Why the Colorado Symphony's pot concerts are already a success, despite threats from the city

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Not a sight the public is likely to see at the current version of the Classically Cannabis series.
When Colorado Symphony Orchestra announced their Classically Cannabis concerts, a series of bring-your-own-weed performances, it sounded like a great merging of the city's classical music culture and its rising cannabis culture. But the City of Denver felt the shows violated the ban on "public" consumption of marijuana stipulated by Amendment 64. The Symphony has re-configured the events to address those concerns, and they are now by invitation only. Anyone who bought a ticket will get a refund.

Despite the confusion, the Symphony seems likely to accomplish its original goal of attracting the interest (and money) of the cannabis industry. "We've come onto the radar onto a lot of people who might not of known about the symphony prior to the event," says Colorado Symphony Director of Community and Media Relations Laura Bond. "So we're interested in building relationships with those people,"

The series is a collaboration between the Symphony and Edible Events, a company whose mission is "to maximize the cannabis experience and stimulate your heightened awareness of taste, smell, sights & sounds via artfully choreographed events that are incredible experiences."

The shows were originally going to be held at Space Gallery and feature a finale at Red Rocks. The original idea was that the Space Gallery shows would be private events and guests could bring their own cannabis to smoke.

The Colorado Symphony and Edible Events assumed that because the event was listed as private (only guests who purchased a $75 ticket would be allowed in) and Space Gallery is privately-owned, the BYOC idea fell right in line with the new Amendment 64 law that allows for private consumption of cannabis.

However, the City of Denver seemed to disagree, sending a letter to the symphony that said, "We will exercise any and all options available to the City of Denver to halt the event and hold the business owners, event organizers responsible for any violations of law. We are also ready to hold individual attendees responsible for any violations of City ordinances or state law prohibiting public consumption of marijuana."

More on what we've learned about Colorado's young marijuana laws is on the next page.



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MikeDeb Molumby
MikeDeb Molumby

I recall a Municipal Band concert at Bever Park with our daughter playing flute in the band and the air was thick with the smell of cannabis.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Fantastic idea. Seriously.

Michael Price
Michael Price

Grassical. Oh.....wait....that right? Yeah, looks perfect :-)

Kevin Klipfer
Kevin Klipfer

You can consume alcohol in public there... What's the difference...

Sarah Nava
Sarah Nava

It's an absolutely wonderful idea.... what are they scared of... :/

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

Good mix. You're stereotype of who every smoker is is embarrassing. ..for you.

Darolann Darolann
Darolann Darolann

let people live how they want and be. If you are against pot than don't be around it.

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

Great idea, marijuana effects include creativity and calmness. Perfectly balanced for classical music.

Blake Margheim
Blake Margheim

Such a great idea this is def the best place for music n the sticky icky..bout time ppl r able to pass their Js instead of tryin 2b discreet....I luv colo

Danielle Dansky Andreozzi
Danielle Dansky Andreozzi

You don't need to smoke it to get stoned Colorado has lots of other cannabis options! I'm a big smoker but wouldn't do it indoors because of respect for others. I hate cigarette smoke and don't want it around me. So I can understand some people not wanting pot smoke around them.

David Novin
David Novin

Just saw that they are full. Damn!!! I guess I'll have to play classical music at home on my stereo. Oh wait. I already do that.

David Novin
David Novin

So how do we get on that invitation list?!

Timothy Black Tail Deer
Timothy Black Tail Deer

It's easy for me to find someone who smokes, it's difficult to meet someone who legitimately appreciates classical music. I love both and I'd love to love both with someone who also loves both.

Ossama Hussein
Ossama Hussein

What's the big deal, wasn't this at red rocks anyway? We d smoke to sesame street on ice at red rocks, jus sayin

Noe De Leon
Noe De Leon

People act like when you smoke pot you get the same effects of alcohol. Nope! You're chill.

Bryan Clark
Bryan Clark

People have been doing this for decades in the privacy of their own home

Bob_Smith
Bob_Smith

Government by intimidation, by hypocrites. AKA the Hancock administration.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

To socialists, "public" means everything and "private" means nothing.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident  Fascists, also being socialists, consider everything to be public, but give business operators the license to use the means of production under their regulation to profit and serve the will of the state.

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