Change in business
There's a new cannabis bar in town, but it looks familiar. The Dab Lounge is at 1532 N. Circle Drive, the same space as the now-defunct 420 Speakeasy. It has mostly the same furniture. The owner, Daniel Goodman, was night manager before buying the business. The place even has the same Star Wars pinball machine.
But that's where the similarities end. Goodman is repurposing the club's s so-so hip-hop stage for comedy, in the style of nearby Loonies. Only instead of drunken hecklers, Goodman plans to fill his seats with giggling stoners.
"I come from a background in comedy in New York," he says, "just going to shows every weekend."
And so far, it shows. Local comedian Ben Verbeck says, "I always loved the place when it was 420 Speakeasy, but Dan has made significant improvements."
It's not just the comedy drawing special attention. Goodman has teamed up with local vaporizer company Silver Surfer to stock Dab with Silver Surfers for both flower and concentrates. He's also bought scented oil trays for his vaporizers — they can do double duty as aromatherapy for planned yoga sessions.
Goodman's added pool tables to the game room, and hopes to host tournaments. An espresso dispenser is due to arrive Friday. The house lights are noticeably brighter, and the front desk bar area cleaner.
"We wanted it to weed out any seedy element," Goodman says. "We wanted to make a place for people to laugh."
Verbeck says that's what Goodman's done. "Dan is cultivating a client base that is easy to get along with, and the club always has a laid-back vibe," he says.
Guerrilla grow busted
On Aug. 19, the U.S. Forest Service destroyed an illegal marijuana grow operation in Pike National Forest west of Lakewood. Local and federal agencies helped on the raid, destroying 3,900-plus plants, plus more than 3,000 pounds of equipment, including irrigation pipe, pesticides, camping gear and trash.
"Illegal marijuana cultivation causes a wide variety of problems," says Tammy Williams, spokesperson for the Forest Service. "For instance, the use of herbicides, pesticides and rodenticides can cause extensive and long-term damage to ecosystems and impact public drinking water for hundreds of miles."
The Forest Service asks anyone with information on the grow or any others to call 303/275-5266.
A few weeks ago, the Colorado Board of Health decided against adding PTSD to the list of conditions that can be treated with marijuana. The Associated Press reports that five PTSD sufferers aren't content to wait for results of ongoing studies that might help their cause — they're going to court. On Aug. 20, they filed suit in Denver District Court to reverse the decision.