three-legged babies. You just go to sleep. No matter what they do, they cant deny it’s a magic plant. It’s so good for you in so many ways. And its even in the Bible many times. And i believe the Bible was written by people on weed. Kush: We saw that you were on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor recently. Did Bill ever follow up on his offer to be an opening act? TC: O’Reilly tried to edit (it) to make him look good. He edited out the controversial stuff on his show. What they did was took excerpts from “Up In Smoke” to show you how irresponsible potheads are. It was really funny. I loved (doing the segment). I like going on those kind of shows even more than preaching to the choir. Kush: What’s the push, or theme, for this tour: TC: We’re promoting policy change through laughter. It’s funnier than last time we were out there. We’re going to be laughing at the drug laws. There’s so ridiculous, it’s easy.

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KUSH REALITY CHECK? Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa The Differences between Indica and Sativa Cannabis plants: by Fred Gardner

“Indica and Sativa are the two main varieties of the cannabis plant used as medicine. There are many strains that are crosses of those two varieties. Within each of those varieties and crosses there are a huge number of individual strains, each with a different cannabinoid profile and effect. According to anecdotal evidence, the Indica strains are a relaxant, effective for anxiety, pain, nausea, appetite stimulation, sleep, muscle spasms and tremors, among other symptoms. The Sativa strains are more of a stimulant, effective in appetite stimulation, relieving depression, migraines, pain and nausea.� ~The British Columbia Compassion Society 52 kush Colorado

Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis Indica



plants have less chlorophyll than the Indica counterpart. It has a higher THC content to Cannabidiol (CBD) ratio and offers a much more energetic type of mood. Sativa is used most commonly to elevate a depressed mood. Generally speaking the Sativa plant is the taller and lankier variety, reaching heights of over 5-6 meters. It is characterized by narrow serrated leaves and loose spear like flower clusters that can be extremely resinous. Primarily the effects of Sativas are on the mind and emotions. In this regard they tend to be more stimulating, uplifting, energizing, and creativity enhancing. These benefits can be particularly helpful for the psychological component of many illnesses. Sativas are generally better for daytime use.

Some benefits: Reduces depression Relieves headaches and migraines Energizes and stimulates Reduces awareness of pain Increases focus and creativity Reduces nausea Stimulates appetite

has a higher CBD content to THC ratio and induces a more relaxing mood. This is a treatment for anxiety, pain, tremors and many more applications. Indica is most commonly used to induce appetite. Indica plants are normally shorter and stockier plants, reaching 1-2 meters in height and have wide deeply serrated leaves and a compact and dense flower cluster. The effects of Indicas are predominantly physical although the relief of certain physical symptoms can have an emotional result as well. These effects can be characterized as relaxing, sedating and pain reducing. Indicas are generally best for later in the day or before bed.

Some benefits: Reduces pain Relaxes muscles Relieves spasms Reduces inflammation Assist in sleep Reduces anxiety and stress Reduces nausea Stimulates appetite Relieves headaches and migraines Reduces pressure inside the eye Anti-convulsing agent Reduces seizure frequency

However, many of today’s strains have been cross-bred between the two offering the benefits of both strains while reducing the lesser desired effects of the other. It’s up to you and your caregiver to determine what strains are best for you. In the meantime, trying a little of a lot of variety could lead you to the perfect strain for you, which like a perfect pair of jeans, is a miraculous discovery that becomes a part of who you are. kush Colorado 53

Do you remember your first time smoking marijuana? If so, what was your experience like? Yeah, I remember. There were some hippie kids next door who let me join their smoking circle. I didn’t do it right. Didn’t smoke again for 10 years. What is your ideal place to smoke a doobie? Anywhere! Fair enough.... Edibles vs. straight up smoking? How do you prefer to ingest your THC? Do you always ask questions two at a time? I like edibles AND straight up smoking! I get pills from a dispensary ... that are awesome. Favorite album or type of music to listen to when you’re stoned? I love all kinds of music when I’m stoned. Except opera. Nothing can help me get through that shit. At the end of Super High Me, your sperm count had increased, weight increased, and psychic abilities increased... thoughts? Those three things happened, yes. After the success of Super High Me, did much change for you professionally or personally? More people come out to see me in clubs, which is nice. And I have opportunities to do more movies and TV shows, which is also nice. And lots of people give me weed. Which is really nice. In regards to your creative process, in what order does your material usually come to you? Do you get more of your jokes when your high vs. sober? Jokes come whenever. But since I’m usually high...uh, I forgot the question.

Doug Benson’s lofty list of achievements should make stoners abroad dream of success and stardom. His big hit, a documentary called “Super High Me,” launched him into the mainstream back in 2007. He has also done NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” is a regular on VH1’s “Best Week Ever,” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” If you need more proof, he’s the creator/writer/star of the show and CD The MarijuanaLogues, as well as the book, “The Marijuana-Logues: Everything About Pot That We Could Remember.” In 2006, High Times Magazine named him Stoner of the Year. Doug was nice enough to take time with Kush and Daily Buds, and answer a few questions. Here’s what happened:

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When you perform your stand-up routine, are you usually stoned? What’s different for you about being high vs. sober on stage? Again with the two questions at once! People think I’m high now whether I am or I’m not, so I might as well be high on stage, right?Is there still too much regulation and do you feel like things are moving in the right direction? Things are totally moving in the right direction. Michigan just legalized medical marijuana. Michigan! It’s in the middle of the country! Can we expect any upcoming movies, projects, etc? Yeah, I’m working on tv shows and movies. Nothing I can talk about yet though. When will you be returning to the UCB on a regular basis? I do shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters (in Los Angeles) each month. Sometimes the New York UCB too! Check my Myspace for all my tour dates! Thanks! Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a bowl waiting... Ditto...

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After nearly a decade of working to prove that burlap-like hemp can be as soft as cotton, Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. has caught the attention of some of the world’s biggest consumer brands. Now it’s on the verge of generating revenue from its technology. “The company is an eight-year overnight success,” said CEO Ken Barker. The Portland, Oregon-based company this month announced a string of deals aimed at commercializing its Crailar Fiber Technology, which employs an enzyme treatment to make hemp and other organic fibers suitable for apparel and other uses. The most notable is a joint development agreement with Hanesbrands Inc., which is among the world’s largest consumer apparel brands with $4.2 billion in sales last year. 56 kush Colorado

Under the agreement, Naturally Advanced will retrofit existing Hanes dyeing equipment with the company’s enzyme process to study how its organic fibers can be entered into mainstream production. If that phase is successful, the companies will work toward a marketing plan for Crailar in various Hanes categories and determine how it could be commercialized. But whether hemp can rise above niche status to mainstream appeal will have a lot to do with cost. In a conference call with investors, Barker said that because Crailar shrinks far less during production than

cotton, the resulting savings could bring its final cost closer to regular cotton than organic cotton, which is 60 percent more expensive than regular cotton. While Barker said it’s too early to guess how lucrative the Hanes deal could become, the partnership serves as “absolute validation that our technology is viable and capable of mainsteam apparel production.” The deal was borne from successful tests conducted at North Carolina State University which, according to Barker, proved hemp can easily transition away from being a niche consumer fabric. Matt Hall, vice president of external communications at Winson-Salem, North Caorlina-based Hanesbrands, said the idea isn’t to replace cotton. But if Crailar can be commercialized, it would mean being able to produce organic fibers for everyday products at competitive prices. Hemp grows faster and uses far less water than cotton, making it a favorite among champions of sustainable apparel, which was a $3 billion international market in 2007, according to a report last year by Packaged Facts, a division of Even so, Naturally Advanced is eyeing more than just apparel markets. In what could be an equally sizable deal, the company in June signed a development deal with Georgia Pacific Consumer Products LP, which makes household paper products such as Brawny paper towels. Barker said he was prohibited from disclosing details of the agreement. It also reached a spinning and trademark licensing deal with Patrick Yarns of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, a maker of industrial yarns, to produce Crailar products for denim, work wear, home furnishings and carpet markets. The company’s also developing uses of the technology applicable to forestry pulping and as diesel fuel. Until now the company generated revenue from HTnaturals Inc., a whollyowned sustainable apparel company. Last week it announced second-quarter sales of $401,000, down from $580,000 a year ago. But now the company is shuttering HTnaturals and expects to generate its first revenue from Crailar in the next quarter. The anticipated revenue—the amount of which Barker declined to release—will be generated through a manufacturing agreement with Philadelphia dyehouse G.J. Littlewoods & Son Inc., which will produce the fabric ordered by Patrick Yarns.

“As we introduce Crailar into the market and into the industry next year, we’ll start generating the revenue everybody’s been waiting for,” Barker said. kush Colorado 57

The Real History of the Bong by John E. Phillips

The bong is probably the most popular and beloved smoking device in the history of human cannabis use. Some go as far as to name their bong. We collect and sometimes decorate our bongs, and we mourn our loss when they go to pieces. Yet, for something so precious, we know surprisingly little about the bong. And much of what we think we know about it is wrong, including the history of this wonderful device. What you might have heard: The bong is a descendent of the hookah. The word “bong” is derived from the Thai word ‘baung,’ which means ‘a cylindrical wooden tube, pipe or container cut from bamboo.’ This history was largely based on two factors. First, since cannabis is native to Central Asia, and has been used throughout history in China, it has always been assumed that the bong was invented in Asia. As the hookah uses water filtration like the modern bong, it was always assumed that the bong was developed from the hookah. (For those odd cases where this explanation didn’t work, it was assumed that straightening tobacco devices and filtering them through water led to the invention of the bong.) 58 kush Colorado

Second, although early bongs have been discovered elsewhere, it has always been assumed that these bongs were introduced to the societies in which they were found by whomever introduced cannabis. Researchers had never seriously considered that the bong might have been invented outside of Asia. It was.

The bong was invented in Africa. Previous studies of African smoking devices wrongly assumed that all smoking pipes radiated from the West Coast of Africa beginning when tobacco arrived on the continent. It was assumed that tobacco smoking spread across the savannah as a substitute stimulant for kola. Thus, whenever archaeologists found pipes in Africa, they automatically thought that the pipes were from 1600 CE or later. If this were true, it would mean that any African water pipe would be too young to have been invented before the hookah. But it was false. This theory completely missed the African cultures in the east and south that had been developing smoking devices before the arrival of tobacco. We cannot be sure when cannabis first arrived in Africa, but archeologists believe that Africans smoked cannabis long before they ever smoked tobacco. J.C. Dombrowski found evidence of the earliest African cannabis smoking in Ethiopia. Eleven pipes were located in two caves and dated to between 1100 and 1400 CE. When researchers tested the pipes, they found ample cannabis residue. Yet the official story ignored this. In 1930, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago printed a series of pamphlets about tobacco that speculated that the Portuguese brought the water pipe to the Africans from Persia. The pamphlets were later frequently used as a reference by researchers. However, this distorted guess at history was based on a belief that water pipes were recent to Africa. Archaeologists have since learned that this was wrong. But, until now, the history of the bong has never been corrected. The first African pipes were built into the ground. Lighted embers were placed in a buried bottle and hemp was placed on top of the embers. An underground duct led from the chamber to a mouth tube a short distance away. The earth pipes looked so much like the earth pipes of Central Asia, that Henry Balfour concluded that, “The resemblances are sufficiently striking and numerous to suggest that they must be explained by the assumption of a culture link between the two widely separated areas.” Of course, this meant that they were invented in Asia. He never considered an African origin.

Balfour also found a “tube pipe,” which he believed might have been the ancestor of the water pipe. Today we call it a “bat” or a “chillum.” Balfour never explained why he thought Africans would have simultaneously adopted an outdated technology if they were brought the more advanced water pipe by the Arabs. In 1924 Alfred Dunhill published a survey of the smoking pipes of the world. The book included a chapter on the widespread use of a water pipe in eastern and southern Africa that was a distinct design that he believed was the invention of the San people. Because this did not fit with the common theory, he was ignored. In 1945, archaeologist Mary Leakey found this water pipe in Tanzania. The bowl on top is connected to the water chamber in the bottom by means of a tube; the mouthpiece is on the curved neck of the gourd. At the time of her discovery, experts took for granted that Arab navigators brought cannabis and cannabis pipes to Africa during the middle of the thirteenth century. They reasoned that these cannabis pipes must have descended from Asian pipes. But this version of history never made sense. The theory ignores the fact that cannabis in Asian Islamic societies was eaten, rather than smoked, before the introduction of the water pipe in the early years of the seventeenth century. Furthermore, all archaeological evidence indicates that Africans primarily chewed and snuffed tobacco, while they mostly smoked cannabis. The alternate theory that the tobacco pipe was adapted to cannabis by straightening it out and filtering it through water was also wrong because cannabis predates tobacco in Africa.

Simply put: Africans invented the bong to smoke cannabis. As for the name, we are told that it comes from the Thai word ‘baung.’ But could the Thai instead have adopted that word from the Africans? In modern day Kenya, right where Mary Leakey found her water pipe, lives a rapidly disappearing tribe called the Bong’om. Their language is also called Bong’om. Across the continent we find Bong County, Liberia. It is named after Mount Bong. Did all of these Africans cling to some Thai word for a piece of cut bamboo? Or… could the early Thai stoners have named their most beloved device after the people who invented it? kush Colorado 59

by Holden Gray

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY AND PLAY. YOUR PLANTS ARE LISTENTING In 1973, a woman named Dorothy Retallack published a small book called The Sound of Music and Plants. Her book detailed experiments that she had been conducting at the Colorado Woman’s College in Denver using the school’s three Biotronic Control Chambers. Mrs. Retallack placed plants in each chamber and speakers through which she played sounds and particular styles of music. She watched the plants and recorded their progress daily. She was astounded at what she discovered.

Her first experiment was to simply play a constant tone. In the first of the three chambers, she played a steady tone continuously for eight hours. In the second, she played the tone for three hours intermittently, and in the third chamber, she played no tone at all. The plants in the first chamber, with the constant tone, died within fourteen days. The plants in the second chamber grew abundantly and were extremely healthy, even more so than the plants in the third chamber. This was a very interesting outcome, very similar to the results that were obtained from experiments performed by the Muzak Corporation in the early 1940s to determine the effect of “background music” on factory workers. When music was played continuously, the workers were more fatigued and less productive, when played for several hours only, several times a day, the workers were more productive, and more alert and attentive than when no music was played. For her next experiment, Mrs. Retallack used two chambers (and fresh plants). She placed radios in each chamber. In one chamber, the radio was tuned to a local rock station,

and in the other the radio played a station that featured soothing “middle-of-the-road” music. Only three hours of music was played in each chamber. On the fifth day, she began noticing drastic changes. In the chamber with the soothing music, the plants were growing healthily and their stems were starting to bend towards the radio! In the rock chamber, half the plants had small leaves and had grown gangly, while the others were stunted. After two weeks, the plants in the soothing-music chamber were uniform in size, lush and green, and were leaning between 15 and 20 degrees toward the radio. The plants in the rock chamber had grown extremely tall and were drooping, the blooms had faded and the stems were bending away from the radio. On the sixteenth day, all but a few plants in the rock chamber were in the last stages of dying. In the other chamber, the plants were alive, beautiful, and growing abundantly.

Mrs. Retallack’s next experiment was to create a tape of rock music by Jimi Hendrix, Vanilla Fudge, and Led Zeppelin. Again, the plants turned away from the music. Thinking maybe it was the percussion in the rock music that was causing the plants to lean away from the speakers, she performed an experiment playing a song that was performed on steel drums. The plants in this experiment leaned just slightly away from the speaker; however not as extremely as did the plants in the rock chambers. When she performed the experiment again, this time with the same song played by strings, the plants bent towards the speaker. Next Mrs. Retallack tried another experiment again using the three chambers. In one chamber she played North Indian classical music performed by sitar and tabla, in another she played Bach organ music, and in the third, no music was played. The plants “liked” the North Indian classical music the best. In both the Bach and sitar chambers, the plants leaned toward the speakers, but the plants in the Indian music chamber leaned toward the speakers the most. She went on to experiment with other types of music. The plants showed no reaction at all to country and western music, similarly to those in silent chambers. However, the plants “liked” the jazz that she played them. She tried an experiment using rock in one chamber, and “modern” (dischordant) classical music of negative composers Arnold Schönberg and Anton Webern in another. The plants in the rock chamber leaned 30 to 70 degrees away from the speakers and the plants in the modern classical chamber leaned 10 to 15 degrees away. In 2007 South Korean scientist Mi-Jeong Jeong claimed playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to rice plants encouraged quicker growth and blossoms to bloom earlier. The researchers claim they have identified plant genes that can “hear,” potentially allowing farmers to switch specific plant genes on and off with enormous repercussions. The results showed that sounds at specific frequencies – 125 hertz and 250 hertz - made two genes (rbcS and Ald) more active, whereas sound waves at 50 hertz made them less active. Because both are known to respond to light, they repeated the experiments in the dark and concluded definitively that the sound was causing the effect. The researchers speculated that the production of chemicals that lead to the genetic changes they observed could be harnessed to activate other specific genes that could trigger the enhanced flowering of crops. In more recent studies, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Britain’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture, has initiated a serious study investi-

gating the efficacy of talking to plants. Gardener Colin Crosby says, “We know that sounds of between 125 hertz and 250 hertz can affect gene expression in plants and help them grow, but this has only been tested using music. For the first time we will be able to advise people not only whether it’s worth talking to their plants but exactly how it should be done. We may even be able to standardize the practice by recording the perfect voice for those less confident in conversing with their plants.” Toby Buckland, lead presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World, says, “A lot of thinking behind this is that if a gardener is relaxed, it helps the plants grow better. Plants do pick up on your stress, that’s something that’s well known, and if you’re not confident, it’s as if it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy for failure.”

Professional gardener Ethan Folds says it best: “It can be a very profound and life-changing experience to become comfortable with how at ease others are in the realms of the supersensible and plant sensation. It can literally change your view of the world on a dime. Could it be that plants can truly pick up on our emotions, that they can sense our presence and react to our voices? This may be a new question for you, but how are we supposed to know unless we try? Rather than questioning whether plants are affected by sound, maybe we should be asking ourselves why they wouldn’t.”

Legalization / Legitimacy Advocates ::


The march toward legalization of marijuana is a decades-long pursuit, with some national — and highly reputable — organizations spending time and treasure to bring about change in the laws and culture. When the Marijuana Policy Project started its work in 1995, for instance, there were no legal avenues to obtain medical marijuana. Now there are 15 states with laws on the books. The MPP plans to celebrate that success at a swanky Washington, DC, event in January: “15 States in 15 Years.” The MPP focuses primarily on national political initiatives and monitoring the media with regard to medical marijuana. NORML is probably the highest-profile organization and longest running in America. Started in 1970, they pair their advocacy of decriminalization with responsible usage/distribution of marijuana. At the patient level, the Americans for Safe Access are the strongest and largest group. Advocating access to marijuana for therapeutic use and for research, the group includes patients, scientists and politicians. And in Colorado — where legalization through taxation is farthest along, politically — Sensible Colorado carries the normalization flag the highest. Their approach is to craft a workable, responsible, effective drug policy, by working to establish self-regulation standards along with outreach to politicians that can help with legislation. Along with millions of users who want responsible, crime-free access to marijuana, the political needle seems to be moving in a progressive, limited-access way. Below are summaries of each group’s focus as well as details on how to contact them or contribute to their efforts. 64 kush Colorado



Frankly put, marijuana prohibition has failed. Someone is arrested every 36 seconds in the U.S. for marijuana-related offense. 89 percent of those are for possession, not distribution or growth. The MPP coordinates ballot initiatives at the state-level. They also work fervently for the replacement of prohibition with some form of sensible regulation.

ASA takes a more scientific, patient-first approach to its advocacy work. Founded in 2002, it already has more than 30,000 members with chapters and affiliates in 40 states.

From their web site: “Because MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is prison, we focus on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.”

From their site: “ASA protects the rights of cannabis patients. We are working to change federal policy to meet the immediate needs of patients as well as create long-term strategies for safe access and programs that encourage research.”

Their web site tracks marijuana policy in all 50 states, as well as serving as a massive resource and reference point for bringing about the change to legalization. This is a nonprofit, so any donations help keep the fight going. Visit for more information and to join.

NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) Nearing 40 years of advocacy work, NORML is the highest-profile organization in America for criminal and political reform. They also have a sister organization, the NORML Foundation, that concentrates on public awareness through media, research and legal support. From their site: “Today NORML continues to lead the fight to reform state and federal marijuana laws, whether by voter initiative or through the elected legislatures.” Headquartered in Washington, DC, they have many chapters at the state level, too. As of press time, there are 13 chapters active in California and five in Colorado. An example of NORML’s work in Colorado: “COLORADO: Last week (Nov. 16) the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice recommended legislators to substantially reduce marijuana penalties so that the possession of up to four ounces of pot would classified as a petty offense. Offenses involving greater amounts of cannabis (up to 16 ounces) would be reduced to a misdemeanor. State Attorney General John Suthers told the Denver Post that he supports the Commission’s recommendations which, if enacted, would make Colorado’s pot possession laws among the most lenient in the nation.”

Their work is also political, but paramount is access to medical marijuana for patients in need.

You can join here and donate anonymously, as well.

SENSIBLE COLORADO The newest group in Colorado to tackle legalization is Sensible Colorado, whose tack is self-regulation and legislative initiatives. SC has already paired with state legislators to initiate language for the “industry’s” regulation; hence, showing the push for legitimacy should and will come from within the movement. Colorado’s next legislative session begins in January 2010, so SC is organizing, on Saturday, December 19, “a Stakeholder Meeting to craft a unified legislative agenda for 2010. In the face of a new legislative session, when numerous state officials have declared their intent to run statewide medical marijuana related bills, it is crucial that the voices of patients and advocates are not forgotten.” Please see their website for further details, especially the location of the meeting (which was unavailable at press time). From their site: “Sensible Colorado envisions a system where drug use becomes a health issue, not a crime issue, through innovative drug policy reform that focuses on prevention and harm reduction education, provides accessible treatment opportunities, and reduces incarcerations, crime, drug use by minors, and strains on the judicial system and police departments while increasing the resources available for health care and treatment.”

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Gift Guide :: That Perfect (Alternative) Something for Someone by PUMPKIN ESCOBAR

The holiday syndrome of finding perfect gifts is upon us all. But what to get? Find something special for that special someone with the help of our handy list of naughty, nifty and nice.

DOPE ON A ROPE $10 at Between toking up, freshen up with these glycerin cleansing bars. A combination of Green Hemp seed, Pure Hemp Oil, Patchouli fragrance, Patchouli Essential oil and lemongrass, this expert mixture produces a serious soap with a heady aroma.

ROLL YOUR OWN AND STAY WARM $32 at Keep your hands toasty when you are smoking outside with Tobias Wong’s Smoking Mittens. These unisex, onesize-fits-all, ambidextrous gloves have a metal eyelet through one that’s the perfect size to hold a cigarette. They’re also fire resistant, thankfully. 66 kush Colorado

BLOW UP A NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION $10 at No one gives thanks when the old fruitcake gets passed around. Skip the inedible, multi-colored brick and go inflatable. Like real fruitcake, it’s reusable, regiftable and inedible. This one is sure to get a better reception than Aunt Sally’s family recipe.

GAMING UNPLUGGED £40 (approx. $66 USD) at A new game out of the UK is kinda like Monopoly for the street. The object of “The Chaps From Amsterdam” is to sell your stash and make as much money as possible without going to jail. A board game might seem a little low-tech in a world of Wii, but the designers did a great job on the board art and the six custom-made characters. It could make for a good time whiling away in one of Amsterdam’s famous cafes.


BEAT BACK DRY MOUTH IN STYLE $8 - $30 at Leave those plastic bottles behind and move forward with a sturdy, reusable alternative. Italian glass-designers Seletti have you covered with plastic-inspired glass water bottles. Something about them makes me want to smash them … I’m not sure what. Comes with a rubber lined glass cap. Microwavable (?!) and dishwasher safe.

MIDDLE-EASTERN VIBE $80 at The Nour 24” Brass Syrian hookah is made up of a solid brass and a bell shaped glass base, with a laser-etched brass shaft and tray. Comes with a padded carrying bag for hookah-ing on the go.

THE GREEN FAIRY $3 - $6 at Since becoming legal again in 2007, absinthe has been making a serious comeback, and not just in bars. Even though this anise-flavored spirit’s psychoactive properties are disputed, the flavor is showing up in breath mints, lip balm and dental floss, among other things.

THE FLAVOR SAVER $3 - $70 at Have you ever attempted to light up and gotten a mouthful of butane or flint instead. Ew. That can’t be good for you. Bee Line Organic Hemp Wicks are an alternative to lighters and matches. Made from hemp dipped in beeswax, the wick makes for an all-natural, higher quality flame.

NUMBER TWO $10 at The word “dookie” makes me giggle like a second grader, but did you know your BMs can help you keep an eye on your health? “What’s Your Poo Telling You” is a … fascinating illustrated book and a guide to health and well-being by studying what’s in the bowl. Gross? Only a little.

Combustion is known to decrease and destroy a large percentage of your herb’s active ingredients. With a vaporizer you only inhale … well, vapor and not the burnt plant. Imagine how much better your lungs will feel. With celebrity endorsements from Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson, the fully customizable Silver Surfer Vaporizer & Oil Diffuser is an alternative to burning-then-smoking your “homeopathic herbs.”

THE ANTI-ACCIDENT $55 AUD (approx. $50 USD) Admit it: you’re a klutz or you know someone who is. And there are few things worse than bong water in your carpet. Enter Spilly: the patented spill-proof bong. Made of durable polycarbonate, it is designed to tip over or even fall on the floor with no damage to you, your stuff or the bong. Technology is sweet!

STACKS AND STACKS $12 at Bacon? Check. Chocolate? Check. Pancakes? Mmm … check! The most important meal of the day just got sweeter, saltier and smokier. For when a bowl of cold cereal just will not do for breakfast in bed (or for dinner), Mo’s Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix is all natural and all delicious.

DECORATE 420 STYLE $25 -$75 at Do you have nosy neighbors? Or maybe you wanna add a subtle allusion to the lifestyle without freaking out the nosy neighbors. Cannabis Leaf Etched Glass Window Film might be the answer. The adhesive-free cling film features “etched” leaves over a clear or frosted background. The vinyl sheets are easy to trim and to apply.

URINE TROUBLE? $150 at Hey, we’re in a recession. Jobs are scarce and the competition couldn’t be more fierce. Don’t miss out on your next employment opportunity because you couldn’t pass the urine test. The Urinator is an electronic device that uses two 9-volt batteries to maintain clean “liquid” within correct testing temperature range for at least four hours. It will keep you prepared for the pre-employment urine tests that are becoming so common in these difficult economic times. kush Colorado 67

A Sensible Conversation Sensible Colorado Founder, Brian Vicente by Heather Gulino

When Sensible Colorado founder Brian Vicente was in law school, he worked for a federal judge who believed that this country’s drug laws were flawed. Inspired by his mentor, Vicente pursued the study and investigation into laws that seemed to work for no one. Especially interested in the prosecution of minor offenders for possession of marijuana, Vicente found his path of the law and has never stopped following it.

His influence is powerful. When the Board of Health tried to have a stealth

meeting about setting guidelines to the role of Caregiver under Colorado’s Medical Marijuana law, Sensible Colorado stepped in and kept the meeting from going forth. As an advocate for patient’s rights and fair regulations on dispensaries, Vicente is helping to paint the legal landscape in Colorado. With the groundbreaking law passed in Breckenridge last month, Vicente hopes that other towns and cities in Colorado will follow in Denver and Breckenridge’s footsteps and legalize marijuana for adults, regardless of whether they use it medicinally or recreationally. The Breckenridge vote allows for an ounce or less of marijuana as well as paraphernalia to be possessed legally by adults over 21. 68 kush Colorado

Kush Colorado Talks to KUSH: Brian, tell the readers what the goal of Sensible

Colorado is.

BV: Right now we are the main resource in Colorado for

patients’ rights. We also help dispensaries understand their rights and responsibilities. Our mission at Sensible Colorado is quite simple: We want to see marijuana taxed and regulated like alcohol is for adult use.

KUSH: The Board of Health recently tried to hold a se-

cret meeting. Can you elaborate on what they were hoping to achieve?

BV: The BOH was attempting to restrict the definition of “Caregiver” as someone who supplies medical marijuana to patients. They wanted to add language saying that the Caregiver would have to provide other services as well. What those other services were to be is still a mystery because they held the meeting in secret, which is a direct violation of open meeting law in Colorado. We sued them and the judge made it very clear that they have to have public input and he ruled them in violation.

The way it stands now, the role of the caregiver is to provide medical marijuana to his or her patient and that system is working.

KUSH: Breckenridge recently voted to make an ounce or

less of marijuana legal for adults. How did the town respond?

BV: The vote passed with 71%. It was a landslide. The

business owners we spoke and worked with were behind us 100%. We hope to bring similar legislation to other towns in 2010. We’re looking at Fort Collins and Durango to start with. I received hundreds of letters and emails from people all over the country, really. People are responding and they want to see a change. Economically, it makes good sense. There’s not a state in the country that couldn’t use new revenue. This climate is tough and we are trying to help educate policymakers by proving that this is a viable business.

KUSH: What’s next for you? BV: On December 19th, we are hosting a medical mari-

juana “Stakeholder’s” meeting. It’s for anyone and everyone. We want to speak directly to people—patients, dispensary owners, advocates of all kinds—and begin to craft legislative initiatives for 2010. Everyone is welcome.

We are looking ahead. Ultimately, we would like to see a statewide initiative pass in 2012 that will legalize marijuana for all Coloradans over 21 years old.

KUSH: Taxation is a big issue. Do you find that your clients

favor it?

BV: Absolutely. Cannabis is an herb. If you go to the store

and buy Echinacea, you pay a tax. It legitimizes the business of medical marijuana and keeps everyone honest. People who oppose paying taxes on marijuana generally oppose paying taxes on other things, too. It’s more personal than sensible. (Laughs) That’s why we’re here--to be sensible and make sense of a new and changing legal direction.

To learn more about Sensible Colorado, get information on the Dec. 19 stakeholder’s meeting or to volunteer, please visit

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Dispensary Listing ADAMS COUNTY Rocky Mountain Caregivers Cooperative Medical Cannabis Collective Phone: (720) 329-5763

ALAMOSA Sensitiva

Boulder County Caregivers Medical Cannabis Dispensary and Wellness Center 29th & Valmont Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 303-495-2195

Boulder MMJ

Indigenous Medicines LLC


1200 Pearl St. #35 Boulder, CO 80302 Phone: 303-402-6975

Cannabis Centers For Alternative Wellness

Medican on the Hill 1089 13th St.

451 Santa Fe Ave Alamosa, CO 81101

1909 Broadway Ste. 100 LL Phone: (303) 732-MMJ4-U (6654)

Mountain Medicine Group

Sensitiva Holistic Therapeutics

Boulder Vital Herbs

Natural Alternative Medicine

Phone: (719) 589-0420; Cell: (719) 580-2401

ALMA South Park Cananbis Club 99 Main Street Phone: (970) 485-5263

ASPEN Alternative Medical Solutions Phone: (970) 544-8142

Locals Emporium of Alternative Farms (L.E.A.F.) Phone: (970) 920-4220

AVON Tree Line Premier Dispensary 40801 US 6 Phone: (970) 949-1887

BOULDER 420HighWays 201 E. Simpson St., Building B Phone: (720) 434-5210

AlterMeds Medical cannabis dispensary and Wellness center 1156 W. Dillon Rd. #3 Louisville, CO 80227 Phone: 303-931-6200

Boulder Alternative Medicine 1325 Broadway St., Suite 213 Phone: (720) 210-4021

2527 Broadway St Phone: (303) 440-0234

Phone: (720) 371-1564

5370 Manhattan Circle Phone: (720) 363-9877

Boulder Wellness Center New Options Wellness Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Wellness 2885 Aurora Ave Ste. 40 Phone: (720) 266-9967 Center 5420 Arapahoe Ave, Suite F Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: (303) 442-2565

The Bud

Table Mesa Wellness Center Medical Cannabis Dispensary And Wellness Center

Canna Med

4730 Table Mesa Dr. Boulder, CO 80305 Phone: 303-554-5399

1750 30th St #8 Phone: 877 420-meds


Phone: (303) 565-4019

Colorado Care Inc Phone: (303) 250-9066

Compassionate Pain Management 1116-7 West Dillon Road and McCaslin Phone: (303) 665-5596

Grateful Meds Medical cannabis dispensary 110 Snyder Street Nederland, CO 80466 Phone: 303-258-7703

Green Belly Coop Patient services cooperative Boulder, CO Phone: 720-381-6187

GreenLeaf Farmacy 1644 Walnut St. Phone: (303) 440 1323

Medicine Man Phone: (970) 453-2525

6590 South Broadway Centennial, CO 80121 Phone: 720-223-5551

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY Mountain Medicinals, Inc. Dispensary and Wellness Center 1800 Colorado Blvd., Suite 5 Idaho Springs, CO 80452 county: Clear Creek Phone: 303-567-4211

COLORADO SPRINGS Canna Caregivers 3220 N. Academy Blvd. Ste 4 Phone: (719) 597-6685

Cannabis Therapeutics Caregivers Cooperative 907 E. Fillmore St. Phone: (719) 633-7124

Phone: (970) 306-3231

Sopris LEAF

The Healing Canna

CENTENNIAL Canna Mart 8006 E. Arapahoe Ct. Suite 30 Centennial, CO 80112 303-771-1600

Tree of Wellness 1000 W Fillmore Suite 105 Phone: (719) 635-5556

DACONO Dacono Meds


571 32 Rd. Phone: (970) 609-4438

1905 N. Academy Blvd Phone: 719-574-4455

518 Wilcox Street Castle Rock, CO 80104 Phone: 303-993-3070

332 W. Bijou St., Ste 101 Phone: 719-442-6737

God’s Gift


The Lil Green House

THC (The Highland Collective)

730 Glen Creighton Drive Unit C Phone: (303) 833-2321

Colorado Cannabis Center


31 N. Tejon Street Suite 400 Phone: (719) 632-6192



Phone: (970) 704-0420

Sunshine Wellness Center

24/7 Health Care Center 3535 Walnut St. Denver, CO Phone: 720-479-8766

303 Cannabis Inc. 1800 S. Sheridan Blvd #303 Phone: 720 934-5388

985 Dispensary 985 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204 Phone: 303-446-0420

A Mile High LLC 63 West Alameda Ave. Denver, CO 80223 Phone: 303-722-3420

3692 E. Bijou St. Phone: (719) 637-7645

ADG Herbal Medicine

Nature’s Medicine Wellness Center

Alternative Medicine On The 16th Street Mall

11 S. 25th St., Ste 220 Phone: (719) 213-3239

Old World Pharmaceutical 6347 E. Platte Ave. Phone: (719) 393-3899

Pikes Peak Alternative Health and Wellness Centers 1605 South Tejon Street Ste 101 Phone: (719) 575-9835

11 W. Hampden

910 16th Street #805 Denver, CO 80205 Phone: 303-623-1900

Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hill 1401 Ogden St Denver, CO 80218 Phone: 720-961-0560

Alternative Medicine Of Southeast Denver Denver, CO 80224 Phone: 720-941-8872

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Dispensary Listing B*GOODS Apothecary

Chronic Wellness

Green Cross Caregivers

Little Brown House

Natures Choice

Denver CO 80209 Phone: 303-803-8256

3928 Federal Blvd. Phone: 303-455-6500

BC Inc.

1824 South Parker Rd Denver, CO 80231 Phone: 303-337-2229

1995 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80223 Phone: 303-282-6206

2128 S. Albion St. Denver, CO 80222 Phone: 720-447-3271

Colorado Alternative Medicine

Green Karma Medical

Little Green Pharmacy

Natures Kiss

1331 S. Broadway Phone: 303-722-2133

4332 S. Broadway Phone: 303-484-9327

Pain Management Of Colorado Medical Cannabis Dispensary And Clinic

4206 W. 38th Ave. Phone: 720-988-3184

BC Inc.

5777 E. Evans Ave. Phone: 720-323-2383

Ballpark Holistic Dispensary Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Wellness Center 2119 Larimer Street Denver, CO 80205 Phone: 720-338-5796

BioCare 2899 N. Speer #105 Phone: 303-455-3187

Boulder Vital Herbs 2527 1/2 Broadway Phone: 303 440-0234

Broadway Wellness 1290 S. Broadway Phone: 303-997-8413

Canna Health 3033 S. Parker Rd #720 888-420-4204

2394 S. Broadway Phone: 720-379-7295

Phone: 303-815-1585

Colorado Cannabis Solutions, LLC

3222 S. Vance St #230

Local Caregivers of Colorado

The Healing House Pharmacy

5316 Sheridan Blvd. Denver, CO 80214 Phone: 720-233-5482

1842 S. Parker Rd. Denver, CO 80247 Phone: 702-323-0974

Colorado Patients First

Herbal Connections LLC


2209 W. 32nd St. Phone: 720-327-9409

4101 E. Louisiana Ave. Phone: 720 470-2762

Delta 9 Caretakers LLC 2262 S. Broadway Denver CO 80210 Phone: 720-570-2127

Denver Relief 1 Broadway Denver, CO 80223 Phone: 303-420-MEDS

Denver Patients Group

Canna Med 6855 Leetsdale Dr. Phone: (877) 420-meds


1750 30th St. #8 Phone: (877) 420-meds

Cannabis For Health 1221 Pearl St. Denver, CO 80210 Phone: 720-296-7563

Cannabis Medical Technology 762 Kalamath St Denver, CO 80204 Phone: 303-912-2013

Cherry Creek Health 155 Cook St. #150 Denver, CO 80206 Phone: 303-388-0086

123 West Alameda Avenue Denver, Colorado 80223 Phone: 720-389-6490

1811 Hover Ste H

2863 Larimer St Denver, CO 80205

Canna Med

Green Tree Medical LLC

2828 Speer Phone: 303 433-2266

Discount Medical Marijuana 2028 E. Colfax Phone: 303-350-9333

Doctors Orders 5068 N. Federal Blvd. Phone: 303 433-0276

Earth’s Medicine 74 N. Federal Blvd. #A Phone: 720-254-0379

Elevated Medical 3660 Downing St. Phone: 303-530-4338

Herbal Remedies

Lotus Medical, LLC 1444 Wazee Street Suite 115 Denver, CO 80202 Phone: 720-974-3109

Medical Cannabis Denver

Herbal Wellness Denver

1240 S. Parker Rd Denver CO 80231 Phone: 720.629.3476

771 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204 Phone: 720-299-1919

Medical Marijuana for Wellness

3200 W. 72nd Ave

Herbal Wellness Inc

1240 S. Parker Rd #100 Phone: 720-404-3523

3870 N. Federal Blvd. Phone: 720-299-1919

Metro Cannabis Inc

Herban Wellness Inc 4155 E Jewell Ave #405 Denver CO 80222 Phone 1-877-702-4MMJ (4665)

Highland Health Medical Cannabis Dispensary

4101 E. Wesley Ave. Suite 5 Denver, CO 80222 Phone: 720-771-9866

Mile High Cannabis 899 Logan St Denver, CO 80203 Phone: 303-955-6203

2727 Bryant St. #420 Denver, CO 80211 Phone: 303-455-0810

Mile High Green Cross

Indigenous Medicines

Mile High Remedies

852 Broadway Phone: 303-861-4252

1200 Pearl St #35 Phone: 303-402-6995

4155 E. Sewell Ave Ste 310 Phone: 303-419-3896

Jewell Of Cannabis

Mile High Wellness

424 Lincoln St. Denver, CO 80203 Phone: 303-955-0701

6740 E. Hampden #100 Phone: 720-382-8516

Lincoln Herbal

1620 Market St Suite 5w Denver, CO 80203

424 Lincoln St. Phone: 303-955-0701

Natural Remedies

110 Cook Street, Suite 103 Denver, CO 80206 Phone: 303-423-7246

Patient’s Choice 2251 S Broadway Phone: 303 862-5016

Peace In Medicine Center 2042 Arapahoe Street Denver, CO 80205 Phone: 720-242-9308

Pike’s Peak Alternative Health Phone: 1605 S. Tejon #101

Rocky Mountain Medical Marijuana 1126 S. Sheridan Blvd. Phone: 303-219-4884

Rocky Mountain Ways Phone: 1391 Carr St #303

Southwest Alternative Care 1940 W. Mississippi Ave. Phone: 303-593-2931

Sunnyside Alternative 1406 W. 38th Ave. Phone: 303-720-6761

The Health Center 2777 S. Colorado Phone: 303-758-9997

The Kind Room 1881 S. Broadway Phone: 720-266-3136

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Dispensary Listing The Releaf Center 2000 W. 32nd Ave. Phone: 303-458-5323

VBM Club 6853 Leetsdale Dr. Phone: 720-941-8872

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Green Tree Medical

The Zen Farmacy

Natures Own Wellness Center

Garden Grove Organic Caregivers

323 3rd Avenue Suite #3 Phone: (303) 774-1ZEN (1936)

Durango CO Phone: 720-663-9554

Phone: (714) 590-9025

3222 S. Vance St. #230 Lakewood, CO 80227 Phone: 720-838-1652


Green Medicine Wellness

New Hope Wellness Center

2001 South Broadway Denver, CO 80223 Phone: 720-327-5613

210 Edwards Village Blvd B-110 Edwards, CO 81632 Phone: 970-569-3701

Wellspring Collective

Rocky Mountain High

1724 South Broadway Denver, CO 80210 Phone: 303-733-3113

105 Edwards Village Blvd Edwards, CO 81632 Phone: 970-926-4408

Denver (Doctors)


CannaMed USA

ADG Herbal Medicine

6855 Leetsdale Drive Denver, CO 80224 Phone: 877-420-6337

11 W. Hampden Phone: 720-278-0419 1211 S. Parker Rd #101 Denver, CO 80231

4332 S. Broadway Englewood, CO 80113 Phone: 303-564-9690

Denver (Smokeshops)


Blown Glass and Accessories 4815 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80220

Heads of State 3015 W 44th Ave. Denver, CO 80211 Phone: 303-433-6585

Mary Jayz Cool Stuff 4014 Tennyson St Denver, CO 80212 Phone: 720-855-7451

DOUGLAS COUNTY Mile High Medical Gardens Medical Cannabis Dispensary And Physical Therapy 880 Happy Canyon Rd. Suite 145 Castle Rock, CO 80108 Phone: 720-203-5450

Natures Kiss

Colorado-CHRONIX Medicinal Cannabis Community Phone: (970) 227-3366

Medicinal Gardens of Colorado 420 S. Howes St. # D (Stone House) Fort Collins State CO 80521 Phone: 970-217-0575


1030 Grand Ave. Phone: (970) 384-2026

Peaceful Warrior Medical Marijuana LLC 216 6th St. Phone: (970) 485-5286

GRAND JUNCTION Greenlight Care (mobile delivery service) Phone: (970) 609-MEDS (6337)

Herbal Paradise Phone: (970) 424-5264

High Desert Dispensary Highly Herbal 555 North Ave. Phone: (970) 778-5151

Natures Alternative 496 28 Rd. Phone: (970) 245-2680

Naturals 624 Rae Lynn Dr. Phone: (970) 424-5291

Weeds 719 Pitkin Ave. Phone: (970) 245-4649

Rocky Mountain Ways Dispensary 1391 Carr St Suite 303 City Lakewood, CO 80214 Phone: 303-238-1253

LAKEWOOD (Smokeshops) Heads of State 9715 W. Colfax Lakewood, CO 80215 Phone: 303-202-9400

LARIMER COUNTY Magic’s Emporium Medical cannabis dispensary 2432 E 13th St Loveland, CO 80537 Phone: 970-667-4325

Footprints Health 8250 W Coal Mine Ave Unit 4 Littleton, CO 80128 Phone: 720-981-2818

Colorado Medical Marijuana LLC

2 West Dry Creek Circle Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 303-625-4012

Hatch Wellness Center

2100 W Littleton Blvd Suite 50 Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 720-237-3079

720 Summit Blvd. Suite 101A Phone: (970) 668-MEDS

LAKEWOOD Rocky Mountain Ways LLC 1391 Carr St Unit 303 Lakewood, CO 80214 Phone: 303-238-1253

New Age Wellness 625 Main St. Phone: (720) 381-2581

The Blueberry Twist 725 Main St. Phone: (303) 651-7842

Herbal Medix 10763 Turner Blvd, No. 3 Phone: (303) 718-8543

Colorado Patients First


Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 303-953-9231

S.E.C.A.M. (Serving Parker, Elizabeth, Castle Rock)

Medical Marijuana Of The Rockies

1811 Hover St. Ste. G Longmont CO 80501

Green Mountain CARE

Southwest Alternative Care


Colorado Patients First



Phone: (720) 346-2772 or (303) 660-2650

1110 Boston Ave., Ste 210 Phone: (303) 260-8203

1811 Hover Ste H Phone: 303-449-1170


3624 E. Highlands Ranch Pkwy. # 105 Highlands Ranch CO 80126 Phone: 303-470-9270

Botanic Labs

AlterMeds 1156 W. Dillon Rd and McCaslin Phone: (720) 389-6313

LOVELAND MedicalM, LTD Phone: (970) 669-5105

Natures Medicine Delivery Service Phone: (970) 672-0454

Chronic Illness Alternative Medicine 129 South Cleveland Ave. Phone: (970) 593-1180



Stone Mountain Wellness

God’s Gift - Medical Cannabis Dispensary And Wellness Center

600 Airport Rd Phone: (303) NUG-WEED (684-9333) or (303) 803-3062

571 32 road Clifton, CO 81520 Phone: 970-609-4438

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Nature’s Medicine Grand Junction Contact: Dusty Higgins Alternative Medicine 1001 Patterson Rd #1 Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone: 970-424-5393

MONUMENT Palmer Divide Green Meds Phone: (303) 912-2818


Organic Solutions 356 S McCulloch Blvd Suite 106 Phone: (719) 547-5179

SALIDA Medical 420 7595 West Hwy 50 Phone: (719) 214-9515

SILVERTHORN High Country Healing 191 Blue River Parkway Phone: (970) 468-7858

Grateful Meds


110 Snyder Street Phone: (303) 258-7703

Natural Choice Co-Op, LLC


1169 Hilltop Parkway Unit 104C Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 Phone: 9708467785

Phone: (303) 258-7981 One Brown Mouse, 35 E. First St. Nederland, CO 80446

Cannabis Healing Arts Phone: (303) 258-0633

Tea Alchemy 98 Hwy 119 South, Ste 2 Phone: (303) 258-3561

PUEBLO COUNTY Grassland Greenhouse LLC Caregiver Medicinal Services Pueblo, CO 81004 Phone: (719) 671 8857

Marisol Therapeutics Dispensary/Caregiver Pueblo, CO Phone: 1-800-584-MARI (6274)

Organic Solutions

356 S. McCulloch Blvd. Pueblo West, CO 81007 719-547 5179

Rocky Mountain Remedies 2750 Downhill Plaza #205 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 Phone: 970-871-2768

TELLER COUNTY Comfort Care Centers Caregiver/Dispensary 1750 East Highway 24 Woodland Park, CO 80863 Phone: 719-687-2221

VAIL Herbal Elements Phone: (970) 331-9047

WESTMINSTER The Healing Center, LLC 8020 N. Federal Blvd. Ste 6 Westminster CO 80031 Phone: (303) 412-0200

Herbal Remedies


3200 W. 72nd Ave. Phone: 303-430-0420

Marisol Therapeutics Wellness Center


177 Tiffany Dr. Phone: (719) 547 4000 or (800) 584 6274

4630 Royal Vista Cir. Phone: (970) 222-5555

In Harmony Wellness

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