When recreational marijuana was officially legalized in Colorado, the cannabis industry began to boom. There are many different ways to learn about the culture, find out more about the growing process and discover the business side of cannabis in Colorado. Really, there is something out there for anyone with any interest in the growing field of marijuana. Whether you want to learn more about the business side, you want to learn how to cook with oils or you want to visit some dispensaries to get a look at a growing facility, check out these great cannabis events in Denver.
The Denver Mart Expo Building
451 E 58th Ave
Denver, CO 80216
Date: Nov. 15 and 16, 2014
If you are interested in the business side of the growing marijuana industry, then this trade show is for you. It’s a two-day event that will showcase new technology, lifestyle, education, services, cultivation and more. Of course, there will also be hundreds of brands and product lines on display featuring everything from smoking accessories to equipment, supplies, jewelry and apparel. There will also be a number of educational seminars, demonstrations and other opportunities to connect and share with other professionals in the marijuana industry. For the general public, there will also be a job fair at the event, to help connect job seekers with the hundreds of new jobs that are becoming available every day.
Cannabis Grand Cru
709 E. Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO 81611
Date: Nov. 14-16, 2014
Escape to Aspen for three days of cannabis culture, lifestyle, business and community. You’ll enjoy a series of lectures and seminars all centered around the cannabis business. Ticketholders will also get access to the Grand Cru village for a look at the latest products from the top manufacturers and dispensaries around. This is a members-only event, so if you’d like to purchase tickets to the Grand Cru, you’ll need to visit the website and sign up to be a member. Membership is free.
Puff, Pass and Paint
If you’ve ever enjoyed Canvas and Cocktails, then you know what you are in for with Puff, Pass and Paint. Denver-based artist Heidi Keyes opens up her home studio as you and a few friends enjoy a two-hour smoking session while you follow along with Keyes to create your own artistic masterpiece. Since the class is in Keyes’ private home, you are able to light up and smoke while you express your creative side with all of the paints and canvas included. Of course, class space is limited and only nine students can take a class at any one time, so make sure to check out the website to sign up for classes early.
Cooking with Cannabis and Dry Ice Extraction Hash Class
High Country Cannabis Tours
Focusing on the edible side of the cannabis industry, this class will introduce you to all of the different ways to infuse your foods with the qualities of cannabis. You’ll visit the High Country Cannabis location to start learning all about making cannabis butter to using dry ice extraction or even preparing a gourmet meal or pastry. It’s a fun way to learn all about the process of cooking with marijuana in a fun and hands-on class. Plus you will get plenty to eat and lots of recipes to take home to try on your own. This class is offered weekly though High Country Cannabis, but make sure to check availability in advance.
Colorado Cannabis Tours
1475 High Street
Denver, CO 80218
Want to learn more about the fastest growing industry in Colorado today? Check out this tour for a look behind the scenes at the legal cannabis industry in Denver. You’ll get to check out a live grow house, visit dispensaries in town and even check out some glass blowing demonstrations. There are several different tours to choose from, depending on which aspect of the industry interests you most. You can even take your own private limousine to the tour to really make your experience something special. Whether you are coming to Denver to check out the new cannabis scene, or if you live here and just want to learn more, here is a great way to start.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.