CannaBiz: Notes on Field of Dreamz

| April 14, 2011

'... they will come'

If you're expecting to find a heavy cloud of smoke hovering over America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive) in celebration of 4:20 — the unofficial shorthand for "weed friendly," often linked to time and date — you're probably out of luck, says Travis Ransdell of Sub Culture Entertainment & Promotions.

"This is not a protest, like the Denver rally, or the Boulder rally," says Ransdell, organizer of Field of Dreamz, which kicks off around 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 20. "This is an educational music festival. We want to keep a positive vibe throughout the whole day."

What you likely will find: up to 4,000 people attending the first-time festival, which features speakers Dr. Robert Melamede, Tanya Garduno of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, and departing City Councilor Tom Gallagher, among others. Food will be available via the caterers at Buffalo Gals, while musical acts ranging from hip-hop group The Foodchain to the rock-playing Austin Johnson Band will perform through the day. Lastly, multiple local medical marijuana centers will have information booths.

"We really want this to be a big day for the community, and to show our city that we are peaceful people and we're not here to make trouble," Ransdell says. "It's just going to be a big networking day for the city, and just a peace demonstration. So they can see that we can get together in the masses and promote our community, our culture and the business."

Keef crumbs

• Catch Len Richmond's hour-long movie What If Cannabis Cured Cancer at this weekend's Indie Spirit Film Festival. The film will screen at 6:45 p.m., Friday, April 15, in Colorado College's Armstrong Theater (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., indiespiritfilmfestival.org), and at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 17 at the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.).

• The last opportunity for the public to comment on House Bill 1261 — the attempt to define a legal limit for THC in a driver's blood — is Monday, April 18. The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Colorado State Capitol Building (200 E. Colfax Ave., 303/866-2604).

• The Denver Post reports that the state House has passed House Bill 1043, the MMJ "cleanup" bill that, among other things, extends a statewide moratorium on new businesses an additional year. The bill requires one more vote before being sent to the Senate.

• A 28-foot long "GrowBot" marijuana-growing trailer was stolen from the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Denver earlier this month, and a $5,000 reward is offered to the returnee. Call 303/598-2929 with more information.

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