This Year's Pot Fest Has Much To Celebrate
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This Year's Pot Fest Has Much To Celebrate
Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2010 at 04:47:37 PT
By Colleen O'Connor & John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver, CO  -- The annual pot smoke-in at Denver's Civic Center last year was billed as a protest against the war on drugs. This year, the 420 flash festival went commercial, with booths hawking access to medical marijuana, screenings by doctors and legal aid for entrepreneurs hoping to set up shops to capitalize on the boom in demand for legal weed."Business is picking up," said Gregory Daurer, who was selling the services of lawyer Warren Edson, who helped get the state's medical-marijuana law passed and now assists people with their dispensary plans. "We're still new to the area, and a lot of people want information."
The term "420," now street slang for marijuana use, was first used by a group of San Rafael, Calif., high school students to refer to the time they'd meet after school to smoke dope. The annual pot celebration is held April 20.On Tuesday, people pushing baby strollers wandered through a maze of retail stalls where vendors hawked smoking paraphernalia, T-shirts and hemp-based foods. Booths marketing dispensaries dotted the scene, some with doctors ready to perform evaluations to help patients get their medical-marijuana cards  one conveniently located next to an ATM machine.A hawker for Discount Medical Marijuana of Denver handed out cards reading, "New customers: Bring this card in for a FREE gram!"Derek Cumings, whose booth offered green "Cannabis Strong" bracelets, appreciated the presence of government officials at the event."A sales-tax officer from the permit office helped sign everyone up," he said. "They were hitting every booth in here. It's a nice way to verify that everything is on the up-and-up."When rally organizer Miguel Lopez saw Veronica Carpio, the owner of 420Highways dispensary in Lafayette, holding a large jar filled with fat, green marijuana buds, he got into a heated debate with her over whether she was selling the product, which was not allowed at the festival."If I come back and you're selling, I'm going to get it on videotape," he said.She said she was not selling and, insulted, immediately packed up her booth and left. "I'm not a drug dealer," she said. "I'm an herbologist, a Boulder hippie chick."Daddy Fat Sacks did brisk business in fruit-flavored blunt wraps, from wet cherry to apple martini, and "Yes We Cannabis" T-shirts proved particularly popular. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Colleen O'Connor and John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: April 21, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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