When Initiative 300 (I-300) passed in the 2016 November ballots, backers of the measure felt it was a step in the right direction. A four-year pilot program under I-300 was initially designed to expand public consumption of cannabis in the state, specifically in establishments or businesses with valid city-issued permits – also known as designated consumption areas (DCA).
According to the Denver Post, around 53 percent of 308,466 local voters support the measure. The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses was asked to create guidelines surrounding the process of registering, approving and awarding permits for qualified businesses.
But after months of development, many individuals have started to view the draft rules as “unnecessary and overly burdensome” for local establishments. Out of frustration, backers sent a letter to the permitting authority to express their concerns about the guidelines.
In the letter, a total of 13 issues were raised about I-300. The main concern includes the ban on dual licensing of cannabis and alcohol consumption for businesses that want to be able to facilitate both in their establishment. Backers believe it greatly reduces participation in the pilot program. As a solution, supporters of I-300 would like businesses to be able to create a space within the location that caters to both cannabis and alcohol consumption at different times.
Additionally, backers would like to see a streamlined approach to the implementation of the pilot program. Current guidelines require individuals entering a location under the scope of I-300 to sign an acknowledgement waiver. For businesses that cater to numerous consumers, this could be very frustrating. To address this issue, backers would prefer to replace the requirement with a clearly visible, posted note at the entrance of the consumption area.
I-300 supporters also want to ease restrictions surrounding how close one must be from schools, child-care buildings, treatment facilities and city-owned establishments. In particular, backers would like boundaries moved from 1,000 feet to 500 feet. Many individuals view the existing guideline as unfair, when compared to restrictions surrounding liquor licenses and permits.
Some draft regulations in I-300 need to be updated to include all types of public consumption areas. For example, outdoor patios and open-air lobbies can’t be ventilated – a requirement under the measure. Backers want such requirements removed from the guidelines, for outdoor locations.
Interestingly, the letter raised concerns about tight regulations on edibles. Currently, the proposed guidelines limit possession of cannabis edibles to 80-milligram servings in a consumption area. This is an issue because the serving size isn’t normally sold in retail shops and dispensaries. Moreover, recreational users are able to purchase edibles at 100-milligram potencies. Backers are worried about the proposed ruling’s inconsistent applications with existing cannabis products on the market.
“We’re still fighting to overcome stigma that is rooted in a history of prohibition, and now it appears the city is trying to keep consumers hidden and as far away from the mainstream as possible,” said Emmett Reistroffer, campaign director for I-300.
A public hearing will be held on June 13 at the Webb Municipal Office Building about the rules.
The annual 4/20 rally in Denver has become quite an event, especially over the last few years, with recreational marijuana sales being legal in the state. Some even consider Denver the 4/20 capital of the United States; but all that may be coming to an end after circumstances at this year’s rally seemingly got out of hand with long lines, toppled fences and mounds of trash strewn all over Denver’s Civic Center Park.
Things were so bad that they prompted the editorial board at The Denver Post to speak out and urge organizers and revelers to grow up and try not to embody every negative stoner stereotype imaginable.
“The list of regrettable and gross misdeeds includes leaving Civic Center – Denver’s front lawn – something of a trash heap for workers, residents and visitors to consider as thanks for our awfully open-minded legal-cannabis system,” they wrote.
Now Denver Parks and Recreation officials have announced their verdict on what went down on 4/20: they have slapped rally organizers with more than $12,000 in fines and have banned the event from taking place in the city or county for the next 3 years.
“After a thorough review of the event, substantial violations of city requirements were found,” said Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation.
“We will continue to ensure that events in our parks are safe, compliant and of high quality, and we remain focused on protecting Denver’s parks and facilities which are valuable assets to our city and our residents.”
For their part, rally organizers claim that volunteers did their job and cleaned up all of the trash left behind, but that overnight the full trash bags left in the park for pickup were ripped open by someone, perhaps a homeless person or persons looking for food or cans. They say the city is using that as a pretext to ban an event that promotes a message they don’t like.
Organizers plan on appealing the city’s decision and say they will take the matter to court if necessary. If the ban stands, the “4/20 capital of the U.S.” may be without an official celebration on the holiest of all high holidays for the next few years.
No matter what the outcome, however, things like this reflect poorly on the cannabis community as a whole in the eyes of the public. Whether that is fair in this case is a matter for debate; but the perception is not one that can be ignored. Although some laws are changed, the stigma built up over the last 80+ years still remains in many ways. Many still look down on “stoners” and stories like this simply serve to echo what they already believe.
Mistakes happen and events won’t always go perfectly. But when it comes to public perception, we must remember that – as a community – we have very little room for error.
Originally published: The Marijuana Times
(Photo: CBS Denver)
Bacon is one of those hot ingredients that lives up to the hype. Over the past few years, it seems like deliciously fatty bits of porky goodness have made their way into almost any kind of treat out there. It’s definitely not just for breakfast anymore. You can find bacon infused in beer and studded in kettle corn, a kind of buzzword that more or less guarantees some degree of tastiness.
Just when I thought I’d seen it all (bacon ice cream or lollipops, anyone?), I encountered Mountain Medicine’s Boombastic Bacon Brittle. Medicated bacon seemed like too much awesome to miss, and I soon found a low key afternoon to dedicate to bacon and cannabis indulgence.
Mountain Medicine makes Boombastic Bacon Brittle in medical and recreational strengths. The medical package contains two 75mg portions. The recreational brittle comes with eight 10mg servings per package.
The medical and recreational Bacon Brittles are packaged in round black containers with childproof, twist-off tops. The label design is playful and fun, with a slight vintage vibe courtesy of vibrant color and funky fonts. Each serving is individually packaged, and looks like a bite-sized praline studded with bits of what I could only assume was bacon, and maybe a few nuts. Each piece had a glossy, candied shine.
Taste & Texture
I had one 10 mg piece of the Bacon Brittle to start. My expectations were high, but the bacon brittle still managed to make me fall in love. It was sweet and savory with just a hint of salt and a deliciously rich caramel taste. There were delicious bits of bacon (local, I’m told) and nut in every bite, giving the brittle a perfect crunch to contrast the melt-in-your-mouth sweetness of the brittle, made with local, raw honey from Boulder County’s Highland Honey. The flavors were intense, but balanced, and I didn’t detect any flavor from the cannabutter.
I ate 10 mgs and immediately wanted more. After about 20 minutes, I started to feel relaxed, and at a half hour, a pleasantly low-key buzz was in full effect. After an hour, I was still feeling the mild high, and the brittle was calling my name. After another 10 mg piece and a 20-30 minutes, I felt silly and supremely relaxed. I kicked back, got comfortable, listened to music, and enjoyed a wonderfully lazy afternoon with friends. We lounged, pleasantly high, for several hours. After about five hours, the high wore off and I was ready to head out for a walk to work off the bacon (and some subsequent munchies).
For lovers of bud or bacon, this is an indulgence worth experiencing. I found the 20 mgs of cannabutter (my preferred type of edible) to be slightly stronger than other experiences at the same dosage, with nice, relaxing body and mind effects. This is an edible that everyone can love. But be forewarned – eating just one piece of the sweet and salty treat is almost impossible.
Have you ever had the opportunity to view more than 150 different strains of cannabis in one day? What about in one room? If you’ve never had the overwhelming pleasure, make the trip to one of the Oasis Cannabis Superstore locations in Denver, Colorado. It’s quite the sight, and with a motto like “Relax. It’s all here,” expect to take some time making decisions.
Lanai was working at the Oasis Cannabis Superstore on 44th Ave when I visited. After asking questions to find out what effects I typically like, she suggested two strains — Cherry Lime Rickey and Sour Apple Maui.
Click here to read the Sour Apple Maui Review and continue reading to learn more about Cherry Lime Rickey.
Cherry Lime Rickey
Cherry Lime Haze x Unknown
Oasis Cannabis Superstore, 5430 West 44th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212
Cherry Lime Rickey is a sturdy strain with heavy, solid buds. This sample is devoid of any extraneous leaves that have a nasty habit of filling up orders with fluff rather than substance. Due to the robust development of trichomes these gems look like they have been dusted with confectioner’s sugar, something you will surely notice when handling. Overall CLR is a cosmetically attractive strain with impressive amounts of red hairs coupled with a healthy glisten from its globule growth (kief).
The olfactory makeup of Cherry Lime Rickey is unmistakably pastoral. The first impression is one of fresh growth on the farm, evoking images of green life under the sun. When you break CLR open there is an added dimension of skunk and ammonia that speaks to its potent effects. Although CLR does not share many scented similarities with its namesake, you will nonetheless find an undercurrent of citrus (limonene) that makes its presence known, if only intermittently.
I smoked this sample of Cherry Lime Rickey in a small glass chillum pipe. It burned evenly throughout, providing a well-rounded and easy-to-pull hit. Although not always the case, with CLR the flavor profile matches its odor to a surprising degree. I would offer that the skunky and ammonia flavor comes through a bit stronger during the initial inhale, and then remains in the aftertaste. The combination of everything is a pleasant rich draw, and it burned down to white ash which is a good tell for proper flushing and curing.
Take note of its strong head change in the first five minutes, Cherry Lime Rickey packs a mean punch up front. Despite that shock bit at the beginning however, CLR transitions into a surprisingly clear-headed state where 15 minutes after consumption I was able to enjoy a genuine state of relaxation coupled with reasonable lucidity. The largest noticeable effect was of that to the body. A release of tension is palpable, with an emphasis on easing muscle tightness. For a solid hour after smoking there was a continued loose feeling that I found quite comfortable. The effects taper off largely around the hour to hour and a half mark.
The claims by Oasis Cannabis Superstore that Cherry Lime Rickey is an ideal strain to relieve symptoms of muscle spasms, anxiety, PMS and pain seem correct. It would also likely be a strain beneficial in the treatment of PTSD.
Gone are the days of space cakes and special brownies; in today’s booming cannabis industry, the edible options are infinite. Recently, I was given the opportunity to sample two popular infused chocolate bars from two of the most reputable edibles brands in Colorado. Purchased from LivWell on Pearl Street in Denver, the highly lauded Leafs by Snoop and the indelible Incredibles provided some of the most potent and delicious candy I have ever eaten.
For the purpose of this review, I’m going to compare the two.
First up is the Leafs by Snoop Strawberries N Cream with Waffle Bits. This fuscia, strawberry-flavored candy bar melts in your mouth, leaving sugary, crispy and crunchy waffle bits coating your tongue. At 10 pieces per 100mg THC box (meaning each individual piece is infused with 10mg), you’ll want to start slowly; these savory shards of chocolate are strong enough to satisfy Snoop Dogg himself!
The box is sleek, stylish and childproofed, making it safe and easy to enjoy any time. My only complaint is that there aren’t enough waffle bits and the berry flavor can be overwhelming without them. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to try something delectable and new.
The second edible I sampled was the flavorful Salted Pistachio Mint bar by Incredibles. With just a hint of mint, this white-chocolate treat could pass for cookies n’ cream. At 10 pieces per 100mg THC container, the fantastic flavor combination of salted pistachios with a hint of mint in infused white chocolate will leave you uplifted and energized.
This Salted Pistachio Mint bar comes packaged in a resealable childproof bag instead of a box, leaving it more prone to breaking apart into smaller pieces or losing its shape before being opened. Regardless, I don’t buy edibles for their shape as much as for their flavors and effects, so a few broken pieces aren’t a big deal.
If you’re in the market for edibles in Colorado, don’t overlook the candy bars. These potent, portable, and palatable cannatreats are not to be missed!