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TOMM Y CHONG

ON D ONA LD TRUMP an elevated perspective

season’s EATINGS DENVER’S B E S T BA K E R I E S FOR TR ADI TIONAL H O L I DAY T R EATS

canine SP EC I AL RE P O R T

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Should YOU put your PETS on

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Where you can legally elevate outdoors in the Centennial State.

Veterinarians, nutritionists, and scientists are studying why cannabidiol seems to be working for animals.

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editor’s

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Welcome

TO THE END OF 2016. YO U M A D E I T.

A DV I SORY B OA R D 5700 Consulting // CONSULTING

This has been one trying year, marked by events both good and bad.

Boss Tubes // GL ASS

In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s focus on the good: In 2016, we

Cannabis Clean // CLEANING

launched Sensi magazine, which connected with the Denver cannabis com-

Cannabis Insurance Services // INSURANCE

munity in a way beyond what I had imagined. In 2016, four more states

Concentrate Supply Co. //

legalized cannabis for adult use, bringing the total to eight states plus

RECREATIONAL CONCENTRATES

the District of Columbia. Once all the new systems are in place, one in

Contact High Communications //

five Americans will now have fully legal access to the healing, uplifting

PUBLIC RELATIONS

powers of the plant. The light at the end of the prohibition tunnel looks

Cohen Medical Centers // MEDICAL CENTERS

near and bright—although that light may dim a bit come January 20.

Denver Custom Packaging // PACKAGING

Because in 2016, we also elected Donald Trump president of the United States. When the president-elect takes office next month, his cabinet of

EndoCanna // MEDICAL CONCENTRATES

alarming, discouraging, enraging men (and a few women) step into posi-

ExtractCraft // AT-HOME EXTRACTION

tions that have the power to change the course of the cannabis industry.

GreenHouse Payment Solutions //

We really won’t know what’s going to happen until it happens, and I have

PAYMENT PROCESSING

given up trying to predict outcomes in the political arena.

Grofax // HEMP

But it’s the holiday season, so back to the good stuff: the spreading

Jett Cannabis // CO2 EXTRACTION

legalization landscape is making marijuana go mainstream, a cultural shift

Kind Love // CULTIVATION

that benefits us all—including our pets. For our December cover feature,

Lab Society // L AB EQUIPMENT

Sensi Senior Editor Leland Rucker focuses his special report on the promise of cannabis for pets. In the piece, he mentions watching a video of an

Loopr // LUXURY MOBILE CONSUMPTION

arthritic 15-year-old dog playing and roughhousing like she was 10 years

LucidMood // TERPENES

younger. I’m proud to say that’s my pup. I started Izzy on a CBD regimen

marQaha // SUBLINGUALS/SPRAYS

a few months ago and the difference is just remarkable. Whereas she used

Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser //

to rarely get out of her bed, she’s back to her playful, alpha self—and all

HOME EDIBLE MACHINE

thanks to a few drops of RxCBD tincture on her morning meal.

Mountain High Suckers // CBD EDIBLES

We didn’t include any CBD pet products in our first Rocky Mountain Gift Guide, but we can’t think of a more perfect gift for your furry family

Neos // BHO VAPE PENS

members. For the humans on your list, we rounded up some Colorado-wor-

Purple Monkey // TEAS

thy items, not all of which we could fit in the magazine. For the full gift

Rx CBD // CBD PET TREATS

guide, check out SENSIMAG.COM. There, you’ll also find an extended interview

Simply Pure // MEDICAL DISPENSARY

with Tommy Chong, who sat down with Sensi’s Randy Robinson just two

Steepfuze // CBD COFFEE

days after an election that left a good portion of us reeling.

Terrapin Care Station //

Which brings me back to my original point: 2016 has been one hell of a year. If you’d like to join me in bidding it good riddance, Team Sensi

The Clinic: The Bank Genetics // GENETICS

will be at City Hall on New Year’s Eve for the special Higher Society

TinctureBelle // TOPICALS

event. Let’s toast to new beginnings. Bring on 2017.

M E D IA PA RT N E RS National Cannabis Industry Association Students for a Sensible Drug Policy Women Grow

Cheers! Stephanie Wilson EDITOR IN CHIEF @ STEPHWILLL

Wana Brands // EDIBLES

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THE NE W N O R M A L

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TOAST TO THE

HIGH LIFE This holiday drink isn’t exactly a “cocktail”—there’s no alcohol in it. But it’s certainly not a “mocktail,” thanks to the elevating effects delivered by the THC. So let’s call it what it is: a delicious, festive beverage that pairs well with the holiday season. The special, uplifting ingredient: cannabis-infused ZootDrops. ZootDrops come in two flavors/feelings, each delivering a different elevating experience. The Lemon “Kick Back” Relaxation drops combine THC with the soothing properties of chamomile and green tea extracts. The Mandarin Lime “Yippie Ki-yay” High Energy version brings caffeine derived from green coffee bean extract into the mix of all-natural ingredients. Both versions are delicious additions to any beverage concoction—especially this special seasonal recipe created by the masterminds at Zoots just for Sensi readers.

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider with ZootDrops S E RV E S F OU R

FESTIVE DISPLAYS OF R A DIANT L IGHTS A BOUND IN AND AROUND DENVER THIS MONTH. HERE ARE SOME OF THE MUST- SE E FAVORITES:

City & County Building // Bannock Street WHEN : November 25 –January 1 WHY GO HERE : About 600,000 lights transform

the neo-classical building into the largest light

2 cups apple cider

display in Denver.

1 cup cranberry juice 1 cinnamon stick

Zoo Lights // Denver Zoo

¼ teaspoon whole cloves

WHEN : December 2 –January 1

¼ teaspoon nutmeg 2 slices of lemon 4 capfuls of Lemon or Mandarin Lime ZootDrops*

WHY GO HERE : Illuminated sculptures swing from the

trees and pop out of bushes throughout the 70-acre spot, which also feautres nightly entertainment, Santa

In a large pot, combine apple cider, cranberry juice, cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add ZootDrops, and stir. Serve hot. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon slices, if desired. *1

CAPFUL OF ZOOTDROPS CONTAINS 5 MG THC. ADJUST SERVING SIZE AS DESIRED; HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE NEW TO CANNABIS INFUSED EDIBLES, ZOOTS RECOMMENDS STARTING WITH NO MORE THAN 5 MG THC. THE EDIBLE RULE OF THUMB: START LOW AND GO SLOW.

appearances, and animal encounters. Bonus for 2016: a lit “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” exhibit.

Blossoms of Light

Denver Botanic Gardens // York Street WHEN : November 25 –January 1 WHY GO HERE : This traditional holiday hotspot is better

than ever this year. New elements include a massive interactive light display in the UMB Bank Amphitheater, digital projections in the Waring House Garden, and holographic illusions in Marnie’s Pavilion.

Trail of Lights

Denver Botanic Gardens // Chatfield Farms WHEN : November 25 –January 1 WHY GO HERE : At the most rustic spot in the bright

bunch, illuminated paths wind through the Colorado countryside and past a 60-foot cottonwood adorned with 35,000 lights. This year’s updated display also incorporates a magical enchanted forest and grand insect light sculptures.

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PET vacay

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During the busy holiday travel season, finding a friend to watch your four-legged family members as you jet to grandma’s can be tough. Dog Vacay has you covered. Head to the website and tap into a community of highly vetted and approved pet sitters in your area available at a moment’s notice. Read their bios and reviews, look at their photos, see their pricing, send them a question, and more before you set up a meet and greet with your pet or just go ahead and book. Your reservation, which ranges in price but typically starts around $25 per night per pet in Denver, comes with 24/7 support from the corporate site, daily photo updates from your sitter, and premium pet insurance that covers up to $25,000 in vet bills per pet. I recently entrusted my 15-year-old chihuahua to the care of a sitter named Frank near Cheesman Park. He has his own elderly pet so I knew my little old lady would feel right at home with him. Two days later, I returned and picked up one happy dog whose tail was a-waggin’. She gives two paws up to DOGVACAY.COM .

Back in the medieval times, caroling was known as “wassailing.” Wassailing happened in apple orchards as much as in front of people’s homes. Why wassail in the apple orchard? Traditionally, at the end of the year, farmers would load up on apple cider, then sing praises to the apple trees. In return, the trees would provide a bountiful harvest. This holiday season, you can reconnect with this tradition by unwrapping an Apple Cider Sea Salt Caramel from Rebel Edibles and wassailing with family and friends. These all-organic confections, with 8 mg THC per serving, ooze the juices of the orchard’s most valued prize, with a smidge of Saigon cinnamon and sea salt for a truly mouthwatering experience. That ought to be more than enough to get grandma and grandpa singin’ along, too. –R ANDY ROBINSON

–SW

GIVING SPIRIT OF THE SEASON

EDITOR ’S

CHOICE

There’s something about this time of year that inspires people to give freely— and more than just gifts. The holidays move people to give their time, their attention, their friendship, their love. And this year, we all could use a little more

Best Day of the Year

of that in our lives. Struck by a need to give back, Heidi Keyes of Colorado Can-

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nabis Tours and Puff, Pass & Paint went looking for a way to donate her time

Why’s that, you ask? Because it’s always

this season and discovered VOLUNTEERMATCH.ORG . The website, she says, “con-

darkest before the dawn. December 21 is

nects you with opportunities in your community where you can be a positive

the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the

influence. You can volunteer at a pet shelter, or with the homeless, or with at-

year. In Denver, we get some 5 hours and 38 minutes less daylight on December 21

risk youth, or at an after-school program. Most of the opportunities are flexible and only require an hour or two a week.” When she posted her find on Facebook, the community-minded message struck a chord. “Everyone started shar-

than we do on the Summer Solstice in June.

ing their own stories, and I thought that was really cool,” she says. “There are so

So December 21 is the last day we lose light,

many different ways to get involved, and it helps with that feeling of helpless-

and from then until June, we’ll continue to

ness that I think a lot of us are experiencing right now.” Whether you’re moved

bask in more and more daylight every sin-

by the holiday spirit or by the need to be a positive local force in the face of

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nationwide turmoil and negativity, the end result is the same: volunteering can make a difference in the lives of the people and the world around you. –SW


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{ perspectives } by LEL AND RUC K E R

COMMUNIT Y MINDED High-minded businesses support nonprofits and charitable events around the state. Cannabis has been legal for three years in Colorado, and dispensaries, grow operations, edibles manufacturers, and

Joe Hodas of DIXIE BRANDS says it also tries to support

a budding tourist industry are all becoming part of the cul-

a number of local charities, mostly ones that the company

tural landscape. But as a friend wondered recently: How are

and employees feel close to. “Last year we did the Food Bank

cannabis companies giving back to the communities from

of the Rockies, packing boxes of food,” he says. “One cause

which they are profiting?

that we really support is veterans with PTSD, which is near

It’s a fair question, and it brings up another. How can a company selling or working with a product that has been

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young people in Denver.

and dear to our heart since we have a product that we think can help with PTSD.”

demonized for a century and continues to be illegal on the

Since medical marijuana is something that’s being used

federal level support and become part of the larger busi-

to combat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder,

ness community?

programs for veterans are top choices for cannabis brands

“We pride ourselves on being good neighbors,” says Meg

looking to give back. WANA BRANDS, which makes edibles, ex-

Collins, vice president of public affairs for GOOD CHEMISTRY

tracts, and medicinals, supports the Grow for Vets USA orga-

NURSERIES . “Our business is highly regulated by the state,

nization, dedicated to suicide prevention and providing alter-

we pay all required taxes, and over the years we’ve estab-

natives to prescription drugs for veterans. “It’s a small way we

lished ourselves as a respected member of the overall busi-

can give back for the tremendous sacrifices they have made for

ness community,” she explains. “To be an industry that is not

our country,” says Wana Brands’ co-founder Nancy Whiteman.

only accepted but also valued, we must extend our support

Getting products to the organization comes with its own

to other communities and causes, and must continue to

set of legal hoops. Wana can’t just drop off boxes of products

fight for other underserved communities.”

at Grow for Vets USA. Instead, Wana donates and delivers its

Early efforts to get involved were sometimes rebuffed

products to the Colorado Harvest Company so that the trans-

because of inevitable negative associations with cannabis.

fer can be recorded legally through METRC, the state’s seed-

“Initially, many nonprofits were hesitant to accept support

to-sale tracking system. Colorado Harvest then donates the

from cannabis companies,” says Collins. “As our company and

product to Grow For Vets USA, which then distributes it

our industry have become more established and respected,

directly to veterans. Whiteman says the state has been sup-

we are finding more acceptance. We would not exist without

portive of Wana’s efforts. “We were concerned about put-

the support and advocacy of others, and giving back is a pri-

ting this amount of product through METRC as ’samples,’

ority for us.”

so we reached out to the Marijuana Enforcement Division

With that in mind, Good Chemistry employees participate

to explain what we were doing, and they were completely

in AIDS Walk Colorado, One Colorado’s Ally Awards for Colo-

on board with the program,” says Whiteman. “Like so many

rado’s LGBT community, and Urban Nights, a charity fashion

things, the implementation of this program benefits from

show benefiting Urban Peak, which offers help for homeless

proactive communication and transparency with the MED.”

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Wana Brands also has a company Health and Wellness Committee to help find the right community outreach projects. The first initiative was a cleanup at the historic Columbia Cemetery in Boulder in September. “We don’t make a big deal about who we are,” says Whiteman. “But people get to talking when they work together, and we hope that it helps the broader community have a bigger picture of the industry and what we care about.” That’s one reason why you might have seen the CDOT Adopt a Highway signs supported by cannabis businesses on roadways around the state. Many industry organizations also sign up for the GREEN TEAM , founded by Denver Relief Consulting, which brings together businesses, organizations, and consumers in community volunteer projects. AJOYA recently started a campaign asking its dispensary

customers to “round up” to the next dollar. The proceeds go to the American Medical Refugees Foundation, which gives aid to the growing number of families who have relocated to Colorado in search of legal cannabis for their children or loved ones. “Cannabis is their last hope, and AMR is trying to connect them with medicine and gas and other needs, helping to create a sense of community for those people,” says Susanna Grossman, who works with Ajoya. The COLORADO CANNABIS COALITION FOR THE ARTS , which includes AJOYA , HELPING HANDS , and SWEET LEAF, held its second Wild ’n’ Free Gala and Art Auction in Boulder in October. The philanthropic event raised awareness for the Buffalo Field Campaign, an organization working to preserve the buffalo of Yellowstone National Park. “There was a need to engage the cannabis community in issues around ecology and create stronger connections with corporate social responsibility in their practices and businesses,” explains Grossman, who says future events planned around other issues are in the works. “It answers a need that cannabis companies have: finding causes that will accept their money and support,” she explains. “Some refuse to accept support.” Others, including organizations that receive government funding, aren’t able to accept donations from an industry that’s still federally illegal. Amendment 64 gave a lot of leeway for local communities to enact their own ordinances that also can prevent the companies from getting involved. But that hasn’t hindered the industry’s overall commitment to give back. DECEMB E R 2016

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{ aroundtown } by R ANDY R O B IN S ON

C ASTLE OF ROCK Just a stone’s throw from Denver, the historic Old Stone Church Restaurant answers prayers for inspired dining options in Castle Rock. Resting 30 miles south of Denver in East Plum Creek Valley sits the charming, historic town of Castle Rock. Surrounded by eye-catching rocky buttes, the enclave draws its name from a signature rock formation that overlooks it. The area was settled in the late 1800s by prospectors searching for gold. They instead discovered rhyolite, a volcanic rock that has been used in construction since prehistoric times. The town was founded in 1874, and Castle Rock has been a hub for the nation’s rhyolite industry ever since.

Resting comfortably 30 miles south of Denver sits the quiet town of Castle Rock. Founded in 1874, settlers originally came to the area

searching for gold.

The stone is incorporated into the walls of many of the homes, offices, and buildings around town—including in one of its oldest structures, an old stone church on Third Street that houses the aptly named Old Stone Church Restaurant. Built in 1888, the structure originally housed the St. Francis of Assisi Church, which for a long time was the only church in town. In 1923, Father Walter Steidle, a stone mason by trade, added the church’s namesake rhyolite vestibule by hand. The St. Francis congregation ultimately outgrew the space and moved to a new location in the 1960s, leaving the building vacant until 1975, when the church was converted to a restaurant. In 1991, current owners Jeff and Jeryn Richard took the reins at Old Stone, and the high-end eatery has been one of the town’s mainstays ever since. Today, the recently renovated space preserves many of the church’s 18

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classic fixtures: stained glass windows, plaster walls, and a choir loft remind diners of the building’s original higher purpose. Arguably the most coveted seat in the place, the confessional booth now houses an intimate table for two. Perhaps best of all, the Old Stone Church is one of those rare fine-dining establishments that’s also affordable. It’s known for lamb and seafood dishes, and the menu of “inspired American cuisine” also offers exotic shareables like the tuna wontons filled with avocado and wasabi cream. If you’d prefer something a little more down-home, try the green chili macn-cheese, a true taste of Colorado served in a setting like no other.

Old Stone Church 210 THIRD ST. CASTLE ROCK, CO 80104 303-688-9000 OSCRESTAURANT.COM

OLD STONE CHURCH :

© DANIELLE WEBSTER

Dedicated on December 16, 1888, this was the first church building in Castle Rock.

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{ ediblecritic } by JOHN LEHNDORFF

SEASON’S EATINGS The Bakery Run delivers tastes of Christmas past from gingerbread persons to Bûche de Noël.   It is the week before Christmas and all through my house

Bless you if you uphold a tradition of baking certain holiday

it’s beginning to feel festive. For some folks, colorful lights

treats from scratch. We all do our best, but many of us don’t

matter. Others insist on constant carols, poinsettias, nonstop

have enough time to do the laundry, never mind bake anything

Lifetime Channel movies, frequent Chia Pet ads, and a deco-

but cookies. If you would like to start your own Bakery Run

rated potted organic rosemary bush.

tradition, here are a few of my favorite holiday baked goods and

I follow seasonal traditions that are good for the soul and the taste buds. Each year a few days before the big day I ritually head out on The Bakery Run. I take my supplements,

{ 1 } The

do some stretches, and hit the road to visit bakeries and

WH AT TO GET:

markets in the Denver area. I look forward to good fruitcake (not an oxymoron), mincemeat cookies, and stollen, a buttery fruit bread in a powdered sugar blanket. The actual flavor of these treats is beside the point. They taste to me like December in the early 1960s in the house where I grew up, and the aromas take the expressway to my brain’s pleasure centers. The only thing infusing these baked goods is a high concentration of butter and sugar. I love that happy-frantic energy of independent bakeries right before the holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. My run gives me holiday carte blanche to drink coffee and eat pastries on the way to the next bakery. Nothing beats back the solstice darkness like a flaky chocolate croissant. I pick up treats for Christmas Eve wrapping plus panettone (a yeasted sweet bread) and pastries for Christmas morning

Bagel Store

Pumpkin cake; Rugelach (sweet dough rolled around fillings such as apricot); Almond mandelbrot (dunkable like biscotti); Challah rolls 942 S. MONACO PKWY., DENVER // 303-388-2648 DENVERBAGELSTORE.COM

{ 2 } City

Bakery

WH AT TO GET: Yule logs; Challah rolls; Gingerbread persons; Cranberry orange tea bread; Stollen with rum-soaked fruit and almond paste dipped in butter and sugar 726 LINCOLN ST., DENVER // 303-292-3989 CITYBAKERYDENVER.COM

{ 3 } Denver

3200 IRVING ST., DENVER // 303-455-7194 THEDENVERBREADCOMPANY.COM

{ 4 } Dolce

fiber. At the shops, I keep an eye out for edible ornaments,

WH AT TO GET:

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Bread Company

WH AT TO GET: Cherry walnut bread; Chewy cookies with crystallized ginger; Salty maple pecan shortbread; Diablo cookies (dark chocolate, cayenne, cinnamon, black pepper)

along with heavy, dark, chewy Slavic bread because, you know, cool stocking stuffers, and unidentifiable wrapped Russian

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a few favorite places to find them in the Denver metro area.

Sicilia Italian Bakery

Italian cookies (including pignoli); Biscotti; Panettone; Ricotta pie; Sfogliatelle (layered, filled, fried sweet pastry) 3210 WADSWORTH BLVD., WHEAT RIDGE // 303-233-3755 DOLCESICILIABAKERY.COM


{ 5 } Gateaux Frosted butter tea cookies; Bûche de Noël; Gingerbread houses; Snowman cupcakes

Bakery

Kourambiedes (powdered sugarcoated cookies); Baklava; Honey cookies

1160 SPEER BLVD., DENVER // 303-376-0070 GATEAUXPASTRIES.COM

2813 E. COLFAX AVE., DENVER // 303-394-9333

{ 6 } Hi

Gingerbread persons; Gingered Irish soda bread; Sticky toffee pudding with dates and walnuts — also a Sweet Action Ice Cream seasonal flavor; Challah; Bialys

WH AT TO GET: Pfeffernuesse cookies (allspice, anise, black pepper); Stollen; Yule logs; Kringle (pastry); Fruit-filled strudel; Springele (anise) cookies; Gluten-free and sugar-free cookies and pastries

2162 L ARIMER ST., DENVER // 303-296-3656 HIRISEDENVER.COM

5721 OLDE WADSWORTH BLVD., ARVADA // 303-467-1810 RHEINL ANDERBAKERY.COM

{ 7 } Izzio

{ 13 } Royal

Rise Bakery

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Bakery Panettone; Peppermint cake; Dinner rolls

CENTRAL MARKET, 2669 LARIMER ST., DENVER // 303-657-6111 ETAISCAFE.COM

{ 8 } Lucky’s

Bakehouse

Italian cheesecake; Frosted holiday cookies; Salted maple chocolate chunk pecan pie; Gluten-free pumpkin cake with meringue and whipped cream WH AT TO GET:

3960 BROADWAY, BOULDER // 720-596-4905 LUCKYSMARKET.COM

{ 9 } Marczyk

Fine Foods

Pecan pie with a lard-butter crust; Baked tree ornaments; Stollen WH AT TO GET:

WH AT TO GET:

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Bakery

Bakery

Russian tea cookies; Hungarian-style cheesecake; Poppy seed cake with coffee buttercream; Rum balls; Sweet yeast buns; Babka coffee cake with raisins WH AT TO GET:

9606 RALSTON RD., ARVADA // 303-940-2065 ROYALBAKERYCO.COM

{ 14 } Taste

of Denmark Bakery

Almond croissant; Coconut macaroons; Kringle; Fruit-filled strudel; Swedish Limpa rye bread with fennel seeds and orange peel WH AT TO GET:

1901 S. KIPLING ST., L AKEWOOD // 303-987-8283 TASTEOFDENMARK.NET

5100 E. COLFAX AVE., DENVER // 303-243-3355 770 E. 17TH AVE., DENVER // 303-894-9499 MARCZYKFINEFOODS.COM

{ 15 } Trompeau

{ 10 } Moxie

2950 S. BROADWAY, ENGLEWOOD // 303-777-7222 TROMPEAU - BAKERY.COM

Bread Co.

Kouign-amann pastries with persimmon, mincemeat, and sticky toffee fillings; Panettone; Blue cheese and walnut bread WH AT TO GET:

641 MAIN ST., LOUISVILLE // 720 -350-4710 MOXIEBREADCO.COM

HOLIDAY SUGAR COOKIES

This classic butter cookie recipe has been adjusted for altitude.

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Bakery

Bûche de Noël; Cranberry walnut boule; Pear chocolate croissant WH AT TO GET:

JOHN LEHNDORFF is the former Dining Critic of the Rocky Mountain News. He hosts Radio Nibbles on KGNU (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, NEWS.KGNU.ORG/CATEGORY/RADIO-NIBBLES ).

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P R E PA R AT ION :

1 cup European butter {not unsalted}

Beat together sugar and butter until fluffy and then stir in egg and vanilla. {Note: European butter has a higher butterfat content. Yum!} Add flour and baking powder gradually and optional ingredients if desired. Dough will be dry but it will moisten as it chills. Divide dough into six roughly equal parts and chill for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Roll out dough pieces in a plastic freezer bag or use waxed paper. Roll it thin if you want crisper cookies and thicker for softer cookies. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees on a nonstick cookie sheet for about 8 to 9 minutes {until slightly golden}. Makes about 36 cookies, depending on size. Frost and decorate as desired.

1 cup white sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder Optional: ⅛ teaspoon fresh lemon zest; replace ½ cup flour with ½ cup ground almonds. Other additions include a few teaspoons of mini chocolate chips or chopped pecans

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{ travelwell } by R ANDY R O B IN S ON

SOAK UP THE SPRINGS The arrival of winter brings cold temperatures with it, and the dry Colorado air can instill chills all the way into one’s core. Luckily, the state holds its fair share of hot springs, natural wells of steaming, bubbly mineral water to thaw our bones and melt our minds.

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Although some of the science behind the many health

by another name: Epsom salt, the bath crystals that can

benefits of hot springs is still being worked out, some of it is

soothe sore muscles and detoxify our body’s impurities from

confirmed. A soak in a hot spring differs from one in our

the inside out.

home bathtub or Jacuzzi because of the dissolved minerals

Which is just one reason why you should consider slip-

and ions found in the natural wells. Calcium, zinc, sulfate,

ping into any one of the following year-round hot springs

and magnesium are present in most hot springs.

locations this winter. We’ve selected some of our favorite

Those last two, magnesium and sulfate, are something

steaming spots around the state, so no matter where

we’re all familiar with. Most of us know magnesium sulfate

you may be, you can find a place to soak up the goodness.

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ST RAW BERRY PARK STE AMBOAT SPRINGS Consistently ranked one of the best hot springs resorts in the country, Strawberry Park isn’t just a warm pool of rejuvenating water. It’s practically its own self-contained community, with lodging that includes teepees, cabins, covered wagons, and even a stationary train caboose. This gorgeous resort resides deep in the Rocky Mountain forests, which gives it the feel of a sequestered, Edenic escape. 44200 COUNTY RD. #36 // STRAWBERRYHOTSPRINGS.COM

INDIAN HOT SPRINGS IDAHO SPRINGS If you’re looking for a steamy affair that’s closer to the Denver area, head over to Indian Hot Springs. These hot springs are enclosed indoors, so when you step out of the water, you’ll remain warm and cozy. The Indian Hot Springs is attached to a hotel, so it’s a prime location to stay if you plan on skiing near Vail or Aspen. 302 SODA CREEK RD. // INDIANHOTSPRINGS.COM

DE S E RT RE E F FLORENCE Desert Reef, which is located near the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, describes itself as an oasis in the Colorado desert. And this outdoor spring is located in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by only small hills and sand or snow as far as the eye can see. If you want the hot springs experience without all the frills, crowds, or even a roof, Desert Reef should be at the top of your list. It’s open in the winter, and nothing quite beats an outside hot springs experience while surrounded by fields of fluffy powder. 1194 COUNTY ROAD 110 // DESERTREEFHOTSPRING.COM

OU RAY, C OLORA DO Okay, so Ouray isn’t one particular hot spring, per se. It’s a town just a few miles out of Telluride. Ouray, however, hosts one of the largest concentrations of hot springs in the state, so there’s plenty of places to choose from. Wiesbaden Hot Springs, Twin Peaks Lodge, and Box Canyon Lodge are all within walking distance from one another. Consider a stay in Ouray if you’ve got an itch to springshop this holiday season. OURAYCOLORADO.COM/HOT-SPRINGS

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G E N T L E M E N G R O W I NG

P R O MOT ION A L F E AT URE

The Growing Solution DO WAY MORE WITH MUCH L E SS . Pesticides, herbicides, nutrients, and other prod-

helping to build the plant’s immunity.”

ucts we use to grow cannabis can get … well, com-

This all-in-one treatment not only stops pests and

plicated. We want to use products that are safe, but

mildew, it also enhances each plant’s ability to ab-

we want them to be effective, too. If possible, we

sorb water and nutrients. By opening the cell walls

want to prevent problems such as spider mites or

and expanding the cell’s vacuoles, the plant can

powdery mildew before they ever begin. We want

better deploy those nutrients throughout its stems

the strongest, healthiest plants we can grow, but

and stalks.

the chemistry of a successful grow is a careful balancing act. How can we juggle all those bottles and additives without overdoing it? The solution: Gentlemen Growing’s Solution 3. It’s an organic foliar spray designed to increase your yields, promote plant health, reduce stress, and control pest problems. Solution 3 is a nontoxic cannabis spray made with all-natural ingredients. “We harvest seeds and fruits from exotic plants in seven different regions of the world,” says Bill Monroe, the owner of Gentlemen Growing. The active components in Solution 3 come directly from nature’s versions of the superhero: extremophile plants. Extremophile plants belong to a class of incredibly hardy organisms. These organisms evolved to withstand extreme conditions—cold, heat, drought, and pest infestations—and their naturally developed defenses are traits that can be harnessed by commercial farmers and home gardeners alike.

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“Solution 3 allows the plant to utilize its natural resources more efficiently,” says Monroe. “We see

For Solution 3, Gentlemen Growing harnessed

an increase in yield because the plant is focused

those traits specifically for the cannabis plant, al-

on growing instead of managing stress. It can build

though the company does offer similar products

without worrying about protecting itself because

for other crops. “We customized the formulation

Solution 3 has natural protection built in.”

exclusively for cannabis,” says Monroe. “It’s preven-

Because every grow is unique, and every strain

tative or proactive in nature, as opposed to being

has its own specifics, Gentlemen Growing also offers

reactive like most pesticides, fungicides, and insec-

consultation services along with the solution, all to

ticides. The whole motive of Solution 3 is that we’re

help your plants reach their full potential.

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P R O MOT ION A L F E AT URE

T I NC T U R E B E L L E

Tincturebelle & Fairy Tears COLORADO M AY HAVE SOME OF THE STRONGEST CANNABIS FLOWERS IN THE WORLD, THOUGH THE STATE IS MOST RENOWNED FOR ITS EDIBLES. T I N C T U R E B E L L E , A FAMILYRUN COMPANY BASED IN SOUTHERN COLORADO, SPECIALIZES IN EDIBLES AND TOPICALS, BUT THE COMPANY’S FLAGSHIP ITEM IS SOMETHING WE DON’T OF TEN HE AR ABOUT. We’re talking about tinctures.

up while building their tolerance without getting over-

TinctureBelle’s tinctures are double infused, once

whelmed. Start low and go slow.

with full flower and again with non-BHO cannabis oil,

Along with the tinctures, TinctureBelle also specializ-

the most potent form of cannabis. Cannabis oil con-

es in handcrafted edibles. All TinctureBelle edibles are

tains massive amounts of cannabinoids, terpenes, and

made with non-BHO cannabis oil, so these morsels pro-

flavonoids, which work together to deliver health ben-

vide the same cannabinoid-packed effect as the notable

efits through the “entourage effect.” A patient takes tincture sublingually, by putting the drops under their tongue, so the medicine bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into the blood stream for quick, effective relief. “When it comes to cannabis, we need many different

“ W H E N I T C OM E S TO C A N N A B I S, W E N E E D

ways to take our medicine,” says Char Mayes, the found-

M A N Y D I F F E R E N T WAY S TO TA K E O U R

er of TinctureBelle. “Different delivery systems work for

M E D I C I N E , ” S AY S C H A R M AY E S, F O U N D E R

different people. Tincture works perfectly for me.”

O F T I N C T U R E B E L L E. “ D I F F E R E N T D E L I V E R Y

It may sound counterintuitive but Mayes recommends tinctures for patients who have either incredibly high or incredibly low tolerances for cannabis.

S Y S T E M S WO R K F O R D I F F E R E N T P E O P L E . T I N C T U R E WO R K S P E R F E C T LY F O R M E .”

Tinctures offer a mellow and relaxing feeling, not a

tinctures. The company offers an assortment of choco-

strong, come-on-quick high. Unlike edibles, which can

lates, spreads, and hard confections available both me-

take a while to kick in, tinctures work fast, and the ef-

dicinally and recreationally, so there’s something that

fects can be felt in minutes. “With a tincture, within 20

appeals to practically every person’s palette.

minutes you can feel if you need to take more,” says

The Mayes family also handcrafts several topical

Mayes. The doses also can be more accurately mea-

products, including lotions, salves, soaps, bubble bath,

sured, and patients have an easier time gauging if or

and other rubs that can work wonders on various ail-

when they may need more.

ments. Topicals deliver dermis-penetrating cannabi-

Tinctures are best used for relief of mild pains such

noids mixed with carrier oils directly to the skin, so us-

as minor headaches, cramps, or digestive upset. If you’re

ers can reap many of the healing benefits of cannabis

looking for a strong psychoactive effect, you won’t find

without experiencing the uplifting, psychoactive effects.

tincture to be the correct delivery system for you.

TinctureBelle uses a non-BHO cannabis oil paired with

Since cannabis oil alone can be incredibly powerful,

other essential oils and organic herbs that offer the

Mayes advises new patients who need to take raw oil

most effective relief for pain. TinctureBelle’s topicals

or oil-infused foods for debilitating diseases or ailments

are fast-acting and discrete, Once you try one, you’ll

first start with tinctures. They can then work their way

wonder how you’ve gone on so long without it.

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LU C I D M O O D

P R O MOT ION A L F E AT URE

Choose Your High LUC I D M O O D BLENDS THC, CBD, AND TERPENES FOR A BRIGHT, FUNCTIONAL HIGH. You know the feeling. You’ve just smoked or vapor-

read conflicting stuff and said, ‘You’re a scientist. Should

ized, you’re falling into a nice buzz, feeling relaxed and

I be concerned and intervene or should I just let it go?’”

creative. Then suddenly you begin to feel paranoid or

Jones began researching the topic and stumbled

the need to huddle up in your bedroom by yourself.

across research that CBD, a compound in cannabis, can

“The problem is we have this amazing plant that el-

mitigate the lethargy, paranoia, and memory-impairing

evates your sense of well-being and offers a variety of

effects of THC. “I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, we could

mood-enhancing effects,” says Charles Jones, CEO of

create a more enlightened form of cannabis—one that

LucidMood. “But the negative side effects put a real

offered the elevation without the stupefaction.” He put together a team to test the hypothesis, and a few months later the company began testing it on other people. “Almost everyone loved it, and not one person reported a negative side effect,” Jones says. “We were amazed.” The company did a survey of current and former users to see how many experienced one or more of the negative effects they had eliminated. They found that 82 percent would prefer cannabis that was free of these negative side effects, and that many former users would be interested in returning to cannabis use if they could be assured that they would not experience any of the stupefying effects that caused them to quit in the first place. Jones wants to make the mood-enhancing benefits of cannabis available to as wide an audience as possible and has gone to great lengths to make his product

damper on your ability to enjoy it. So when I discovered

accessible. “Walk into any dispensary, and you’re con-

how to get rid of the negative effects of cannabis while

fronted with a menu of strains with names like ‘Durban

keeping the positive, I knew we had something that

Poison,’ ‘Gorilla Glue,’ and ‘Day Wrecker.’ This is not our

would appeal to a wide range of people, and I formed

idea of user-friendly. So, instead, we name our products

a company to commercialize the discovery.”

in such a way that you know exactly how you are going

LucidMood offers four “moods”: Energy, Relax, Bliss,

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to feel when you consume them.”

and Focus, with more on the way. Lucid Mood is avail-

When asked whether he considered this a ‘medical’

able as a disposable vape pen or a prefilled vape car-

or ‘recreational’ product, he replied: “Both. For exam-

tridge. The company plans to release a fast-acting ed-

ple, we have several customers who use LucidMood

ible in the first half of 2017.

Bliss to relieve their chronic pain when they are at work

The company became a reality quite by accident.

as well as several golfers who take a sip of Relax when

Jones is a behavioral scientist researching mood, emo-

they are sinking a putt. With four moods—all which

tions, and emotional stress. “A parent called me worried

keep you functional and sociable—the possibilities are

about her child using cannabis,” Jones says. “She had

endless.”

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The Power of the Coupon by Andre Leonard of LeafBuyer

I N 18 87, C O C A - C O L A S H O O K T HE R E TA I L W O R L D. T H AT ’ S W H E N ATL ANTA BUSINESSMAN ASA CANDLER, WHO ESTABLISHED THE C O L A C O M PA N Y, I N T R O D U C E D T H E W O R L D ’ S F I R S T C O U P O N , A TRUE GAME-CHANGER IN THE ADVERTISING WORLD. TICKETS IN HAND, EXCITED CONSUMERS FLOCKED INTO ATLANTA PHARMACIES FOR A FREE GL ASS OF THE NEW COLA ( NORMALLY 5 CENTS ), AND THE DRINK’S POPULARITY EXPLODED. SINCE THAT DATE, BUSINESSES IN ALMOST EVERY INDUSTRY FROM GROCERY STORES TO HOTELS HAVE JUMPED ON BOARD THE COUPON TRAIN.

AS THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY GROWS, SO DO T H E N U M B E R OF NICHE EXPER TS WITHIN IT. FROM TOP-TIER DISPENSARIES AND EXTRACTION BRANDS TO EDIBLE MAKERS AND MARKETING S P E C I A L I STS, T H E S E CO M PA N I E S A R E I N C R E D I B L E S O U R C E S O F I N S I D E R I N FO ABOUT THE TRENDS AND ISSUES DRIVING THIS THRIVING MARKETPLACE FO RWA R D. SENSI

Today’s legal cannabis companies are simply the latest to discover this power.

ASKED THE TOP LEADERS IN A

Let’s imagine a dispensary named “JJ’s MJ.” Now, JJ’s may advertise bold dis-

VARIETY OF SECTORS TO JOIN

counts for a host of reasons. Coupons can help push out those expiring brown-

T H E S E N S I A DV I S O RY BOARD.

ies or the new vape pen that simply will not sell. Limited-time offers also grab

EACH ISSUE, WE ASK ADVISORY

consumers’ attention, so JJ’s can ignite a word-of-mouth wildfire about its PHO

BOARD MEMBERS TO SHARE

shatter. JJ’s regulars love these coupons. On the other side of the counter, Bob-

S O M E O F THEIR KNOWLEDGE

by, JJ’s top budtender, loves seeing coupons come in the door. He knows that

WITH OUR READERS IN THIS

coupons not only strengthen customers’ connection to JJ’s but certain ones

D E D I C AT E D S E C T I O N . THIS

(such as “Spend $50 and Get a Free Joint”) also help boost the average spend

MONTH, WE HEAR FROM THE

and, as a result, Bobby’s reputation.

EXPERTS AT LeafBuyer AND

Most of all, coupons bring in brand new customers. People are naturally risk-

Denver Custom Packaging.

averse and avoid new brands to prevent the pain of wasting money. Coupons reduce this fear and nudge curious prospects into becoming consumers. Using coupons as a business strategy today is an especially smart move given that everyone seems to be using them. While the stereotype of the elderly female coupon clipper still exists, research from NCH Marketing Services reveals that Americans of all ages are passionate about discounts. In fact, millennials, more than any other age group, claim to search for discounts before making a trip to the store. Chances are that you already have one or two default websites you use to find your deals. All of this raises the question: if you are a retailer, what are you waiting for? Coupons are a great deal on both sides of the register.

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Why Packaging Matters by Rao Murukurthy of Denver Custom Packaging

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND PICTURE A PRODUCT YOU LOVE. THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT CAME TO YOUR MIND IS THE PACKAGING. IT’S WHAT HELPS A PRODUCT CATCH YOUR ATTENTION ON A CROWDED SHELF. FOR MANUFACTURERS, IT’S WHAT HELPS THEM COMMAND THE PRICE THE Y WANT. THINK ABOUT IT : THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A $20 LOTION AND A $200 VERSION IS, BY AND LARGE, THE PACKAGING. THE BIGGEST COMPANIES IN THE WORLD SPEND AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF TIME AND MONEY DEVELOPING PACKAGES THAT WILL HELP THEIR PRODUCTS STAND OUT AND THAT WILL ENHANCE THE E X P E R I E N C E O F P E O P L E W H O USE THEIR PRODUC T. T H E R E’S A R E AS O N WHY WE DON’T BUY MILK IN BAGS OR ICE CREAM IN TUBES —THOSE PACKAGING OPTIONS WOULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT AND LESS ENJOYABLE TO USE THE PRODUC TS INSIDE. For all the progress we’ve made in the cannabis industry, the product packaging is truly behind the curve. We all know about the regulations around child safety that cannabis product manufacturers must be mindful of, but that doesn’t change the fact that the majority of packaging in this industry is ill-suited for the products and consumers. I've interviewed several cannabis consumers about packaging design, and their feedback suggests that they want manufacturers to do better. Much better. “I can’t reach my fingers into the bottom of the pop-top canister, so I have to dump everything out to get to my weed.” “I hate that my keef clings to the side of containers.” “I can’t get into the products, and I’m buying them to help with my arthritis/pain.” “I hate that these containers aren’t sustainably produced and I can’t recycle them.” These were some of the top complaints. But a few people even mentioned how weird it is that cannabis products come in the same type of container that used to hold their beloved Pogs back in elementary school. I've asked branding professionals from other industries on their impressions of the state of cannabis packaging, and they were not impressed, to say the least. “It looks like the industry is stealing bottles from an automotive shop, and that isn’t helping to legitimize the products. It’s just so unconsidered,” said one who works in consumer products. “Everyone using the same packaging is absolutely ridiculous; it’s like they’re all fighting to be the generic cola instead of Coke,” said another who works in the food industry. With Colorado at the forefront of development in the cannabis industry, consumers here are no longer impressed just because they can legally buy products that will get them high. Their expectations are rapidly shifting, and they now expect beautiful products with high-quality ingredients and the same type of sophisticated, considered, sustainable packaging they would find in the grocery store or the beauty department. We are demanding more and the people who win our business will be the people who get that right.

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Get into the SPIRIT of the HOLIDAYS with this collection of GIFTS for EVERYONE on YOUR L IST this season. Griffin iTrip Clip $19.99 // GRIFFINTECHNOLOGY.COM

Does your bestie have a junk drawer full

H IGH GIF T GUIDE

obsolete with the introduction of the iPhone 7? Bring those jacked headphones back to life with this $20 Bluetooth adapter. It pairs any set of headphones to a smartphone—even to those jack-free new devices that force you to use a dongle adapter to plug in your corded earbuds. Which means this is also the perfect gift for that coworker who “literally just can’t” whenever someone uses the word “dongle.”

by STEPHANIE WILSON

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Show your leading lady you care about the quality of her rest—it is the foundation of good health after all. Part of a limited-edition collaboration between Morgan Lane and famed British doll designer Amanda Fatherazi, who is lauded for her couture embroidery and intricate, small-scale designs, this silk-charmeuse eye mask reflects an elevated attention to detail. The long-lashed tulle eyes are topped with beads so tiny they won’t cause a Princess and the Pea-type situation. 36

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ROCK Y M O U N TA I N

of cords and headphones that are basically


Let’s be honest,

WE ALL COULD

U S E A L I T T L E M O R E C H E E R . T H I S Y E A R , YO U M AY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT. IT MAY SOUND CRAZY BUT SHOPPING CAN HELP WITH T H AT— I F YO U ’R E S H O P P I N G F O R O T H E R S . T H E A LIMAGE COURTESY OF JUNIPER BOOKS

T R U I S T I C T R A D I T I O N O F H O L I D AY G I F T - G I V I N G I S SHOWN TO IMPROVE PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH. WHEN YOU GIVE WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN, YOU’RE SHOWING YOUR GRATITUDE FOR THE PEOPLE I N YO U R L I F E A N D S T R E N G T H E N I N G YO U R B O N D S . W AT C H I N G S O M E O N E O P E N T H E P E R F E C T GIFT YOU PICKED OUT GIVES YOU A FEELING OF SATISFACTION. THAT SAID, FINDING THAT PERFECT ITEM CAN BE STRESSFUL. TO HELP, WE COMPILED A ROUNDUP REPLETE WITH HIGH-TECH CONTRAPTIONS, THOUGHT-PROVOKING OBJECTS, RETRO-COOL GADGETS, AND HEART-WARMING COMFORT ITEMS.

Juniper Books Mountaineering Set $295 // JUNIPERBOOKS.COM

Go ahead, judge these books by the cover. Colorado’s own Juniper Books offers

Loopy Mango Her Beanie Kit

covetable sets of books that beg for

$65 // LOOPYMANGO.COM

prominent display, boasting intricate cover

For the creative types on your list, this artisanal DIY beanie

designs united by custom jackets. The

from Loopy Mango is a sure hit. The beginner-friendly knitting

Boulder-based brand makes diverse sets

kit comes with a ball of thick merino wool yarn made in Key

ranging from Hemingway, Orwell, and

Largo, Florida, as well as birch wood circular knitting needles

Austen to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

and an easy-to-follow pattern. After just an hour or two of

If you’re in the holiday spirit, the Christmas

effort, your crafty friend will have created a one-of-a-kind

Classics set from Penguin ($195) includes

accessory to keep her warm this winter.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol, and other holiday favorites. But we’re guessing you know a Coloradan or two who would climb a 14er in a blizzard to get their hands on this incredible Mountaineering Book Set, with custom jackets featuring an original

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illustration. Some of the titles included in the anthology: Hermann Buhl: Climbing without Compromise by Reinhold Messner and Horst Höfler, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, and The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains by Barry Blanchard.

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Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide White $239 // LOMOGRAPHY.COM

Capture the excitement of the holidays. Instant gratification is the name of the game, and there’s nothing like the tangible, even in the digital age. Which is why we’re gaga for the Lomo’Instant photos—double the size of the on-demand snapshots produced

Crosley Radio Bermuda Turntable

by the Instax Mini, the must-have, hipster-favorite camera of

$249.95 // CROSLEYRADIO.COM

holidays past. This updated creative gadget boasts a slew of

“Retro cool” has never sounded or looked so good.

exposure settings, filters, and lenses, which earned it the Editors’

This modern two-speed turntable, based on 1960s

Choice award for instant cameras by PC Mag. Both aspiring and

British Dansette models, is portable and powerful.

inspired shutterbugs in your life will thank you—especially if

It’s stylish enough to stand on its own, or remove

you also wrap some film and AA batteries to go with it.

the legs and make it the centerpiece of a room’s

Wide. The modern take on the instant camera provides full-sized

decor. It’s perfect for the vinyl-loving folks in your life who you’ve heard rant about the decay of music quality in the age of iTunes and Spotify. IMAGE COURTESY OF NORDSTROM, INC.

S’well Destination Bottle — Aspen $35 // SWELLBOTTLE.COM

Plastic may be forever, but the landfill filler isn’t celebrated the same way a diamond is. Which means your friends don’t want plastic water bottles for Christmas, but they would appreciate one of these stainless steel bottles by S’well, which pays homage to the Sawatch Range of

Bow & Drape Throw Pillow

Aspen, Colorado.

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time to snuggle. Show your appreciation for your

It was a rough year, we all struggled. Now it’s holiday host with this sequined accent pillow.

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Get your grow on. House some succulents. Tend to some ferns. Or order this with your friend’s initial on the monogrammed wood stopper

Sunnylife Donut Candle

so they can enjoy the greenery.

$21 // SUNNYLIFE.COM

Given the natural variation of the

For that coworker who always has the midday

wood, each monogram will be as

munchies but swears her New Year’s resolution

unique as the person you gift it to.

will be no more sweets, this whimsical oversized candle smells like cinnamon biscuits—sure to help anyone stick to their carb-free plans.

Level 1 Interpening Course $125 // TRICHOMEINSTITUTE.COM

For the serious cannabis connoisseur, consider a gift certificate for the interpening course by Trichome Institute. Interpening—a term that comes from “interpreting terpenes”—is like the cannabis equivalent of an intro wine sommelier course, where the students learn the tools to better assess the flavor, quality, and effects of the elevating substance. The two-hour class, led by Denver-based cannabis expert Max Montrose,

Pyle Doggy Fun

calls to aspiring and experienced bud-lovers both

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near and far: in the class Sensi attended, students

Four-legged friends also want in on the gifting fun—especially

had traveled from places like Tuscan, Boston,

since your hectic holiday schedule means you're almost never

Washington, and Alaska to soak up knowledge

home. Make it up to Fido by training him to use this simple

about this budding legal industry.

automatic ball launcher, which helps run your pooch ragged even if you’re not around to throw the ball. Just promise us you’ll also

give your furry bestie some extra love come January with some in-person cuddle action and extra-long romps in the snow.

Pillowfort Gold Star Teepee $89.99 // TARGET.COM

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Chronicle Books Cats on Instagram $16.95 // CHRONICLEBOOKS.COM

QBracelet with iPhone Charger

This is the purrfect gift for your sister, who

$149 // QDESIGNS.CO

Wrap a wrist with one sleek, high-wattage accessory. The bracelet has a built-in Apple Lightning connector to charge the iPhone of the power-

thinks cats are like potato chips because “you can’t have just one.”

hungry, fashion-forward femmes in your life. Perfect for your girlfriend who always claims she didn’t text back because her phone was dead.

The Legendary Underground Game of Zonk

Cannabis The Card Game $29.99 // CANNABISTHECARDGAME.COM

If your family is anything like mine, you’ve shared

$40 // GAMEOFZONK.COM

Started in the 1970s as a cannabis version of drinking games, this

some inappropriate laughs during rounds of

college favorite has one goal and one goal only: to get everyone lifted.

Cards Against Humanity. (Turns out my father

Players collect points by rolling colored dice. Every 1,000 points nets a

has a raunchier sense of humor than I thought

“hit” off of the players’ preferred smoking device. Every box of Zonk

possible.) Now that cannabis is legal for adult

comes with a pad of score sheets that not only keeps track of points,

use in eight states, it’s time to introduce your

but also records any humorous phrases uttered during the game, as

loved ones to an uplifting action card game

well as whatever music was playing in the background. “This allows

that's billed as fun, witty, and slightly twisted.

for some wonderful reflections when looking back upon past games,”

One sample fill-in-the-blank card: “I call Sativa

says the Zonk rule sheet. Because, let’s face it: you’re probably not

the ‘smart people’s pot.’ Smoking it makes you

going to remember most of your Zonk sessions.

feel like ______.” Our favorite answer card of

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the boxed bunch: “Studying for your drug test.”

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get

out!

Where you can legally elevate outdoors in the Centen nial Stat e. by RANDY ROBINSON

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three years

H AV E

PASSED SINCE COLORADO’S C ANNABIS WENT LEGAL—ON A STATE-WIDE LEVEL . IT’S STILL FEDERALLY ILLEGAL. CURRENTLY, 40 PERCENT O F C O L O R A D O I S FEDERAL L AND. THE ONLY OTHER STATE WITH M O R E F E D E R A L L A N D S, BY PERCENTAGE, IS AL ASKA. SO TECHNICALLY, C ANNABIS IS ONLY L E G A L I N A L I T T L E M O R E T H A N H A L F T HE S TAT E . For campers, hikers, skiers, and other nature enthusiasts, enjoying cannabis outdoors can pose quite the conundrum. Many resorts and campgrounds are on federal land, so cannabis is not legal there. Since these outdoor excursions tend to be far from any prying eyes, many of us don’t mind bending the rules. A quick toke on a nationally protected hiking trail never hurt anyone, right? Some, however, do care about the rules. Fortunately, for everyone, there are plenty of places in Colorado that are both outdoors and privately owned— and many of these private sites allow cannabis use. Here are some places to consider for your next getaway.

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Rustic River Cabins ESTES PARK, COLORADO RUSTICRIVERCABINS.COM

The Estes Park area started as a tourist town in the late 1800s. Its 7,500-foot elevation was too high for farming, so its founders decided it was best put to use for commercial lodging. While staying here, F.O. Stanley, the namesake of the world famous Stanley Hotel, invented the steam-driven car and the first photographic dry plate process. Stanley, like many of Colorado’s early visitors, believed the thin, clean mountain air in Estes Park would treat his ailments. Considering he survived nearly three decades after receiving a tuberculosis diagnosis, there may have been some truth to that belief. Today, you can enjoy that same life-sustaining breeze in between puffs of your favorite flowers. Located in Big Thompson Canyon about four miles from the center of Estes Park, Rustic River offers seven all-season, pet-friendly cabins on 16 acres. The cabins, circa the 1940s, house between two and eight people and definitely instill that old-timey feel, but they come with all the modern comforts: queen-sized beds, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, full kitchens, and fireplaces for cozying up in the winter. Feel free to venture out to a wilderness rife with hiking trails, fishing spots, and non-cabin campsites. Cannbis use is allowed anywhere on the property outside of the cabins, and you’re allowed to vaporize indoors.

Wilderness Bud and Breakfast PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO SOUTHWESTWILDERNESSEXPERIENCE.COM

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and about those

SKI R E S ORT S Almost half of Colorado is federal land. Most ski areas are parked on those very same federal lands, which means cannabis is technically a no-no on these slopes. Although I would never advise anyone to get elevated then fly down a crowded mountain trail at high speeds, there’s nothing that says you can’t responsibly elevate in the privacy of your own lodge. There’s a number of ski-in/ski-out properties around Breckenridge, Crested Butte, and other mountain towns that are 420-friendly, but you’ll need to find them on your own. And wouldn’t you know it, here’s a list of websites that can connect you to these cannabis-permissible lodges: BUDANDBREAKFAST.COM TRAVELTHC.COM COLORADOPOTGUIDE.COM/MARIJUANA-FRIENDLY-HOTELS

Enjoy, and stay safe { and legal }.


Blue Sky Mountain Ranch BLACK HAWK, COLORADO BLUESKYMOUNTAINRANCH.COM

Sometimes it’s nice to just escape without the rugged tussle of a DIY camping trip. Blue Sky Mountain Ranch is a private estate replete with several large bedrooms (including a master suite spanning two levels), a massive kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and multiple decks with breathtaking views— including a redwood sundeck with hammocks, chaise lounges, and a six-person hot tub. The estate is surrounded by 120 pristine acres of trails, forests, open space, and—for extra-responsible sportspersons—an outdoor shooting range. ATV tours, archery, and even wine tastings are available here. Blue Sky is basically a getaway spot that’s out in the middle of nowhere yet only 45-minutes from Boulder or Denver and about an hour or so from Colorado’s most pristine ski resorts. The nearby town of Black Hawk offers an entire strip of casinos for those who want to test their luck. However, most visitors never leave the property, because there’s more than enough to do on the site. Guests may vaporize anywhere indoors, and smoking is allowed on the decks, patios, trails, and campsites.

CanyonSide Campground BELLVUE, COLORADO CANYONSIDECAMPGROUND.COM

Most people have never even heard of Bellvue, CO, much less traveled to it. The Bellvue area used to be

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a bison hunting ground for the Ute and the Arapaho. Today, it’s best known for its goat farms. Many of the buildings standing today in Bellvue were some of the first built by settlers in our state. Chilling about an hour out from Fort Collins, CanyonSide in Bellvue has camping, kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, and fishing all along the Cache La Poudre River. If trout fishing is your particular forte, you should know there’s plenty here, since the Division of Wildlife runs a trout hatchery nearby. And best of all, cannabis is allowed anywhere within the campground’s boundaries. CanyonSide likes to keep things safe and comfortable, so they’re only open from May to September. It’s never too early to start planning your next summer adventure.


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J U S T A F E W Y E A R S AG O ,

Dr. Steven Smolen

WOULD BE THE LAST PER-

PUPPY S O N YO U M I G H T T H I N K O F T O P R E S C R I B E A C A N N A B I S R E M E DY F O R D O G S . F O R Y E A R S , D R . S M O L E N , A V E T E R I N A R I A N , D E A LT W I T H A N I M A L S I N M O N TA N A A N D C O L O R A D O

B R O U G H T I N T O T H E E M E R G E N C Y R O O M F O R SY M P T O M S O F T H C T OX I C I T Y A F T E R G E TT I N G I N T O T H E I R G U A R D I A N ’ S S TA S H . “A S A V E T, I ’ M L O U D A B O U T T H E FA C T T H AT T H C I S N O T W H AT YO U WA N T T O G I V E YO U R D O G F O R M E D I C I N A L P U R P O S E S ,” H E S AYS .

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PYPOT Anecdotal SUCCESS STORIES abound, and veterinarians, nutritionists, and

scientists are studying why CANNABIDIOL seems to be working for ANIMALS.

ROMISE CBD for pets

of

Today, Smolen runs the Animal Hospital of Telluride,

demonized on a federal level for nearly a century.

and he has seen a lot of positive results in his canine

The cannabis plant includes many chemical com-

patients using CBD products for pain relief, treatment

pounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids affect the

of different neurological conditions, seizure control,

endocannabinoid system, a group of receptors in hu-

and cancer. “The CBD thing is a whole different animal

man and animal brains involved in processes like

that uses the medicinal aspects of the plant,” he says.

appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory.

“We’re not at the point that we’re treating the animals

The best-known cannabinoid is THC, or tetrahydro-

exclusively with CBD, but it plays a role. It’s used as an

cannabinol, which is associated with the “high” that

adjunctive treatment for chronic pain.”

many users seek. Another cannabinoid is CBD, or can-

The distinction between THC and CBD is a critical

nabidiol, which is generally associated with the me-

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CBD alone won’t get anyone “high.” The cannabidiol for CBD products is derived from the hemp plant.

within ten minutes she’s now lying on the floor happy and peaceful and lovely.”

Hemp, by definition, has no more than 0.3 percent THC,

I got interested in this subject after watching a

whereas most recreational marijuana in Colorado is

friend’s arthritic, 15-year-old Chihuahua running

16 percent THC or higher. Though some vets and nu-

around and playing with other dogs like she was ten

tritionists prefer products with a 20-1 CBD/THC con-

years younger after getting a tiny dose of CBD oil

centration, all the people I spoke with for this piece

daily. Anecdotes like these are exploding around the

give their pets hemp-based products with little or

country, mostly from people who, like Gold, couldn’t

no THC.

find the relief they were seeking for their pets from

Veterinarians, for the most part, are leery about the benefits of CBD for animals, but, like medical doctors

mainstream medicine. So, like medical marijuana for humans, CBD treat-

with humans, they are seeing more people asking

ment for animals, for the most part, is still happening

about CBD biscuits, edibles, tinctures, and capsules

outside the medical establishment. The Federal Drug

for their pets to help treat pain and symptoms of ar-

Administration warns on its website that it “has not

thritis, seizures, loss of appetite, separation anxiety,

approved marijuana for any use in animals, and the

nausea, and other ailments.

agency cannot ensure the safety or effectiveness of

And success stories continue to pour in. Candida Gold lives in rural Colorado with Lally, a 12-year-old

these products. For these reasons, FDA cautions pet owners against the use of such products.”

shepherd/golden retriever/wolf mix who has an un-

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

controllable fear of thunder and lightning. Gold had

to Animals lists marijuana as a toxic plant to dogs, cats,

visited doctors and tried everything available, includ-

and horses, but only includes Cannabis sativa, which is high in THC and not prescribed by doctors for animals. Its website doesn’t mention CBD or hemp at all.

The most important first step is to get everyone, vets and guardians and the general public, to understand the difference between THC and CBD.

Most mainstream veterinarians argue for caution until more studies, research, and clinical trials are completed. Today, CBD is being championed by converted veterinarians, product manufacturers, and distributors, most of whom take a holistic approach to their patients’ welfare. Stephen Katz is a veterinarian and Republican New York State assemblyman representing the 94th District. He sees patients regularly, mostly dogs and cats but also horses and cattle, for ailments ranging from anxiety to uncontrollable itching and mobility issues associated with arthritis and hip dysplasia. Over the years, Katz developed various formulas for the treatment of his four-legged patients as he gained some notoriety. In 2012, the assemblyman voted against legalized marijuana in New York. Then on March 24, 2013, he was arrested with three grams of marijuana in his car. He was given a ticket, and, he says, had an epiphany that led him to rethink his

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ing thundershirts, to calm Lally’s symptoms but found

treatment formulas. He developed a formula for an

none that really worked, and the prescribed antianx-

industrial hemp-based CBD treatment, with added

iety drugs left the dog doped up and listless. Desper-

trace cannabinoids and various compounds to target

ate, she began giving Lally a small dropper of CBD

specific conditions.

tincture on a piece of chicken whenever storms were

Katz partnered with Denver-based Dixie Brands to

around. “Where before her body would be trembling,

create the Therabis product line, which is sold across

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using it anyway. You can use it and not feel like you’re going to hurt anything,” Smolen says. Still, it’s important that people know what they’re getting. Which, until we have solid standards and regulations and more research, is an ongoing concern. Debbie Cokes is CEO of Olathe, Colorado-based RxCBD, a line of pet products for dogs, cats, horses, and rats. “Pet owners should know when they read a label what the concentration of CBD is,” she says. “Right now in the CBD arena, sometimes I can’t even tell what the

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Many people who give their pets her products are facing challenges that haven’t been addressed by traditional medicines. Still, she takes a conservative approach when it comes to dosing recommendations. “We aren’t vets. We talk to vets and encourage them. We have drawn a line in the sand and recommend a moderate dosage. We won’t go past that.” Smolen agrees that standard dosage levels and regulations are necessary. As it is, he collaborates with other veterinarians using CBD. “It’s helped in develop-

the country. “All of us involved in this product are dog

ing dosages for pain management. When it comes to

owners,” says Joe Hodas, Dixie Brands chief market-

dosages for cancer and neurological disorders, we’re

ing officer. “It makes us feel better as humans to help

still shooting from the hip. There’s a lot more info we

animals. This was a product that filled a gap. Some of

need to better use it.”

the feedback we get is very emotional.”

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Cokes gets requests from guardians who have pets

For the Therabis line, Katz says, “CBD and canna-

that have been diagnosed with cancer and have few

bis form the base formula, and we’ve added other

options left. She explains that CBD products can offer

compounds to make the results even stronger for the

some relief but cautions against promising more

clients.” He’s involved in a clinical study at the Uni-

than can be expected. “It is doing the cannabis indus-

versity of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medi-

try and customers a disservice to overpromise, espe-

cine on the use of cannabinoids and dogs, and the

cially since the research is not yet there.”

results are expected within the next year. “There are

The most important first step is to get everyone,

now clinical trials looking at how it might affect MS

vets and guardians and the general public, to under-

and tumor formation as well as its antimetastatic,

stand the difference between THC and CBD. “We’re in

anti-inflammatory potential capabilities,” he says.

the embryonic stages in regard to veterinary medi-

“It’s being studied intensively.”

cine, and Colorado and California are 20 years ahead of

Smolen says he understands the reluctance of the

everybody else,” says Katz. “It’s all a matter of educa-

medical establishment to endorse these medicines.

tion. My task and responsibility for the next few years

“Honestly, we don’t know,” he says. “The first research

is to educate my colleagues and the public.”

is coming out, and there are so many questions about

Cokes hopes that the industry will begin collaborat-

dosages and which conditions respond to it and which

ing in Colorado to come up with standards, oversight,

don’t. We don’t have a lot of data we need.”

and regulations that let consumers know exactly what

Though most business owners say that about 30 per-

they’re getting. “The National Hemp Association, among

cent of clients who give their animals CBD treatments

others, is encouraging development of standards that

or foods report no difference and discontinue using

are robust enough to hopefully establish some degree

them, nobody I spoke with has encountered any nega-

of self-regulation. It will make our industry stronger

tive side effects. “Since it’s fairly benign, people are

and be a service to consumers.”

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P R O MOT ION A L F E AT URE

HIGHER SOCIET Y NEW YEAR’S EVE at

CITY HALL

I F YO U A L R E A DY H AV E N E W Y E A R ’ S P L A N S,

CANCEL THEM.

T H I S I S O N E PA R T Y YO U W O N ’ T WA N T TO M I S S. It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Luckily, it’s about time to bid 2016 farewell, wipe the slate clean, and start fresh. After the year we’ve all just endured, we’ve earned the right to ring in 2017 in elevated style, surrounded by good people— friends, neighbors, and strangers who come together to form an impromptu community of fun-loving revelers who want nothing to do with the “amateur night” New Year’s Eve parties can be. If that sounds like a community you’d like to be a part of, plan on toasting to the future with us. On December 31, Sensi and City Hall are teaming up to present Higher Society New Year’s Eve. Tickets start at $25 for general admission, $75 for VIP—and those are selling fast. VIP passes gain you early entry to the venue for an inti-

H IGH E R S O C I E T Y NE W Y E A R’S E V E WHEN: 9 p.m. December 31

’til we’re sure 2017 is here to stay WHERE: City Hall, 1144 Broadway, Denver TICKETS: General Admission, $25 presale

VIP, $75 presale. VIP doors open at 7 p.m. ONLINE: BIT.LY/HIGHERSOCIETYNYE

mate discussion and meet and greet with the evening’s special guests: visionary artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. Known for creating incredibly rich and complex psychedelic “mindscapes”— scenes from awakened imaginations—the multitalented Greys will center their discussion on how cannabis influences our world and perceptions. The VIP portion of the evening includes refreshments and kicks off at 7 p.m., with general admission doors opening at 9 p.m. All partygoers will get to see the Greys’ talents on display as the duo composes inspiring works live in City Hall throughout the evening. And that’s just the start of the stimulating fun in store. On the eye-catching entertainment lineup, three notable artists—VJ Johnathan Singer and painters Randal Roberts and Morgan Mandala—will wow the crowd with live art and visuals. Meanwhile, a solid group of musical guests will set a mood sure to get the crowd moving. The lineup as of press time features two headlining acts: electronic artist Random Rab and Quixotic, a performance art troupe that integrates technology with live music, dance, and cirque arts into its mind-bending productions. Also performing that night: Tierro Band with Bridget Law of Elephant Revival. There’s something for everyone. And there’s more to come. Keep an eye on the Sensi Facebook page for artist announcements. So, yeah, you don’t want to miss this one—it’s bound to be the hottest ticket in town that night. Head to the City Hall website and get yours now.

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SCENE I N V E G A S

sensi

SCENE

What: SSDP Fundraiser Where: Las Vegas, NV When: November 17, 2016

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Last month, the 5th annual Marijuana Business Journal Conference and Expo called some 10,000 cannabis professionals from around the country to Las Vegas. For three days, the biggest names in the industry joined budding entrepreneurs at the Rio Hotel & Casino, where they walked the expo floors, mingled at networkers, and got together to toast to the high life at some pretty festive events. Such as the Sensi party at Voodoo Lounge on Thursday, November 17, presented by Women Grow, Endoca, Neos, Cannabrand, and Mason Jar Event Group, all to honor the good work of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. And boy did the good times roll, thanks in large part to Public Enemy’s DJ Lord, who provided the musical entertainment. His killer mix got the crowd hopping on the roof deck dance floor, where the views were matched only by the festive atmosphere and stellar company.

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DJ Lord of Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage fame provided the body-moving beats.

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Flavor Flav stopped by and mingled with the cannabis crowd.


las vegas

Cannabis advocate and industry leader Kayvan Khalatbari tried to get his hands on party rolls tucked into the bag of Puff, Pass & Paint’s Heidi Keyes.

All proceeds from the evening benefitted Students for a Sensible Drug Policy.

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CHOICE WORDS WITH

TOMMY CHONG by RANDY ROBINSON

Four decades ago,

Tommy Chong, as one-half of the archetypal comedic duo Cheech

and Chong, wrote, directed and starred in several films and recorded nine hit albums—all of which celebrated cannabis during the darkest hours of the plant’s prohibition. Now that states across the nation have seen the light, Chong has created his own line of cannabis products. Chong’s Choice launched in Colorado on November 9, 2016, a day when people everywhere were still trying to wrap their brains around a President-elect Trump being an actual thing. Chong, who had been vocally anti-Trump during the campaign, is an open-minded guy. While sitting in his Denver hotel room the night before, he came to a realization: our new president deserves a chance. Sensi Mag // You come to Colorado quite a bit these days. What’s your favorite place to visit here? Tommy Chong // Boulder. SM // Any specific part of Boulder? TC // Everything. The whole town. I just love it. My son lives there, too. SM // The last time a Republican was in the White House, his administration wasn’t terribly friendly to you. { Editor’s

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note: In 2003, Chong was targeted, charged, and jailed for nine months for promoting and selling a line of glass bongs—not the stuff you smoke out of them, just the pipes themselves. The War on Drugs: your tax dollars hard at work, ladies and gentlemen.} How are you feeling about Trump’s victory?

TC // I’m feeling really, really good. Especially because the marijuana initiatives passed in all the states. That’s really the first step toward education. Because once you smoke pot, you can’t put that genie back in the bottle. Last night, I had quite an epiphany about the good part of the election: the fact that we elected a guy who’s totally his own boss. There’s no doubt about it, he doesn’t follow anybody. He’s a maverick, and I love that. I know everyone’s worried he’s going to appoint the wrong people. Don’t worry about Trump. { Another editor’s note: we were right to be worried.} He has a habit of doing his research, finding out what’s best for the world, what’s best for the country. He’s elected now, so he can use his power of intuition. Because that’s what he has. He has great intuition. That’s why I’ve got great confidence in Trump now, because I’m sure his intuition is going to carry us—and him—through. SM // Even in Colorado, pot is still stigmatized to a large degree. What do you think it’s going to take to get the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, to stop stigmatizing it? TC // Time. It just takes time. It took me about five minutes to realize this is what I want to smoke for the rest of my life. [laughs] It’s just time. There’s a lot of people who believe it’s against their religion, or it’s against their culture. It’s misinformation in their head. SM // Did you ever think, as you were making movies back in the 1970s and 1980s, that you’d one day have your own legal cannabis brand? TC // Never thought it. Wait! No, I take that back. In 1974, Cheech and I did a commercial. [Sings] Acapulco Gold: No stems, no seeds that we don’t need, Acapulco Gold is badass weed. {Last editor’s note: Forget Acapulco Gold, you can now get Chong’s Choice badass flower, edibles, and pre-rolls at select dispensaries throughout Colorado. For the full interview, head to SENSIMAG.COM.}

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