Why the Colorado Symphony's pot concerts are already a success, despite threats from the city
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.
Eric Gruneisen. Full slideshow. Not a sight the public is likely to see at the current version of the Classically Cannabis series.
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.