Welcome to Colorful Colorado: Pot is coming to the Denver County Fair in 2014

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Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore: Dana Cain and Tracy Weil of the Denver County Fair just announced that the nation's first Pot Pavilion will be part of the annual event's three-day run in August at the National Western Complex. The new 21-and-over pavilion, to be located on a newly added third level, will feature its own Rocky Mountain High Stage for comedy and live music, pot-themed exhibitor booths and -- because a fair isn't a fair without the blue ribbons -- a display area for public entries in such categories as "Best Homemade Bong," "Best Brownie Recipe" and "Best Homemade Tie-Dye" and off-the-cuff competitions like "Speed Rolling" and a "Doritos-Eating Contest." A fair Beer Pavilion celebrating Denver's brew culture will share the upstairs space; that's a new addition, too.

See also: Recreational marijuana sales begin in Denver

"We had to have a Pot Pavilion," says Cain. "Being the first city in the world to legislate recreational marijuana is not an accomplishment we can ignore. So far, it really looks like a win-win for Denver, and the tax revenues are already bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars for Colorado's public education."

The Denver County Fair, scheduled for August 1 through August 3 this year, will include all the usual Denver-centric fun, from its nerd-tastic Geek Pavilion to the ever-popular pie-eating contests, as well as the debut of I Heart Denver and Sports pavilions.

Tickets go on sale June 1. Visit the website for more information; learn more about the Pot Pavilion online. And stay tuned to Show and Tell for all the latest on the 2014 Denver County Fair.

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National Western Complex

4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO

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John E Thompson
John E Thompson

no thanks...I move from state to state someday I will find one I like

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

Stay where you are and just change your state laws.

Carrie Turrentine
Carrie Turrentine

Sara do you also feel the need to explain to you kids the other "adds" in the west word advertising sex?There is something for kids of either gender, that is quite sexual. Just one example..I've got more..

Carrie Turrentine
Carrie Turrentine

I don't have any kids and am sick of people whining "what about the kids" Its your job to raise YOUR KIDS..NOT MINE! I do not in anyway want or feel the need to alter my life style to suite your life choice..

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

And, eventually, so will too be the rents here relative to median income thanks to all of these trust fund yuppie-hipster-douche asshats from the coasts.

Ken Walters
Ken Walters

Just to get some facts straight: The adults only beer and pot pavilions will be on an upper floor, NOTHING will be visible to anyone under 21. There will be absolutely NO marijuana on the premises, the judging of the plants will be done off site and pictures of the winning plants will be displayed with their respective ribbons. And there won't be people downstairs handing out flyers for pot or head shops to kids. The Fair will be just as kid friendly as ever.

Kim Keene DC
Kim Keene DC

Will try to be there! Florida just got MM on the ballot for next election

Zed Lepplin
Zed Lepplin

I would like to volunteer to be a judge. haha Fun times.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

            *** Early Pot Use Increased Heroin Addiction predisposition ***

... and it makes users STUPID!


When President Obama declared in a recent New Yorker magazine interview that he doesn’t think pot “is more dangerous than alcohol,” he seemed to contradict his own administration’s policy that is firmly against the legalization of marijuana. He also seemed to indicate that the pot smoking he did in his teens had no major health impact.

“I view it as a bad habit and a vice,” he told the New Yorker’s David Remnick, “not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked.”

That’s a position a lot of teens take today — more teenagers smoke pot than cigarettes, according to a 2012 survey from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But there’s a scarcity of research to determine just how risky it is to use marijuana purely for recreational purposes.

“I don’t know if we have any definitive answers about cannabis use and its long-term health impact,” said Dr. Yasmin Hurd, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. “It hasn’t been studied as much as cigarettes and alcohol.”

Hurd and drug policy researchers distinguish recreational use from medicinal use, which also hasn’t been well studied but has anecdotally been shown to ease pain and nausea. Marijuana dispensed for medical purposes was legalized last November in Massachusetts.

Even if smoking pot carries the same health risks as alcohol, as Obama claims, that doesn’t bring much comfort to Dr. Timothy Naimi, a substance abuse policy researcher at Boston Medical Center. “Excessive alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the US,” he said.

Regular marijuana use also has risks: One in six adolescents who use pot regularly will become addicted, according to Susan Weiss, associate director for scientific affairs at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. More than 6 percent of teens report in government surveys that they smoke marijuana nearly every day.

She and other public health officials are most concerned about adolescent use because adolescence is a crucial time for brain development.

2012 Duke University study found that IQ scores dropped in teens who started smoking pot and continued into adulthood. Other research suggests the habit may interfere with memory and lead to an impairment in assessing dangerous risks.

And a new animal study conducted by Hurd and her colleagues suggests that marijuana use in teens could affect the programming of certain genes that increase drug addiction tendencies in offspring conceived years later.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, was conducted in rats who were exposed to THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — during their adolescence.

“They had the equivalent of a joint every few days and then stopped in early adulthood before giving birth to offspring,” Hurd said. “Their offspring were more likely to seek out heroin that was offered to them and to exhibit withdrawal symptoms when not given the drug compared with those born to rats given a placebo.” All of the baby rats were raised by nonbiological parents not exposed to any THC.

kadargo
kadargo

This is nice to see.  As activists work to lower the penalties for cannabis possession and use, my hope is that more people move away from alcohol and toward cannabis.  That is to say that after work, instead of running to happy hour, they instead head home to have a toke or two.


Amendment 20 took effect over a decade ago.  The problems I heard were mostly, "There are more dispensaries than Starbucks", yet I only continued to see in the nightly news problems caused by users of alcohol.


Then Amendment 64 came along over a year ago and still I see far more problems being reported in the nightly news by users of alcohol.


Then the recreational shops opened almost a month ago and police are reporting no major problems.  Charlie Brown, a Denver City Council member who appears to be a cannabis opponent even said he was surprised how smoothly this went saying also that he was expecting "cannabis chaos", and that he was relieved to see it didn't happen.


It would appear that as more and more people move away from alcohol and toward cannabis, maybe the horrible things we see in the news will stop.  I can hope. :)  Now, that's not to say that people don't get into trouble with cannabis use.  I did see a report where a stoner ran into the back of a State Trooper's patrol car. shoving it into another patrol car, but I saw a similar report of a drunk doing the same thing a week earlier.  I also saw several similar reports involving the same sort of thing, drunks running into police cars over the last 8 months or so.  Based on the nightly news reports, users of alcohol seem to cause far more problems than cannabis users.


Now, that is not to say that I support going through life under the influence of anything, but when the work is done and adults want to relax and wind down from their day, there is a far better choice than alcohol.  If for no other reason, than to skip the hangover or even feeling crappy the next morning.



Don Gweedo
Don Gweedo

My nephew has lived with me for 7 years. He was constantly putting things in his mouth and picking up stuff. When he was about 8 or so I finally asked him what all he knew about stippers. (Which turned out to be enough to make me blush). So I went on to tell them the reason they do it. So they can get a dollar bill. So I asked him where he would put a dollar bill on a naked women. Needless to say after describing how filthy something like money is (even though it's valuable) but still filthy, he quit putting money and change in his mouth. I was able to work on this topic enough to get him to change his perspective on how dirty the world can be. So he is 11 now and has not put anything in his mouth or picked up anything off the ground. (Besides change).

Bryan Borgman
Bryan Borgman

Sarah Jane has failed at life, & definitely this argument. Unless you are a member or founder of some organization trying re criminalize alcohol, stfu. Get with the times. Marijuana is safer!

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

And I'm sorry I'll monitor this earlier next time to head off any moronic comments you have. I'm surprised you have a kid with how much of a prude you are.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

I think you've proven yourself wrong over and over. The thought that we can't have a tent for this because you can't keep your kids from picking crap up off the ground at a fair is ridiculous. Do your job as a parent and stop blaming everyone else for your failings.

Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

And btw, if my argument is failing..prove me wrong.

Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

Exactly. You're right, my mind is changed on the whole topic that ended hours ago. God you're right. I'm a terrible parent and I should feel shamed.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

The last resort of a failing argument is spelling correction. Sounds like a you problem, not an us problem. If your kids are that young, they're not going to know what they're picking up and if they're older well that's your job as a parent.

Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

I get it, it's an adult pavilion (that's the correct spelling), and yeah kids never pick up anything off the ground...ever...your point not taken.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

It's an adults only pavillion. And why are they picking up stuff on the ground anyway? Stuff people walked on or worse?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!



Mae Helms
Mae Helms

Sounds like you need to keep your kids locked up and homeschooled, since you're so worried about what they might see or learn out in the real world.

Ski Steve
Ski Steve

Good to see you're off celebs and back to your bread and butter. *This post sponsored by voodoo donuts.

Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

It's still being promoted isn't it? It's in Westword isn't it? Just think about it. Cool so my kids will be able to pick up the dropped or disgarded coupons and flyers...wonderful.

Brenda Schurrer-Maro
Brenda Schurrer-Maro

Actually if you read the article it even says no marijuana will be sold or distributed at the fair. They will have shows and marijuana related booths in the adult only area where kids will not see it. All it will be is people handing out flyers, coupons and information about their businesses. Ooooo so destructive LMAO

Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

Sorry I had to re read your response...I don't think it's ok to advertise either one. Now, feel free to be pro pot, but just remember there are people out here who are also for pot but not the way this is going. I don't approve of yet another way to promote altering your mind. The children see it. That is all I'm saying.

Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

will you be getting a beer or two at the fair? if so, you should probably remove this comment.. reeks of hypocrisy.

Brenda Schurrer-Maro
Brenda Schurrer-Maro

So wait, it's ok with you that they are around the beer and alcohol that's been at the fair for decades but if, in that same adult only area, someone wants to smoke a joint instead of get drunk then they are "stupid"? Wow, somehow that's what just sounds stupid to me.

Kristen Elizabeth
Kristen Elizabeth

Not stupid. It's called progress. It's called an "21 and over Pavillion" which means no children. Do you take your kids to the bar and feed them booze. No, you don't. The $ that Colorado is already making on pot is already helping the Colorado public school system. It will only continue to help our economy. So therefore: NOT STUPID. MORE LIKE AWESOME!!!

Mae Helms
Mae Helms

^they already have. Read the article.

Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

Please start thinking of the kids, I'm not against pot but this is stupid.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** Regulation Works! ***

roymadstone236
roymadstone236

@DonkeyHotay Hey numbnuts, since you seem so enamored with cut and paste functions in your browser, what does adolescent smoking have to do with legalization?  One of the points of legalization is to keep it OUT of the hands of adolescents by regulating the growth and distribution.


How about some research showing the legalization leads to more use by adolescents?  Since it has been definitively shown that the rise in the drinking age has led to increased use of alcohol and binge drinking, we can safely say that making something illegal increases the allure of substance abuse.  An argument that legalizing weed will attract adolescents in just not valid.  Of course there is no such research, but there will be in few years.  Until then, STFU.  You've spent years here spouting your crap to no avail.


Who here is arguing to increase use by adolescents?  Its unfortunate your employer has to pay for you to pleasure yourself all day on the computer instead of you doing your job.

ignorancekiller
ignorancekiller

So what??? And what if your kids get a disgarded coupon or flyer?? Oooweee....they are going to be ruined for life I tell ya, RUINED! LOL Come on now....this is just ignorance.

jabuhrer
jabuhrer

Do you also think it is stupid that they sell beer at the fair? Because that's been happening since, well, forever. Think of the children!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@roymadstone236 "One of the points of legalization is to keep it OUT of the hands of adolescents by regulating the growth and distribution."


Only a brain dead idiot like you would assert that by making pot more available in society it would somehow magically reduce availability to the underage.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@roymadstone236 "Oh yes, your IP address IS visible."


Bullshit much, eh loser?


So who's forcing you to read, much less reply to, my posts?


Be specific.

roymadstone236
roymadstone236

@DonkeyHotay  And only a schmuck like you would steal money from a government job while constantly ruining everyone else's experience with Westword.  Oh yes, your IP address IS visible.


Sorry jerk, but just because your feeble brain can only process what makes sense only to you, doesn't make it correct. Actually, please apply that to all of your comments.


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