Your 4/20 calendar
While July 10 makes its push for relevancy — the date, "710," is the word "OIL" upside down, a reference to increasingly popular variations of butane-extracted hash oil — April 20 reigns supreme on the cannabis calendar. So with that in mind, here's where to celebrate this Sunday. (Note: All events are 21 and up.)
• Starting at noon, Club 710 (1609 S. Nevada Ave., 321/626-9469) will charge members $10 and nonmembers $20 to come enjoy its "day of 420 festivities." Goers will find a free bud, vape and dab bar as well as "WAR OF THE WORLDS rap battles" showcasing 16 emcees from seven states. DJ Lay It Down will take over at 10 p.m.
• Similarly, the Lazy Lion (2502 E. Bijou St., thelazylion420.com) says non-members can pay $5 for a one-day membership and another $5 for entrance to its noon 4/20 party, where live music will combine with guest stars from the VH1 reality show Black Ink Crew.
• Doors open at 4 p.m. at Cloud 9 Cannabis Bar (419 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/321-8326), where $5 gets you in if you bring your own bud. It's $20 if you want VIP access, which includes complimentary dabs of shatter hash off of Colorado Springs' Green Monster Glass. Also find snacks, drinks, pool, movies from Netflix and more.
• At 8 p.m., Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., speakeasycannabisclub.com) will host a celebratory smoke-out and fireworks show.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, the International Cannabis Technology Expo will fill The Mining Exchange (8 S. Nevada Ave., mmjbusinessacademy.com) with booths, lectures, vendors, live music and more. See the ReLeaf for details.
Then there's everything happening in Denver: the annual Civic Center rally; High Times' Cannabis Cup; and the Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa concert, to name just a (very) few. The Denver Post has a good roundup at thecannabist.co.
Expanding the farm
Last week, the Manitou Springs Planning Commission approved Bill Conkling's application to open a Maggie's Farm (maggiesfarmmarijuana.com) location, setting it up to be one of two RMJ stores to operate in the city. The process now moves to Manitou's Council, which will consider the issue in early May. "Conkling said his medical businesses contributed $217,000 in sales tax revenue in 2013," the Gazette reported.
State tax spikes
Tax numbers are in, and the state of Colorado collected $3.2 million in marijuana taxes in February, up from the $2.9 million in January. The special 10 percent recreational-marijuana sales tax generated $1.43 million, while the 15 percent excise tax, earmarked for school construction, brought in $339,615.