Henry Rollins writes about his visit to Denver on 4/20: "Damn, that was a great day."

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[The one and only Henry Rollins writes a weekly column for our sister paper, LA Weekly. You can find it every Thursday on their music blog, West Coast Sound. This week, he wrote about his trip to Denver for 4/20.]

4-19-14 Denver: 2250 hrs. In Denver to cover tomorrow's Cannabis Cup event. I got in from Houston a few hours ago.

I was in Texas almost two weeks and it was great, but I welcome the change in scenery. Before we went to the airport, we ate in a restaurant along the way. Christian rock -- that strange, neither-fish-nor-flesh music genre -- filled the establishment. The servings were enormous. Diners labored through their meals with grim determination. Entire families overweight, shrinking the diameters of their arteries with every rapidly congealing mouthful. On my way out, I saw a man about to eat a chicken-fried steak, covered in gravy, almost the size of the plate. One of the bumper stickers on a car outside had a gun with the caption "I don't call 911!" I bet you don't. You roll into the ER uninsured and stick me with the bill for your heart attack.

In Denver, I walked around for quite a while, looking for signs of a city disintegrating from the legalization of cannabis. I could not find any. I did see a lot of young people out on dates; none of them seemed to be stoned. The restaurants were filled with sleek, good-looking people who didn't seem to be at all perturbed that, in several locations in their very snazzy city, one can purchase cannabis products. In fact, I could not detect any signs of chaos or unrest anywhere. The end didn't seem to be nigh.

Tomorrow, I am heading to the Cannabis Cup to see what's happening. The site says CC events are scheduled in cities all over the country. If America can handle a few hundred assholes with guns strapped to them gathered at tea party rallies, I think the several thousand expected to show up tomorrow -- armed with, I don't know, clothes, cell phones and car keys -- shouldn't be a problem. I'll find out.

04-20-14 Denver: 2130 hrs. Damn, that was a great day. We arrived at "The Cup" a little before the 1100 hrs. opening. The line stretched around the parking lot. Thanks to a media pass, I was one of the first ones in. I stood facing the doors, watching people stream past me. Mostly young, white and very excited. Lots of happy noise. People yelled "Happy 4-20, Henry!" at me as they poured into the massive Denver Mart for day two of this epic event. I read on CNN.com that "tens of thousands of visitors -- by some estimates 80,000 -- [have] come to Denver to mark 4-20 (April 20), a date that's emerged as a holiday among those steeped in cannabis culture."

That's a lot of people, but that's missing the point. I don't think there is a "cannabis culture," any more than there is a "tobacco culture." Cannabis consumption is not a fringe-element interest. Some might like to think it is, but that's just prejudicial bullshit, intended to prolong the myth that only deviants and other undesirables seek out the weed.

Taking laps around the place, checking out the myriad booths, I wasn't surprised at how accessorized the consumption of cannabis has become. Every possible aspect of utilization seemed to have multiple companies competing for your dollar.


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Abby Hauck
Abby Hauck

Comparing the CC to an event like the great American brew fest, there are some obvious differences between the two types of celebrations : thousands of people in one area and no major incidences or injuries, an abundance of cordial participants who still muster an " excuse me" every time they bump into someone (despite the obvious over-crowing of the facility) and unbelievably short bathroom lines. The fact that there was also a place to take a nap probably also helped everyone stay chipper despite having been "celebrating" for the last 48 hours, I'm sure. Thanks for visiting Colorado, everyone. Be sure to remember your giant wads of cash the next time you come, too! Our local economy appreciates it :)

Jayson Degroot
Jayson Degroot

No... Not really the contrast in those two cultures is wide. Yet he was crying about getting light headed. So maybe 4-20 doesn't agree with him.

Jayson Degroot
Jayson Degroot

I'm back in Houston after two years in Denver. I know exactly what Henry is saying.

Casie Rock
Casie Rock

Wow good article. Nice first impression perspective of Denver. (Even though most of the people were probably visiting as well)

Ryan Hodros
Ryan Hodros

"The assholes with guns protect your right to free speech, so you're not allowed to speak out against them" .......?

Matt Pyles
Matt Pyles

Wow! I've never thought of Henry as a "pro pot " guy. He does make good points which I have said for years! Bud, pot, whatever u call it, is not as bad as some make it to be. It's a Plant, it grows naturally, not a bad thing at all!

Tiffany Nichole
Tiffany Nichole

I didn't read anything great or interesting in this article.

Linda Largent
Linda Largent

Rollins doesn't smoke weed. Straight edge forever. Whatever.

GFTW
GFTW

Couldn't care less what Henry thinks. He should've come to 420 last year for the shooting.

Jeff Reese
Jeff Reese

It's so refreshing to see Rollins hate that doesn't claim he ruined black flag. I guess the right finally took notice of him. Bravo Henry.

Jeff Hansen
Jeff Hansen

So did he get stoned or not? He disingenously alludes to it in the article, but never comes right out and admits it.

Dan Ruisi
Dan Ruisi

When will people stop lionizing this average person? God to know he liked 420 festival. What other things does he like and dislike?

Zach Zeckser
Zach Zeckser

Thanks Chris Wentzloff, way to hammer the point home! Lol

Boulder PM
Boulder PM

Was he implying he got high off second hand smoke? Second hand dab smoke should do it.

Chris Wentzloff
Chris Wentzloff

"If America can handle a few hundred assholes with guns strapped to them gathered at tea party rallies..." hey you piece of shit, your right to free speech and even the right to have your thoughts published is all supported by the 2nd amendment and those assholes w/ guns strapped to them.you AntiAmerican fuck, you!

Zach Zeckser
Zach Zeckser

Clark Snyder, this man has covered more road than you have space in your head. Sounds like you need to spend a little time in the cloudy room with Hank!

dpluck
dpluck

Where were all the gun owners protecting the Constitution when the patriot act was passed?

FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION: Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror investigation.

 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Government has closed once-public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without charges, and has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records requests.

 FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone that the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.

RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION: Government may monitor federal prison jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.

FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES: Government may search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.

RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL: Government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.

RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.
Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press 

Your guns give you a false sense of liberty Chris, you have few rights left to stand up for. 

DerpingtonMcDerp
DerpingtonMcDerp

Angry much?  I thought the mentally ill weren't supposed to have firearms.

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