Photos: Seven recreational-strength marijuana edibles that still pack a helluva punch

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While actual marijuana buds probably weren't anything new to most non-medical cannabis consumers when the sale of recreational pot became legal on January 1, the huge variety of edible forms must have been an eye-opener for many longtime stoners accustomed to only the occasional batch of pot brownies. You can now find just about any confection under the Colorado sun loaded up with cannabis and for sale at your local pot shop.

But do they pack a punch?

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Video: Five questions for William Breathes after his CNN profile

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Editor's note: William Breathes is on paternity leave. His 4:20 p.m. Thursday dispensary reviews will return soon. In the meantime, here's one of his greatest hits: the top five questions Facebook and Twitter pals asked after being featured in a 2010 CNN profile on view below.

The calls and texts started well before I had woken up yesterday, vibrating my phone completely off my bedside table. Apparently people on the East Coast don't realize there's a time difference between us.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1937-1949: The Ballad of Steamboat's Frank Valdez

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We haven't come upon continuing local coverage of old pot events while going through our stash of musty, vintage Colorado news. At least, none as intriguing as the tale of Frank Valdez as told through the local news briefs section from the Steamboat Pilot from 1937 through 1949.

Basically, what started as a $50 state fine moved on to federal charges (and presumably jail time, if the state went to all that trouble).

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Medical marijuana dispensary review: Universal Herbs in Denver

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Maybe it's just me and I've visited too many dispensaries in the last five years, but sometimes the names of these shops sound like heavy, stoner-rock bands from the '70s. Like,"'Did you see the festival lineup for Hemp Fest, man? Kind Love, Nature's Kiss, Good Chemistry, Standing Akimbo and, dude, Universal Herbs is headlining!" I had that thought about Universal Herbs the other week and laughed to myself as I walked in the front doors, no doubt looking like a showered and cleaner version of the crazies that meander up and down Park Avenue on a regular basis.

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Medical marijuana dispensary review: The Green Depot in Denver

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In every city, there are buildings known for being complete black holes for any restaurant or bar that tries to open. I can think of a few in Denver off the top of my head, including one at the corner of 11th and Lincoln, where dance clubs, mescal bars and wanna-be hipster hangouts have burned out within a year, if not a few months. Similarly, over the last five years, I've seen the same thing happen in the medical marijuana world in Denver, at the South Broadway storefront currently occupied by the Green Depot. But this center may have finally found the formula for breaking the curse.



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Marijuana: Puff, Pass and Paint offers a 420-friendly art experience

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Like most artists, Denver painter Heidi Keyes, seen here, was looking to expand her artistic endeavors.

Then, a friend told her to create a Colorado-style version of the popular Sip and Paint/Canvas and Cocktails events already happening: "Why not some kind of 420-friendly painting class?"

And with that, Puff, Pass and Paint was born, gaining steam and clients faster than Keyes could ever have imagined.

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Medical marijuana dispensary review: Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine in Golden

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Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine is located in the shadow of the Interstate 70 and Highway 6 interchange, and it's home is one of the most curious buildings in the metro area.

I've been driving past the thing for at least fifteen years, and always assumed it was a really tiny apartment complex due to the balconies and stonework/log cabin look. (Yes, it would have been an oddly located apartment, but I've lived in stranger locales.) Turns out I was pleasantly wrong.

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Medical marijuana revenues in Colorado in 2013: $328 million-plus

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After peaking for 2013 at 112,862 patients in August, the state medical marijuana registry went into a two-month decline, losing more than 2,000 patients by November, when the total was 110,785 registered medical marijuana users.

But even if the overall numbers are lower, the amount of money spent by MMJ patients is considerable. According to State of Colorado figures, the total topped $328 million -- well over $100 million more than the figure reported for the previous year.

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Photos: Ten best marijuana concentrates of 2013

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Editor's note: William Breathes became the planet's first professional medical marijuana critic when he joined Westword in 2009, and since then, he's emerged as the local expert on all things cannabis.

Today, he lists his ten favorite marijuana concentrates of 2013.

Check out his choices below, and click on the accompanying links to read his original reviews of the shops that made the cut.

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Photos: Ten dankest marijuana strains of 2013

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Editor's note: William Breathes became the planet's first professional medical marijuana critic when he joined Westword in 2009, and since then, he's emerged as the local expert on all things cannabis.

Today, he lists the ten dankest marijuana strains of 2013.

Check out his choices below, and click on the accompanying links to read his original reviews of the shops that made the cut.

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