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Cannabis-themed concerts at Red Rocks, PTSD fails in legislature



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Mozart meets marijuana

It will be a polyphonic spree when the Colorado Symphony's Classically Cannabis: The High Notes Series gets going with four events this summer, including a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

"Like the Colorado Symphony, the cannabis industry is entrepreneurial, innovative and responsive to the people of Colorado," says Jerome Kern, symphony CEO, in a press release. "These businesses have expressed a willingness to support the Colorado Symphony's mission. Our doors are open to any legal, legitimate business that wants to help."

However, don't look for a similar setup in these parts anytime soon, says Nathan Newbrough, president of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

"I admit that we've never considered such thing," he writes an email to the Indy. "My first reaction is that there's not a compelling local need or sufficient support. We tend to stick to traditional revenue models instead of themed-out fundraisers — this keeps us focused on genuine artistry and impact."

Since three of the Santa Fe Arts District shows are bring-your-own-bud, a special note about the Red Rocks performance is pretty funny to anybody who's ever been to a show there: "Please note that the consumption of cannabis at Red Rocks is prohibited by law."

Still no pot for PTSD

Denver attorney Brian Vicente has twice petitioned the Colorado Board of Health to add post-traumatic stress disorder to its list of ailments considered treatable with medical marijuana, and twice been denied. A third effort at adding the condition via the Legislature had some hope, but last week it died in committee due to the lack of scientific study, disappointing its supporters.

"This is something Sensible Colorado has worked on for four years-plus," Vicente told Westword. "And it seems that time and again, the government has acted to prevent PTSD sufferers from ready access to medical marijuana. We think the vote last night was just shameful."


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