Cannabis Grand Cru Event Takes Over Aspen Hotel This Weekend

By Marie Veksler | November 13, 2014

This weekend, November 14-16, all rooms in the Sky Hotel in Aspen, Colorado will be occupied by cannabis industry professionals and enthusiasts for the exclusive, Cannabis Grand Cru event. This is the first of what is sure to become an annual treat.

Colorado laws require that marijuana events may not be open to the public. This means that attendance must be by invitation only. Does this mean that you must receive a formal invitation in the mail in order to attend? No. To get around this, one must go the the Cannabis Grand Cru website, and sign up for a free membership. Once this is done, an invitation to purchase even tickets will be emailed.

This educational, networking event is being sponsored by Wellspring Collective Dispensary of Denver, Culture Magazine, Y5Rx, and Aspen’s own, Silverpeak Apothecary. Friday night opens with a networking event for attendees. Then, bright and early Saturday morning, attendees will be greeted with an optional yoga class before the day continues with thirteen different educational sessions for attendees to choose from. Session titles include, “Brand Building and Evolution of Cannabis Brands,” “Cannabis Genetics,” “Cannabis Business Logistics and Financials,” and “Cannabis Culture Shift.”

But wait! There’s more. There will also be a “Cooking with Cannabis and Edibles” demonstration that promises NO actual marijuana edibles will be used or given to attendees for safety reasons. Throughout the weekend, there are also, more than twenty different people scheduled to speak, including the director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, Mason Tvert.

There is one thing, however, that will not be permitted at the cannabis event- smoking cannabis. Event organizers were under the impression that because the entire hotel was reserved for the private event, smoking would be permitted outside on hotel property. The Sky Hotel manager was even on board with this, as long as smoking remains outside because all rooms in the hotel are non-smoking. Event organizers had difficulty reaching city officials to clarify whether allowing adults to smoke marijuana at the event would violate any city codes, and the event had already been scheduled by the time they received the bad news.

Members of the Whaxy team will be in attendance this weekend, so be sure to keep an eye out for event details next week.

photo credit: Sky Hotel

Marie Veksler

With more than 15 years of cannabis education and experience, Marie is dedicated to sharing knowledge about the versatile plant while expanding the stoner stereotype. Email tips to

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