O.pen VAPE's marijuana tours of Denver launches on legalization day

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In light of the city's unexpected crackdown on the Cannabition smokeout, organizers of yesterday's cancelled event, along with vaporizer company O.pen VAPE, funneled their resources into the launch of My 420 Tours, which basically consisted of loading reporters and smokers onto a party bus, handing out free, loaded vaporizers and riding around town to see a dispensary and a growhouse -- replete with tour guides offering education on marijuana history, laws and, naturally, all you could ever want to know about O.pen VAPE.


"In 2012 . . . the city of Denver had 1.18 million pot-smoking tourists, before we even legalized pot," co-owner of My 420 Tours Matt Brown informs us as we drive toward Bud Med Health Center in Edgewater. "That's why we set out to do pot tours. Our goal is to provide people with a safe experience, and explain that there are still laws. This isn't some magical Oz where all laws regarding marijuana have been vaporized."

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Christine Cool
Steele Street Grow facility
There were as many puns like this tossed around throughout the afternoon as there were complimentary vaporizers. Earlier this year Brown had informed the Huffington Post of his intention to offer DIA travelers curbside pickup from the airport with his party-bus/limousine tours. The experience the tour offers would work well with out-of-towners looking for a first-hand course into the commerce of Colorado cannabis. But for anyone who has lived in the state for more than a year, the average ride on the My 420 Tours would be mostly a rehash (puns!) of common information -- along with a whole encyclopedia of facts about O.pen VAPE.

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Christine Cool
Todd Mitchem with Boulder Weekly cannabis columnist Leland Rucker, enjoying the O.pen VAPE hospitality.
This wasn't the average day with My 420 Tours, though. This was January 1, 2014, the day Colorado implemented the world's first government-regulated laws on legalized marijuana. The event dovetailed awkwardly with New Year's Eve, with many dispensaries opening their doors at 8 a.m. the following morning, greeted by long-lines and an insatiable media circus. When we pulled up to Bud Med at 1:30 p.m. on January 1, lines were stretched clear around the block (we're told Bud Med will be the first marijuana shop to be open until midnight). Would-be patrons complained that they'd been waiting for ninety minutes, and they weren't happy about a party-bus full of reporters and tourists being granted privileged access into the coveted retail shop.

We waited on the bus for My 420 Tours organizers to figure out how to get us inside without inciting a mob. (Readers note: By this time I'd helped myself to a sampler platter of what O.pen VAPE had to offer, and was having mild paranoia that our situation was comparable to the embassy workers in Argo when they were trapped in that van.) The tour ended up being ushered inside in groups of five, though there was so much confusion surrounding the operation my group was never called. Instead my photographer and I remained on the bus talking with O.pen VAPE executive Todd Mitchem.

"I think that we, and our competitors, are part of the solution to the issue of using marijuana in public," Mitchem says, adding that the use of vaporizers on party busses keeps smoke out of the bus and eliminates fears of contact-highs. "If this guy doesn't want to smell pot, and I want to enjoy it, this doesn't intrude on him."


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Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

OPen Vape cartridges are ridiculously expensive. Half a gram for $50! It's so much cheaper to buy oil syringes and fill your own cartridges. Plus, the CO2 oil you can get in syringes is better than the stuff in the OPen Vape cartridges.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Samuel Walter  ... I wonder how much Propylene Glycol they use to cut and thin their oil so that it flows in the cartridges?


BTW -- Butane makes a far better, cleaner and purer oil than CO2 which often tends to bring some of the water soluble elements into the oil, especially when the elaborate machinery is operated by amateur stoners who never took a college chemistry class in their life.



Troof
Troof

You're worse at labeling people as "good" pot users and "bad" users than Amendment 64.

You are the problem.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Troof ... why are so many stoners so damn illiterate and uneducated?


Inquiring minds want to know.

Troof
Troof

... Or any other reasons you decide, like spelling and grammar errors, eh?

You are the problem.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Troof ... "bad stoners" = those Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel pigs and those who seek to put "other people" in prison for activities they themselves engage in and/or profit from.


hth.

Troof
Troof

Swinging blindly, eh? You don't know who I am or how I voted.

But we all know now that you think there's such a thing as "good" stoners and "bad" stoners.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Troof ... says the Prohibitionist Fucktard who supported the Continuing Criminal Persecution of EVERY ADULT under 21 years old for ANY rec. marijuana use, possession, sales, cultivation or processing.



Troof
Troof

WTF does any of that have to do with your delusions of being a superior pot smoker to everyone else?

(BTW -I'm not Stuka, you paranoid fool)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Troof  


@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."


@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"


@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

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