By Ricardo Baca, The Cannabist Staff
The big event — 4/20 itself — has landed. And we’re out among Denver catching up with people at the Cup, the Rally and the ancillary events associated with 4/20 weekend.
There’s more action to be had today, but here’s a video-centric update on 4/20 in Denver and Boulder:
1. Yesterday: Let’s start with a quick look back as Cannaibist marijuana critic Jake Browne talks about his first day at the Cannabis Cup.
2. Meanwhile on Welton Street: Cervantes is a miniature festival today with two Method Man & Redman shows, a big, outdoors Leftover Salmon show on the street and another show on the Other Side. Here’s the scene as doors were opening today.
3. Sunday brunch: Since many of these interviews took place at Edible Events’ Wake-N-Bacon brunch, hosted by local entrepreneur Amy Dannemiller – better known in Colorado’s cannabis community as Jane West – here is West talking about her brunch event from the sidewalk patio of Sugar Bakeshop in Denver’s Baker neighborhood.
4. Meanwhile in Boulder: The CU-Boulder campus is closed down for the second consecutive 4/20. Did they all come down to Denver?
5. Pot tourism: Brannon from the Travel Joint is in Colorado from Las Vegas to talk about his marijuana tourism company, which has partnered with companies such as Priceline and Uber.
6. I scream, ice cream: What’s an ice cream truck to do amid a big ol’ stoner festival? Not a lot when traffic is this bad.
7. Media rush: Ellen and Gracie from Berkeley, California-based Cannabis Now Magazine wouldn’t have missed celebrating 4/20 in Colorado. Listen to them talk about their Denver experience.
8. Pot aficionado: Weed is not only a young person’s game. Here’s 64-year-old Bonnie Rush, from Colorado advertising site Finding Miss MJ, talking about waiting in line for more than two hours at the Cannabis Cup on Saturday.
9. Leftover Salmon’s soundcheck: Welton Street is ready for the music — almost.
10. A weekly 420-friendly brunch spot in Denver: Sugar Bakeshop is a darling spot in Baker, and entrepreneur Natalie Slevin assuredly runs the shop with style. Listen to Slevin talk about her idea for a weekly weed-friendly brunch.
11. All play and no work: I wish I could do what Tiffany Gagne’s doing with a hula hoop. Seems like she has a good plan for 4/20.
12. 15 days straight of work in Colorado’s marijuana industry: Those who know 3D Cannabis’ Christy Lunsford won’t be surprised that she’s worked 15 straight days leading up to 4/20 weekend. Here’s Lunsford soaking up the sun.
13. Where’s critic Jake going next? Check out Jake’s plan for the Cannabis Cup’s second and final day.
14. “Just say yes to liberty:” The scene at Civic Center is picking up.
15. Back to the Cannabis Cup: Check out the sweet view from the third floor of Dixie Elixirs’ temporary tower at the Cup.
16. Up on high: The view of 4/20 at Denver’s Civic Center park from — pardon the pun — up high. Only thing missing: Phish.
17. Is that chocolate fountain medicated: Yes, Colorado edibles company Incredibles has a most-excellent chocolate fountain at its Cannabis Cup booth.
18. Pat-downs at Civic Center: Here’s Cannabist pot critic Jake Browne reporting from Civic Center on the pat-downs they’re conducting on anybody coming into the Rally.
19. Lines, lines, lines: Yikes, check out today’s line for the Cannabis Cup.
20. What’s new at Civic Center: “It looks much more like an actual festival, for better or worse.”
21. Nice white tent, dude: What’s that giant non-smoking tent in the middle of Civic Center for?
Ricardo Baca is the editor of The Cannabist. After 12 years as The Denver Post’s music critic and a couple more as the paper’s entertainment editor, he was…
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