4/20 Pot Celebrations Abound in Denver 
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4/20 Pot Celebrations Abound in Denver 
Posted by CN Staff on April 20, 2012 at 04:13:52 PT
By John Hendrickson, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Colorado -- When Damon Metzner needed a quick fix to boost ticket sales for a concert late last August, he found the answer on an increasingly popular website: event was a Monday-night hip-hop show at the Larimer Lounge, where Metzner works as marketing director. Advance sales for the concert with rapper Afroman, known best for the decade-old stoner anthem "Because I Got High," were not meeting expectations.
Metzner used Weedmaps  a comprehensive directory of medical marijuana dispensaries nationwide  to find Denver's most popular pot shops. Among several dispensaries, he mailed a stack of tickets to The Clinic, a two- story house with lime green trim on East Colfax Avenue. Each dispensary ran the promotion differently, but the idea was simple: Free tickets with purchase.So it goes in Colorado, where pot culture has become pop culture, as tens of thousands will demonstrate tomorrow by publicly smoking marijuana in bowls, bongs and blunts in cities and towns across the state."Five to 10 years ago, 4/20 was an excuse for high-school kids to skip school and hang out," said Justin Williams, head grower at the Herbal Alternatives dispensary on South Broadway in Denver.Not anymore.An October 2011 Gallup poll found that a record 50 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana use. It's a dramatic shift from when Gallup first posed the question in 1969, when 84 percent of respondents opposed the idea.On Nov. 6, Colorado may become the first state to legalize marijuana with the passing of Amendment 64, a controversial ballot initiative that would permit up to 1 ounce of possession for those 21 and older  ostensibly making the current medical marijuana laws obsolete. SnippedComplete Article: The GCWSource: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Hendrickson, The Denver PostPublished: April 20, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis  Archives 
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