Colorado Symphony Orchestra's pot concert begs the question: Why is this still a big deal?

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I can't help but think about last night's mash up of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the marijuana industry as a giant piece of performance art, though I know that wasn't anyone's intent.

On the surface, the idea behind the "Classically Cannabis" series -- of which this was the first -- was to bring two "cultures" together. They did accomplish that goal, even though I'm pretty sure marijuana and classical music have been combined plenty in the past. But even if a handful of the 250 cannabis-lovers in attendance truly opened their eyes classical music, that wasn't the main outcome of the concert. What the event really did was point out how absurdly we've been treating cannabis since limited amounts of pot were legalized for adults 21 and up in 2012.

See also: Colorado Symphony Orchestra has high hopes for tomorrow's "High Notes" debut

Take away the media attention and the controversy of the CSO linking up with a few cannabis businesses for a fundraiser, and what you had last night was a fine art event much like any other. Music was the focal point, of course, but the Space gallery also had some amazing artwork on display, from sculptures to photography to beautiful, wall-sized oil paintings and murals. People mingled and schmoozed. The open bar served drinks, and food trucks served up free meals around the back of the venue. Certainly it was a cool event on its own merits and likely not a huge departure from events the CSO normally holds.

Except, of course, for the pot. And there was plenty of that.

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William Breathes/Westword.
I parked a block away and started my walk over, and the clouds of smoke had already begun wafting south down Santa Fe. A few steps closer and I was overcome by the familiar smell of past High Times Cannabis Cup events -- but this time, there was the sounds of a brass ensemble in the background instead of the boom-boom-bap of hip-hop. The Space gallery is a beautiful building that stands like a sharp glass and steel monolith on an otherwise-dreary stretch of Santa Fe. Smoking (and vaping) were allowed on the fenced-in patio wrapping around the venue. It was covered from public view by plastic sheeting.

Though I'm sure everyone there would have told you that they love classical music, it was pretty clear that most people were excited for the idea of the event more than the music itself. In that sense, it wasn't really a concert. People didn't sit down quietly for the five-piece brass chamber orchestra (except for one slightly stoned-looking, retired-age couple who plopped down on the floor in front of the band for the second set). Instead, the focus was on conversation, chiefly centered on the fact that the event was actually happening at all. There was also a lot of business schmoozing -- there were plenty of dispensary owners, attorneys and other pot big-wigs mingling around outside, streaming trails of smoke from finger-sized joints.


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Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

Because alcoholics say so. Gotta run a diversion so DUI's, Alcohol fed DV's, date rapes and assaults step aside for a bit, WE GOT DEM THERE WEEED SMOKERS TO HARASS

Carl Wlodarczyk
Carl Wlodarczyk

Wait, I know this one! It's because Westword gets moist every time someone mentions weed.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Even the Colorado MED is staffed by Illiterate Imbeciles -- marijuana is making the entire state more than Slightly STOOOOPID!


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This incompetent idiocy is what Colorado gets for MILLIONS of $$ in Taxes and Fees.


         Regulation Works! -- Regulation by Retards works better!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


Two kidnapped in marijuana-related home invasion


Two armed men allegedly broke into a Jefferson County home early Saturday morning, forced a man and a woman into a car and then crashed the car in Denver during a police chase.


The crime is believed to be connected to a marijuana business, said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Both suspects, one black and the other Hispanic, fled and have not been caught. The kidnapping victims, who have not been identified, were rescued after the crash.


The man who was kidnapped, along with a second man left by kidnappers at the home, received minor injuries. The woman was unharmed, Techmeyer said.

Sheriff's investigators were called about a home invasion kidnapping at 12:30 a.m.


The home, on the 16900 block of West 73rd Place, was occupied by a couple and a male roommate. A caller told investigators that two men armed with handguns forced their way into the home.


The suspects forced the woman and the roommate into the couple's car. The black suspect got into the car and they drove away. It is unclear what happened to the Hispanic suspect at that time, but he did not enter the car and was not seen again, Techmeyer said.


Shortly after the car left the home, a Mountain View police officer spotted the car on Interstate-70 near Sheridan Boulevard, he said.


The officer pursued the suspect into downtown Denver where the car occupied by one suspect and the kidnap victims crashed near 23rd and Stout streets. The suspect fled ran away.


Police were unable to find either of the suspects.


"The relationship between the victims and the suspects is believed to be tied to a marijuana-based business," Techmeyer said.



Eghe Ehi
Eghe Ehi

Khena lemme be known to have participated in this and I'll be jobless in a heartbeat.

savethelakers
savethelakers

The reason it was an important event is that this illustrates where we are on the continuum of cannabis acceptance. People who enjoy the symphony are today more publicly acknowledging their cannabis use! Each step like this leads us to more acceptance. I am not particularly frustrated that it is not happening faster, I'm just glad that it is happening.

Brenda Weston
Brenda Weston

Because just like alcohol it is a mind altering subsidence that is not good for the brain and it changes the persons behavior. I like to be with people who are authentic and not fake. Drugs change who they are. See two TED talks by Daniel Amen about brain function. He has studied thousands of brain scans and treats people with brain problems. If someone needs it for medical reasons then fine but drugs are not good for our brains and people seemed to be loosing their minds more and more.

Michelle Rodriquez-Porter
Michelle Rodriquez-Porter

Clark Snyder you really are so stupid. People like you should stay silent and wait for the laws of Darwinism kick in. :) have a nice day.

Te Kay
Te Kay

.....nope.just "clark"

Te Kay
Te Kay

.....step out of your box. Or move to montana..

Matt Smith
Matt Smith

It shouldn't be. Does it hurt anyone?

Robert Hack
Robert Hack

Because it hasn't become culturally p.c.yet, but it will. Just give it time.

clive
clive

William -- you have misused the phrase "begs the question."  What you mean to say is "raise the question" -- "begging the question" is a type of logical fallacy.  

Clark Snyder
Clark Snyder

My knee hurts. I use a crutch. Cry for the sufferer of the pretend rare condition, oh my lord.

Clark Snyder
Clark Snyder

No group of abusers is as deep in denial as those abusive of THC.

Yvonne Pena
Yvonne Pena

Very classy event, I would love to go to more events like this one! I had an incredible night, Thank You Edible Events!

Karl Chwe
Karl Chwe

Well, I am an alcohol user, and I don't deny that it is a drug, and that I am a recreational drug user. And I don't look down on cannabis users. I would go further, and say that caffeine is also a drug, and that I am probably addicted to it! But denial is really a problem when it removes free will and destroys lives, as alcohol can, and tobacco does.

Karl Chwe
Karl Chwe

If I were in the orchestra, I would worry about the effects of that tarry smoke on my instrument.

Michelle Rodriquez-Porter
Michelle Rodriquez-Porter

Awesome I want to go. I have a rare neuromuscular disease and cannibus is literally saving my life! People have been conditioned too long and lie stagnant in their naivete. Change is here though. You can either live in denial and deny a medicine with the positive side effects or in my case I can go back to the pharmaceutical buffet of colorful pills that made me wanna commit suicide. Yeah I think I'll stick with pot! :)

Ka D'Argo
Ka D'Argo

True. Caffeine too. Those people too do not consider themselves as drug users, but they are. The truth is most if not all of us do drugs. Yet we hear all the time about these drug free zones. It's a lie.

Hilary Hellums
Hilary Hellums

Count tobacco too as a drug. Nicotine is high enough amounts can kill.

Ka D'Argo
Ka D'Argo

Because most if not all alcohol users live in denial, having themselves convinced that alcohol is not a drug. That way they can look down on cannabis users as drug users. The reality is that the beer and wine that those people drink while at the other shows classify them as recreational drug users. Drugs is drugs.

Clark Snyder
Clark Snyder

Because being fucked-up is fucked-up. Go on, toque yer crutch. Weaklings.

Marcus Netters
Marcus Netters

Because the people who watched the Reefer madness movie premier are still alive

backwoodman
backwoodman

really are a fag that likes a shit dipped ne gar dick every nite arent ya

DerpDerpDestroyer
DerpDerpDestroyer

@DonkeyHotay So says the "retard" who posts schizophrenic rants, ad nauseum, while most of the time responding to his own posts. Glass houses, pal.

DerpDerpDestroyer
DerpDerpDestroyer

Yeah, and they're also LOSING their ability to spell! 


Classic, thanks for that. Boom!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@clive ... marijuana use and literacy are inversely proportional.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Michelle Rodriquez-Porter " I have a rare neuromuscular disease and cannibus is literally saving my life!"


Utter nonsense.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so you support the legalization of ALL drugs, eh?



DerpDerpDestroyer
DerpDerpDestroyer

SNL character? Or just that cheesy clichė middle aged fuddy-duddy from those Depends commercials?

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