Oteil Burbridge Now Has His Own Strain Of Cannabis

Oteil Burbridge Now Has His Own Strain Of Cannabis

By Admin

It’s no surprise that Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge is a fan of marijuana. After the band’s debut trip to Colorado last fall, Burbridge and the band members shared some fun snapshots of them visiting some dispensaries. It seems that Burbridge has taken his love a step further, teaming up with GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique to create “Oteil’s Egyptian Kush,” a unique strain of cannabis.

GroundSwell posted a description of the new herb, saying:

Boasting a sweet cherry flavor, this indica-leaning hybrid kicks off with a stimulating rush of energy and evolves into a body effect that sets you blissfully adrift. Oteil’s Egyptian Kush is ideal for losing yourself in a favorite song and grooving to the bassline alongside thousands of your closest friends.

Burbridge shared a number of images on Facebook, capturing the GroundSwell collaboration. Check it out below!

Oteil Burbridge Now Has His Own Strain Of Cannabis2018-07-05T13:44:04+00:00

Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Colorado, Summer 2017

Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Colorado, Summer 2017

THE LEAFLY LIST: COLORADO

Summer 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Colorado. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ 
for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

1. Lightshade – Havana 

503 Havana St. Aurora, CO 

(Courtesy of Lightshade)
(Courtesy of Lightshade)

Established in 2011, Lightshade is known for its high-end genetics 
and potent cannabis 
. With four locations to chose from, you’re sure to find a Lightshade in your neighborhood. Come see why the team at Lightshade says “the difference is night and day.”

Index: 91.01

What to Buy: Watermelon Gummies Hybrid 100mg from Wana 

Also Featured In: Leafly List Winners of 2016 

What People Are Saying:

“I loved everything about this place, from the open-air waiting room to the great service and selection of oils. I will definitely be returning! The flower at the store is great but the selection of edibles, quality oils, and vaporizers is what truly makes Lightshade shine.”—HailFnordia 

2. The Joint – Denver 

4735 W. 38th Ave Denver, CO 

The Joint Marijuana Dispensary Denver Colorado November Leafly List
(Courtesy of The Joint)

The Joint serves medical and recreational cannabis consumers alike from its location on West 38th Avenue near downtown Denver. Its signature strain offering, Voodoo 
, is always on the menu, and keeps patrons coming back for more.

Index: 88.04

What to Buy: Lee Roy OG 
 from The Joint 

What People Are Saying:

“I love this location. Service is really awesome. Saturdays are my favorite … 20% off all glass.”—damage187 

3. Trenchtown 

Denver, CO 

(Courtesy of Trenchtown)
(Courtesy of Trenchtown)

Part dispensary, part downtown cannabis farm, Trenchtown is a vertically integrated Denver cannabis destination committed to providing Coloradans with quality, organic, hand trimmed, pesticide-free cannabis. They grow and sell over 50 unique strains in-house, and customers love that their high-quality local cannabis doesn’t come with astronomical price tags.

Index: 87.84

What to Buy: Bruce Banner Live Resin 
 from Trenchtown 

What People Are Saying:

“First time in and the staff could not have been nicer. Let me know about a concentrate special that I had seen earlier and forgot about! Thanks”—ghostpeppa 

4. Ballpark Holistic Dispensary 

2119 Larimer Street Denver, CO 

(Courtesy of Ballpark)
(Courtesy of Ballpark)

Ballpark Holistic Dispensary is located in the heart of downtown Denver, just two blocks from Coors Field. It caters to a wide variety of holistic needs and serves both medical and recreational consumers, offering an expansive menu and free parking across the street. Visit its Leafly menu 
to pre-order your favorite strains.

Index: 86.96

What People Are Saying:

“Went in yesterday and had an amazing experience … got the strains I needed because of the customer service he gave me. Thank you!!!!!”—amaliadaniel 

5. Lightshade – Iliff 

Aurora, CO 

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(Courtesy of Lightshade)

Established in 2011, Lightshade is known for its high-end genetics and potent cannabis. Among its locations, the Iliff store stands out for having a personable staff that customers depend on in selecting the best products for their needs from the extensive, varied menu.

Index: 86.58

What People Are Saying:

“Lightshade has unique qualities but 2 that stand out the most to me is the consistency of quality product and the ability for them to exhibit other growers potential by making ambassador strains available through them. The only dispensary I’ve seen show that level of commitment to offering great products!”—lana1234 

6. Infinite Wellness Center 

900 N College Ave Fort Collins, CO 

(Courtesy of Infinite Wellness Center)
(Courtesy of Infinite Wellness Center)

Infinite Wellness Center stands on three pillars: offering the best products, with the best prices, and all with the best service. Its professional environment is matched by its competitive pricing that offers affordable options for consumers of every income level.

Index: 85.94

What People Are Saying:

“I have lots of favorites about IW, but my hats off to the med receptionists who always make my day. They greet you with a smile and send you in with such a great feeling, it really starts your experience off each time on the right note. Bud is great, and budtenders are responsive and patient.”—slightlyaud 

7. Universal Herbs Park Ave 

Denver, CO 

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(Courtesy of Universal Herbs)

Universal Herbs on Park Avenue has been serving the Denver cannabis community since 2009. Many storefronts tout their dedication to providing top-notch customer service, but few places offer weekly cookouts for their patrons. Plus, UH grow hundreds of pesticide-free cannabis strains in their 55,000 square foot grow facility.

Index: 85.71

What People Are Saying:

“It is an incredible experience. The staff is highly educated, but always open to new knowledge. Top notch shop.”—bshakes42015 

8. Maggie’s Farm in Manitou Springs 

Manitou Springs, CO 

Maggie's Farm in Manitou Springs
(Courtesy of Maggie’s Farm)

Maggie’s Farm is famous for its sun-grown, spring-watered, slow-cured, hand-trimmed cannabis, so it makes sense that the farm would put the same level of effort into creating truly great dispensaries. Customers are consistently blown away by the high-quality, organic cannabis, vast selection, and the team of dedicated, friendly staff at Maggie’s Manitou Springs location.

Index: 85.64

What People Are Saying:

“No other shop is as good as Maggie’s Farm. They have it all! In addition to great flower, concentrates, edibles, and more they also have an awesome loyalty program so you get great specials on top of great discounts!! And the people here are the best around! Best shop in town!!”—Cankellydice 

9. Highland Health — Trinidad 

Trinidad, CO 

Highland Health Trinidad Colorado Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017
(Courtesy of Highland Health)

Highland Health packages their cannabis at the time of sale to ensure that their customers take home the freshest, highest quality cannabis possible. Their commitment to helping their community of patients and customers is obvious; in fact, they’re so driven to help folks get the relief they need that they’re willing to send them to other dispensaries in the area if they aren’t able to procure specific products visitors are looking for.

Index: 84.38

What People Are Saying:

“This is the best dispensary that I have been to in southern Colorado! The customer service was outstanding and the weed I purchased was top notch. I purchased a half of Grape Stomper 
which is covered in crystals, and I also purchased a half of Master Kush 
which is just what I needed for when I want to spend an afternoon lounging around on my couch. I can’t say enough good things about Highland Health in Trinidad, they treat their customers right and I left a very happy man!”—RedDevil92 

10. Botanico 

3054 Larimer St. Denver, CO 

(Courtesy of Botanico)

Botanico is praised for its consistency and superior quality 
. Its cannabis is accessible to all, with an exceptional price-to-quality ratio and an expansive menu. Budtenders welcome newcomers and returning customers alike to the shop with open arms and plenty of knowledge about the product selection.

Index: 83.8

Also Featured In: The Definitive Cannabis Travel Guide to Denver

What People Are Saying:

“Botanico is my favorite spot in all of Denver. Denver wouldn’t be the same without them!”—Isayytrippy 

11. The Green Joint – Parachute  

Parachute, CO 

(Courtesy of The Green Joint)

This cute shop is located just 30 minutes from Grand Junction and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The Green Joint’s team of helpful staff are great at recommending strains based on preference, intended activity, and tolerance level, and customers love their generous daily deals.

Index: 83.7

What People Are Saying:

“By far the best dispensary on the western slope. Laid back vibe, friendly budtenders, and great prices especially for Colorado residents. I drive 10 mins past a closer dispensary to come here because it’s worth it.”—Emtough 

12. L’Eagle Services 

380 Quivas St. Denver, CO 

L’Eagle specializes in clean, organic cannabis cultivation, and long-cures its flower for a minimum of 90 days to ensure smooth flavor and a balanced high. The dispensary also partners with local manufacturers to use this same house-grown flower in creating the dispensary’s edibles and concentrates. L’Eagle has earned a “Certifiably Green” designation from Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, which recognizes the sustainable and environmentally friendly practices of their business space.

Index: 82.21

What People Are Saying:

“Don’t play yourself. L’Eagle is the dispensary you want to spend that hard earned money. Simply put, VERY CLEAN CANNABIS. The staff is very friendly and patient if you are an indecisive customer who takes all the time in the world like me!”—Blewis808 

13. Faragosi Farms 

Trinidad, CO 

Faragosi Farms Colorado Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017
(Courtesy of Faragosi Farms)

This pet-friendly dispensary donates a whopping 33% of their profits to charity, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on quality. The laid-back, friendly atmosphere mixed with helpful and attentive budtenders attracts numerous visitors, yet reviewers say that they’re always able to get in, get out, and get on with their day quickly.

Index: 80.85

What People Are Saying:

“Always enjoy coming here best prices in town on edibles and have great quality cheap wax shatter and live resin.”—710catman 

14. Kind Love 

4380 E. Alameda Ave Denver, CO 

(Courtesy of Kind Love)
(Courtesy of Kind Love)

Kind Love serves top shelf cannabis, concentrates 
, and edibles 
in a comfortable and upscale environment. With a focus on meeting the unique needs of medical marijuana patients, Kind Love’s budtenders give each visitor an individual consultation to find the right strains and products for their specific ailments.

Index: 79.33

What People Are Saying:

“I love Kind Love, it’s honestly my favorite dispensary, the atmosphere is welcoming, they always have nice music playing, and the staff are all incredibly friendly and chatty, willing to help you with whatever you need. Thanks for the awesomeness Kind Love!”—SergeantInsanity 

15. Altitude East Colfax 

Aurora, CO 

(Courtesy of Altitude East)
(Courtesy of Altitude East Colfax)

Altitude’s ‘Frequent Flower Miles’ loyalty program offers special perks for members like double-points days and exclusive email offers as well as points for every dollar spent. While the rewards are nice, Leafly reviewers are most excited about Altitude’s friendly staff and wide selection of quality products.

Index: 78.89

What People Are Saying:

“Really nice place great budtenders fairly good selection really like how they take care of everyone individually”—trippyimp 

16. Diego Pellicer – Denver 

Denver, CO 

(Courtesy of Diego Pellicer Denver)
(Courtesy of Diego Pellicer Denver)

Customers are blown away by Diego Pellicer’s unique and well-appointed layout, which feels more like an art gallery or trendy restaurant than a dispensary. While the ambiance is swanky, the budtenders at this beautiful storefront couldn’t be more down-to-earth: They’re always willing to take the time to answer questions to help customers find the perfect strain.

Index: 78.6

What People Are Saying:

“This was my first time coming here and it was awesome!! The whole store is a hidden diamond in Denver great place to get your goods.”—Autyhottie420 

17. GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique 

Denver, CO 

GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique Colorado Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017
(Courtesy of GroundSwell)

Located conveniently in the Bluebird district of Denver, GroundSwell is popular among medical and adult-use patients alike. Their state-of-the-art rewards program allows members to skip the line by preordering their favorite strains and products, as well as earn points for each purchase that can be redeemed for awards, savings, or swag.

Index: 78.54

What People Are Saying:

“Meticulous selection, fantastic budtenders and wicked flowers. You won’t be disappointed with the selection or vibe here.”—thesmokybear 

18. Universal Herbs Jason St 

Denver, CO 

(Courtesy of Universal Herbs)
(Courtesy of Universal Herbs)

An abundant selection and welcoming atmosphere are enough to make anyone excited about this Athmar Park dispensary, but their truly amazing deals and everyday low prices are what get customers most excited. Customers love the short wait times and always-friendly service.

Index: 78.4

What People Are Saying:

“Everything about this location is great the weed strains the staff on hand and the location as well as the price”—alcweed 

19. Solace Meds 

Fort Collins, CO 

Solace Meds Colorado Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017
(Courtesy of Solace Meds)

Solace Meds’ newly renovated storefront in Fort Collins offers a wide selection of cannabis and cannabis products. Plus, the staff treats each of their customers like family, going out of their way to educate them about the differences between various strains and products as well as about the latest cannabis research developments.

Index: 78.26

What People Are Saying:

“The staff is friendly. They have great strains, including an amazing early OG phone, and they have the best selection of concentrates I’ve seen. This is the place to go in the Fort Collins area. Great deals all the time, too!!”—UncleHerb 

20. The Green Room 

Boulder, CO 

(Courtesy of The Green Room)
(Courtesy of The Green Room)

Upon walking into The Green Room dispensary in Boulder, most will immediately notice that it is, in fact, green. Apart from living up to its name, this recreational dispensary also lives up to its promise of providing high quality, pesticide-free cannabis to the good people of Boulder, Colorado.

Index: 78.06

What People Are Saying:

“Amazing staff, they really know all the products well and what would be the best for me! I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a very inviting and friendly atmosphere to shop in!”—km1

 

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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Colorado, Summer 20172018-07-05T11:59:58+00:00

VISIT MOUNTAIN HIGH SUCKERS & COMEDIAN JOSH BLUE AT GROUNDSWELL

VISIT MOUNTAIN HIGH SUCKERS & COMEDIAN JOSH BLUE AT GROUNDSWELL

By Mountain High Suckers

Come visit Mountain High Suckers and Comedian Josh Blue thisWednesday June 7th from 3pm to 6pm at GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique in Denver!

We’re celebrating our recent release of Josh Blue’s Dream – our  favorite blueberry and watermelon flavored suckers made with Blue Dream strain cannabis extract, Josh Blue’s favorite strain. Josh, who has cerebral palsy, has been using cannabis to help treat his symptoms for years and has recently joined the cannabis community as an advocate for change.

Mountain High Suckers is extremely proud to be working with Josh Blue and GroundSwell in this joint effort, so please swing by on Wednesday afternoon to lend your support and to snag one of these great cannabis infused edibles!

VISIT MOUNTAIN HIGH SUCKERS & COMEDIAN JOSH BLUE AT GROUNDSWELL2018-07-05T12:37:00+00:00

How Do Musicians’ Cannabis Strains Pair With Their Music?We Found Out.

HOW DO MUSICIANS’ CANNABIS STRAINS PAIR WITH THEIR MUSIC? WE FOUND OUT

By Symone Roque

As the cannabis capital of the United States, Denver is no stranger to celebrities visiting to indulge in legal consumption. But as the cannabis industry is becoming more and more mainstream, local musicians as well as musicians from all over the country are coming to Colorado to create their own strains. And with 420 right around the corner, 303 Magazine set out to test strains from Trev Rich, Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson and The Allman Brothers Band’s bassist, Oteil Burbridge. Read on to find out the kind of experience you can expect from these strains and what it was like to listen to their music while testing out their bud.

Big Gigantic

Album: Brighter Future (2016)

Strain: Cookies and Dream (Sativa-Dominant Hybrid)

Where to Find Strain: Native Roots

The Lowdown: Big Gigantic’s latest album is full of upbeat tempos, fast-paced beats and a solid list of features. Their strain, Cookies and Dream, complements the sounds of the new album with a happy and uplifting high. Cookies and Dream will give you a nice head high with its sweet berry and citric smell and taste. This would be a perfect strain to sit and listen to their album, and even better to enjoy at one of their shows. The energetic and uplifting high that Cookies and Dream gives you will make you want to dance and jam especially during songs like “Got the Love,” “No Apologies” and “Bring the Funk Back.”

Verdict: This is an experience no one over the age of 21 and in the state of Colorado should miss out on. Cookies and Dream and Brighter Future went together almost as good as the guys from the band do.

DJ Logic 

DJ Logic’s Logic Diesel strain. Photography courtesy of Brittany Werges.

Album: Zen of Logic (2006)

Strain: Logic Diesel (Sativa)

Where to Find Strain: GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique

The Lowdown: DJ Logic is known for the jazz music that influences his hip-hop, and the album Zen of Logic (2006) broadcasts his funky sound while he includes jazz horns and turntabling. As for his stain, Logic Diesel, you’ll find yourself full of creativity and energy which stems from the Sativa characteristics. This strain goes straight to the head because of its potency and high THC. While I smoked this strain I felt connected to DJ Logic’s beats, and felt like I could feel each funky bassline bumping through my body in songs like “Something Distant” and “Afro Beat.”

Verdict: A lot of zen-filled thoughts must have happened when DJ Logic created both a strain and album that go perfectly together.

Snoop Dogg

Album: Doggystyle (1993)

Strain: Tangerine Man (Sativa)

Where to Find Strain: LivWell Enlightened Health

The Lowdown: Snoop Dogg is arguably the king of cannabis, and both his weed and music reflect his passion for the plant. While listening to the 1993 rap classic, Doggystyle and smoking Tangerine Man I felt like I was in a ’90s video. Listening to “Gin and Juice” while smoking a bowl of this strain made me blissful, uplifted and I almost felt as cool as the Dogg himself. Smoking to this song combines the mellow effects of the cannabis with the turn-up quality that Snoop’s known for. Tangerine Man is one of the most fragrant strains on our list, and it has a beautiful citric aroma that is fresh and happy. This strain is perfect for bumping some mellow rap, hotboxing your car and rolling up to a smoke session with friends or a low-key party.

Verdict: Do you think the man that smokes weed 24/7 would create a strain that didn’t go with his music?

GRiZ

Album: Good Will Prevail (2016)

Strain: GRiZ Kush (Indica-Dominant Hybrid)

Where to Find Strain: Native Roots

The Lowdown: GRiZ’s latest album is full of energetic and masterfully produced songs that blur the lines of what EDM is. “Can’t Hold Me Down” combines a rock flare, EDM synths and GRiZ’s iconic sax solos. On the other hand, GRiZ Kush, is an earthy, purple and floral tasting bud that creates a great body high. The bass on this album seemed to vibrate throughout my entire body while I was listening and smoking. But the easygoing effects of the GRiZ Kush didn’t pair well with the faster beats of the album. Songs like “My Friends and I” and “Good Times Roll” are too fast and upbeat to compete with the heavy and mellow effects of the bud. But “Feelin’ Fine” definitely had the right tempo and mood to pair with GRiZ Kush because it was much slower than the rest of the album and was full of deeper tones and basslines.

Verdict: The strain is great, but we think it would pair better with music that’s more laid back than GRiZ’s dancier tunes.

Trev Rich

Album: To Make a Long Story Short (2016)

Strain: HD OG – Indica-Dominant Hybrid

Where to Find Strain: The Dab by Next Harvest

The Lowdown: Denver-born and raised rapper Trev Rich’s latest album shows a more vulnerable side within hip-hop but also combines his rough voice with beats that Cash Money Records are known for producing. The songs “Lies,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Payback” showcase the rapper’s unique lyrics and distinct flow, and his HD OG strain complements his music well. HD OG is an indica-dominant hybrid that creates a mellow and chill experience that is great for listening to an album like Rich’s. Because this is a hybrid, the sleepiness that is known to come from indica-dominant strains is countered by more alert and energized feelings. Even though Rich has some songs that will make you want to party, his bud is more relaxing and better for more contemplative songs.

Verdict: If you enjoy smoking weed and contemplating life and the social norms that affect such life, then try listening to Rich’s latest album and sparking HD OG. We recommend songs like “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Unappreciated” to get you in your feelings.

Oteil Burbridge

Photo courtesy of Oteil Burbridge on Facebook.

Album:  A Decade of Hits 1969-1979 (1991)

Strain: Egyptian Kush (Indica-Dominant Hybrid)

Where to Find Strain: GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique

The Lowdown: The Allman Brothers Band’s bassist Oteil Burbridge created a hybrid that wouldn’t keep you couch-locked but produced the best qualities of indica-dominant strains. The bud was floral and earthy with a modest body high and an uplifting head high. This strain worked well with the upbeat, happy and relaxed music The Allman Brothers Band is known for. Songs that went best with this strain from the album were “Ramblin’ Man,” “Midnight Rider” and “Ain’t Wastin Time No More.” If you enjoy jam bands and laying in grass (and smoking it) these two pair nicely.

Verdict: The happy and upbeat songs of The Allman Brother’s Band combined with the daze-y head high of the strain will almost definitely uplift your mood and keep a smile on your face. The smile will probably linger while you’re still stoned even if you’re not listening to Oteil’s groovy basslines, too.

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson’s Colin OG strain. Photo by Brittany Werges

Album: Willie and Family Live (1978)

Strain: Colin OG (Indica)

Where to Find Strain: LivWell Enlightened Health

The Lowdown: Colin OG, by far had the most distinct and pungent smell and flavor of all the buds we tried out. It was fruity and sweet with hints of berry. The indica effects were prominent, creating a buzzing body high and drowsiness but also created a blissful and happy mood. This strain was perfect for Nelson’s slower songs. “One Day At a Time,” “Crazy” and the “Red Headed Stranger Medley,” created a softer, slower and more personal mood. This mood was great to sit back and smoke to and just soak up the twang of Nelson’s Nashville drawl.

Verdict:  This dude has been smoking weed for more than 60 years, and he wasn’t messing around when he added this to his brand, Willie’s Reserve. This strain pair nicely with the mellower and more relaxed songs for a high that will definitely help unwind and chill.

Willie Nelson’s Sour Diesel strain. Photo by Brittany Werges.

Album: Willie and Family Live (1978)

Strain: Sour Diesel (Sativa)

Where to Find Strain: LivWell Enlightened Health

The Lowdown: Though Colin OG was an almost perfect pair to Nelson’s Willie and Family Live album, his Sour Diesel strain wasn’t too far off. Willie’s Reserve is known for its high THC percentages and potency, and his Sour Diesel offers both. Though Sour Diesel is a sativa, it doesn’t create an anxious experience. The pungency is a sweet and skunky combination that creates a flavor that can be described as earthy and sweet. This went well with his 1978 album because it created a thoughtful and creative experience. Because the album was recorded live, I closed my eyes and felt like I was there while I listened to Nelson’s twangy tunes and soft speaking voice. I imagined how perfect it would be to sit in the grass at one of Nelson’s concerts, joint in hand and swaying to the upbeat country sounds of songs like “The Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” and “I Gotta Get Drunk.”

Verdict: Do you really think a guy who chose to smoke weed after his lungs collapsed would manufacture a strain that didn’t go with music? We think that this strain would go best with his more upbeat songs like “I Gotta Get Drunk” and “Uncloudy Day.”

All photography by Danielle Webster and Brittany Werges unless otherwise stated.

How Do Musicians’ Cannabis Strains Pair With Their Music?We Found Out.2018-07-05T13:42:31+00:00

Question 4: What Can Massachusetts Learn From Colorado About Legalized Pot?

Question 4: What Can Massachusetts Learn From Colorado About Legalized Pot?

Inside the Groundswell Cannabis Boutique in Denver, it looks like any other high-end retail store. A display case made of dark wood runs down the middle of the room.

“Clean, simple experience because we have a lot to tell,” said Don Novak, the store’s owner.

Under the display case’s nicely lit glass are ceramic dishes, each with a dried marijuana flower next to a card with the name of the variety—Purple Cotton, Maui Strawberry, Cherry Pie. Built into the walls are display cases showing off the various marijuana products for sale.

“You have your concentrates, and then you have edibles, tinctures, drinks, patches, topicals and the other infused products that we carry,” Novak said.

State regulators were a bit taken aback by the range of products for sale.

“Spaghetti sauces, energy drinks, candy bars, gummy bears, all with these varying degrees of potency,” said Larry Wolk, the head of Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment. Wolk said they realized they needed to do something so it would be clear to people what they were getting, and how much of it.

“So as a state and regulatory agencies, we quickly recognized that and moved in to standardize packaging, standardize THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] potency amounts to a standardized, single serving,” he said.

So now if you’re eating a square of a chocolate bar that’s considered a single serving, you know you’re getting 10 mg of THC. Colorado launched an educational campaign that tells people to take it easy on the edibles—start with a small amount to see what happens. The state also required child-safe packaging and banned gummy candy in the shape of bears or little people or anything that might appeal to kids. Wolk said his job got a little tricky when pot became legal.

“You know, as a physician, a public health guy, a pediatrician, it’s a lifetime of learning about the ills of marijuana, so it took a little bit of adjusting on my part as a regulator to stay objective, to stay evidence based,” he said.

But he said when he objectively looked at what had happened in the state “it was a bit surprising to see that we really haven’t seen an increase in adult use, nor youth use, as a result of legalization.”

Wolk said they think the adults using marijuana now were already using before it was legal. As for youth, in a 2015 state survey, 21 percent of middle and high school students said they’d used pot in the last 30 days, which is actually slightly below the national average.

But some parents are worried, since research shows marijuana is bad for the developing brain. Diane Carlson is a founder of an anti-legalization advocacy group called Smart Colorado.

“Colorado kids are not viewing marijuana today as risky, and if you really look at that study, youth use varies dramatically from different areas within the state,” Carlson said. “And two of the real epicenters of commercialization where there’ve been the most stores, youth use is up significantly.”

In Denver, where there are about 250 dispensaries, the state’s study showed more than 30 percent of middle and high schoolers reported using pot in the last month. And while some might be getting hands on their older brothers’ or parents’ stash, there’s also a black market they can buy from.

“We’re spending more time than ever on marijuana enforcement in Colorado,” said Jim Gerhardt, a police sergeant and the vice president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association. Gerhardt said in addition to sales to young people and adults who want cheaper, untaxed pot, some of it is getting sent to states where it’s illegal, or even sold out of the country. He said a lot of that pot is coming from people’s homes—which complicates things for law enforcement.

“It used to be if you found a marijuana growing operation in a person’s home, it was illegal. It was on its face illegal,” he said. “You could deal with that very quickly and efficiently. It’s legal now. It is legal to grow marijuana in a person’s home. That’s what fuels it. And in Question 4, you have the exact same ability to grow marijuana in your home that you have in Colorado.”

Question 4, of course, is the referendum we’re voting on here in Massachusetts next week.

Inside a nondescript warehouse in an industrial neighborhood of Denver is a giant room, full of thousands of young marijuana plants.

“So this is the nursery, this is kind of where it all starts,” said Duncan Cameron, chief production officer for a company called Good Chemistry.

Most of the state’s recreational pot comes from places like this. It’s warm and humid, and high power fluorescent lights beam down.

“We’re not trying to mimic nature, we’re trying to beat nature,” he said. “These lights are on for 24 hours a day.”

In each plant is a small blue or yellow tag. “So these are RFID tags that the state requires us to purchase,” Cameron explained.

Those tags allow the state to track each and every plant grown by a commercial grower, to make sure they don’t get into the wrong hands.

It’s one of the things supporters point to as a major benefit of legalization.  If people are smoking anyway, they say, isn’t it better that the state can monitor what’s grown, what pesticides are used, how it’s marketed and sold, and tax it to pay for that regulation?

Wolk pointed out the long-term data on the impact of legalization isn’t in yet. So if Massachusetts voters choose next week to legalize, he has some advice for regulators here: Start out by being restrictive.

“Once the horse is out of the barn it’s a little more difficult to pull back,” he said.

It’s essentially the same advice he has for people trying marijuana edibles for the first time. Start small and see what the effect is.

Question 4: What Can Massachusetts Learn From Colorado About Legalized Pot?2018-07-05T13:29:49+00:00

Celebrity-sponsored pot is the latest marketing strategy for the cannabis industry

Celebrity-sponsored pot is the latest marketing strategy for the cannabis industry

Colorado growers working with musicians to develop one-of-a-kind marijuana strains

By JASON BLEVINS

Pot is going the way of sneakers and snowboards.

As cannabis fights for a foothold in the U.S. economy, innovative weed growers are taking cues from a variety of industries — footwear, musical instruments, skis and snowboards, for example — and working with superstar musicians to develop signature marijuana strains, pro-model cannabis that sails off the shelves.

Colorado’s growers — captains of the state’s maturing cannabis scene — are leading the charge in this next stage of marijuana marketing that’s more partnership than endorsement deal.

In the past year, many musicians have unveiled signature strains of marijuana. Snoop Dogg has several. Rappers Freddie Gibbs and Wiz Khalifa, singer-songwriters Willie Nelson and Melissa Etheridge and the family of the late Bob Marley all announced signature weed products last year.

The chic East Colfax grassery GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique got a big bump in business this month when Dead & Company bass player Oteil Burbridge wore a shop T-shirt during the band’s Saturday show at Folsom Field in Boulder.

“People were coming in saying ‘I saw Oteil with that shirt, and that’s why I’m here,’” GroundSwell‘s chief grower, Rodney Coquia, said. Coquia and Grammy-winning Burbridge worked for nine months crafting Oteil’s Egyptian Kush, a first-ever hybrid of Alien OG and OG Kush. “It was definitely a big weekend for us. It was a big weekend for Oteil as well.”

Partnering with entertainers is an understandable step for marijuana companies working inside a disorganized industry from which national brands have not yet emerged, said Harvard Business School marketing professor John Quelch, who in 2014 co-wrote the case study “Marketing Marijuana in Colorado.”

“I see this as a low-cost vehicle for achieving brand differentiation,” Quelch said. “I think it’s probably going to proliferate but unlikely to be a real good basis for sustained differentiation. Each of these individuals will attract a certain number of aficionados who are drawn to purchase the product as a recognition of the music or the artist, but if they don’t care for the product, they won’t buy it again. Overall I regard this as a relatively unsustainable model, but understandable given the fragmented nature of the local market at the moment.”

Still, Colorado growers labor to synthesize strains with staying power. And tapping musicians with a long-standing relationship with cannabis is akin to enrolling expert consultants in the research and design phase of manufacturing.

Wiz Khalifa performs at Red Rocks Amphitheater as a part of the Snoop Dogg 420 Wellness Retreat in Morrison, Colorado on April 20, 2014. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Wiz Khalifa performs at Red Rocks Amphitheater as a part of the Snoop Dogg 420 Wellness Retreat in Morrison, Colorado on April 20, 2014. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Colorado’s own Native Roots — one of the largest dispensary chains in the country — worked with Boulder’s instrumental livetronica duo Big Gigantic to develop Cookies and Dream, a strain the company unveiled at its private Tree House party in Aspen during the X Games this year. Last year, Native Roots released GriZ Kush, a hybrid strain developed with Boulder artist GriZ.

When Big Gigantic took the stage in a transformed diner in downtown Aspen during the X Games circus, hundreds of people puffed complimentary doobies. (There were about seven ways to get high that night, including THC-infused cocktails, lotions and stick-on patches.)

Native Roots, Colorado’s largest dispensary company, with 16 shops across the state, spent months with GriZ and Big Gigantic to craft the one-of-a-kind. Other musicians are lining up asking for their own strains, Native Roots CEO Josh Ginsberg said.

“It’s something they feel makes the most sense for their music and who they are,” Ginsberg said. “It’s something they want to smoke when they are playing or listening.”

Coquia calls the indica hybrid he developed with Burbridge “the ultimate musical strain” with a cherry flavor that Florida-based Burbridge likes.

Burbridge, 51, called GroundSwell “Willie Wonka’s.” He chatted up his strain with dedicated Dead-fan Bill Walton on Sirius radio. Online magazines featured the bass player and Oteil’s Egyptian Kush as he prepared for the historic concerts at Folsom Field, the first live music in the football stadium in 15 years.

“Oteil was just over the top. Like a kid who got exactly what he wanted for Christmas,” said Coquia, who has known Burbridge for more than 20 years. “You could tell the day we released it was a big day in his life.”

Coquia, who plays lead guitar for Bonfire Dub, also spent 18 months crafting a potent sativa hybrid with turntablist DJ Logic. Logic Diesel, released last year, remains one of the most popular strains at GroundSwell, which has sold medical marijuana for five years and began recreational sales a year ago.

Like Native Roots, GroundSwell has several big-name musicians asking for their own strains, which the dispensary promotes with baseball-type trading cards detailing their specific genetics and stony characteristics.

“I want a pack of cards, wrapped with a stick of ganja gum,” said Coquia, only half-joking.

That is the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that is driving innovation in Colorado’s cannabis industry. Pro-model weed isn’t going to transform the industry or start replacing timeless strains, Ginsberg said, but “it’s something cool and unique, and it’s fun for us and it’s fun for the artists.”

“This is some really great pot we are creating,” Ginsberg said of the GriZ strain, which ranks among Native Roots’ most popular offerings. “It’s a great weed, and everyone loves it. His name may bring people to the table. They may buy it once for the name but they keep coming back because it’s such a great smoke.”

Celebrity-sponsored pot is the latest marketing strategy for the cannabis industry2018-07-05T13:39:51+00:00

Oteil Burbridge Marijuana Strain Available In Denver

Oteil Burbridge Marijuana Strain Available In Denver

By Andy Kahn

Bassist Oteil Burbridge was a recent participant in JamBase’s ongoing The Art Of The Sit-In interview column in which he discussed many of his collaborations over his enduring career including Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band and his current gig with Dead & Company. Another of Burbridge’s recent collaborations has been formally announced with the introduction of a new specially designed marijuana strain named Oteil’s Egyptian Kush.

Burbridge teamed with Denver-based GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique and geneticist T-Dogg Gardens to create the hybrid “ultimate musical strain.” Here’s how GroundSwell describes the new addition to their premium line of cannabis:

Boasting a sweet cherry flavor, this indica-leaning hybrid kicks off with a stimulating rush of energy and evolves into a body effect that sets you blissfully adrift. Oteil’s Egyptian Kush is ideal for losing yourself in a favorite song and grooving to the bassline alongside thousands of your closest friends.

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Oteil Burbridge Marijuana Strain Available In Denver2018-07-05T12:32:07+00:00

Trip to Colorado Convinces NJ Senator He’s Right On Legalizing Marijuana

TRIP TO COLORADO CONVINCES NJ SENATOR HE’S RIGHT ON LEGALIZING MARIJUANA

By MICHAEL SYMONS

A state senator who wants New Jersey to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use returned this week feeling good after a fact-finding visit to Colorado.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, didn’t try the product. But he’s more convinced than before that New Jersey should legalize pot after experiencing how legalization has positively impacted Colorado’s economy, tax revenues and crime rates.

“Change is always difficult. Do I see it as an uphill fight? Yeah, it’s an uphill fight,” Scutari said. “But it’s changing. It’s not as uphill as when I stood here two years ago and told you that I wanted to legalize marijuana. We’re in a lot better position now. And I’ll tell you what: I feel a lot more comfortable doing it now that I’ve seen a really good industry.”

Sen. Nicholas Scutari discusses his trip to Colorado to learn about marijuana legalization. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)

 

 

 

 

 

Scutari gave an oral report on his trip to Statehouse reporters Tuesday, including a slide slow of photographs from the dispensaries he visited and information he gathered. Over four days, he visited Denver, Boulder and Golden and spoke with state and police officials as well as marijuana retailers.

“From the anecdotal information you hear about what going on, that this is open-air drug – it couldn’t be further from the truth. I mean, there’s nothing that’s happened that I can see that’s absolutely detrimental to the community,” Scutari said.

“I didn’t see anybody out smoking it. I didn’t see anybody out ingesting it. It didn’t appear to me that anybody was walking around in a state of inebriation,” he said. “Just nice towns that we’d be proud to have in our communities.”

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Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, and the product has been sold there as a regulated industry since 2014. It exists side-by-side with a medical marijuana program.

Scutari said he was told there have been decreases in suicide among veterans and opiate use. He said he was told there has been a significant drop in use of marijuana by adolescents, though a federal survey out late last year says use by Colorado teens is up slightly and is the highest rate in the nation.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari holds up packaging for edible marijuana products sold in Colorado. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)

There were a few lessons learned from Colorado’s experience Scutari said he may use in making revisions to the legalization plan he first offered in 2014:

  • Make sure the packaging on edible marijuana products is clear about the dosage level, so people don’t consume too much.
  • Ensure police departments have experts trained in drug recognition to know whether a driver is intoxicated, since the tests aren’t the same as for drunk driving.
  • Either figure out a way to properly regulate home-grown marijuana, or don’t allow it.

“They know where every seedling and plant starts, grows, ends and is sent to, sold and consumed. They can track it all. But when you’re growing it yourself, it’s harder to track it,” Scutari said. “… I think you want to regulate it that tightly just for a couple of different reasons. You don’t want to leak black market marijuana out to other states. That’s where they seem to be losing it. And you’re also losing money in the regulated industry.”

In New Jersey, an estimated 844,000 people a year used marijuana, according to the most recent federal health survey, covering 2013 and 2014, up from 759,000 in the previous year. The number who had used marijuana in the previous month was 472,000, up from 389,000.

New Jersey isn’t likely to move to legalize marijuana before 2018 at the earliest, given the vocal opposition of Gov. Chris Christie, who reiterated his viewpoint when asked a question Monday at a forum hosted by the Morris County of Chamber of Commerce.

“There is no bigger anti-drug person than me. I will never decriminalize marijuana in this state, I will never legalize marijuana in this state, for every minute that I’m governor,” Christie said. “It’s a gateway drug, it’s a bad thing, and we shouldn’t be doing it. And we shouldn’t be sending messages to our kids and young adults saying it’s OK. It’s not.”

Scutari intends to keep working on the legislation so it’s in place to act upon when the next governor takes office in 2018 – not knowing, of course, whether that governor will support legalization. He said he hopes to have a revised bill ready in 60 days and hold a hearing on it this fall.

“We’re going to move the ball down the field,” Scutari said. “This is a process. We have a lot of legislators that need education on this. I encourage people to go out and take a look and see for themselves. I could not be more pleasantly surprised at what I saw.”

See original article here.

Trip to Colorado Convinces NJ Senator He’s Right On Legalizing Marijuana2018-07-05T13:55:16+00:00

Top 10 Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Denver

Denver is the American hub of recreational marijuana, which is proven by just how many dispensaries have popped up in the Mile High City since weed was legalized almost 2 years ago. So how do you know where to go for the legal weed experience? Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork and found the Top 10 Dispensaries in Denver. (All in the name of journalism.)L’Eagle

Two things make L’Eagle stand out from the crowd: customer service and going GREEN. All L’Eagle products are organic, pesticide-free and sustainably farmed; in fact, their grow is a zero-waste facility. In addition to all this, their products are very high quality with a wide range of selection. The budtenders are all extremely nice and happy to take their time and answer any and all questions you may have. Also, we just love a good business name pun.

Good Chemistry

If you’re looking for trendy, you’ve found it in Good Chemistry. Its staff is made up of well groomed hipsters who are as nice, knowledgable and helpful as their facial hair is on point. Menus are showcased on HD screens bedecking the exposed-brick walls, offering a streamlined selection of well organized strains, edibles and concentrates. Its Colfax location is as convenient as it is shady, but just ignore the crackhead on the corner — Good Chem’s security makes you feel instantly safe. Make sure to take your time and chat with the budtenders; they’ll never rush you and will always take the extra time to ensure you’re purchasing the best product to suit your needs.

Green Man Cannabis

When a dispensary wins the High Times Cannabis Cup for the same strain two years in a row, you know it’s going to rank. Green Man Cannabis won in both 2014 and 2015 with its strain Ghost Train Haze, which was hailed for its longer-lasting-than-average “good vibes.” Also check out indica strain Louie OG, which took home the 2015 prize for Best Indica.

LoDo Wellness Center

Located in the heart of Denver’s Lower Downtown (hence the name, get it?), LoDo Wellness Center is everything you’d want from a dispensary minus the glitz and glamour. The street entrance takes your downstairs into a wide and spacious basement that houses the dispensary, its wide selection, and a consistently large staff to make sure you’re in and out as fast as you’d like to be with zero wait. I’ve popped in a few times for some Peach Rings before an Av’s game or a replacement for my pen; they’re nice, efficient, fast, and know their extremely wide selection perfectly. Highly recommended.

Natural Remedies

If you call yourself “LoDo’s dispensary” and “a mile higher than the rest”, you better back it up — and that’s just what Natural Remedies does. When it comes to service, no budtenders are as consistently knowledgable as those at Natural Remedies. The quality of their product speaks for itself and has many customers saying it offers the best OGs in Denver. It also carries a larger selection of wax and shatter than most, so this spot is perfect for the dab fan. Check it out downtown.

Emerald Fields

This self-proclaimed cannaboutique lives up to its name. With two locations in Colorado (Cherry Creek Denver and Manitou Springs), Emerald Fields make buying weed feel classy. Its website mirrors its high-class interior design and layout, just take a look. With eighths from $35-$55, it’s easy to mix and match to suit your needs. Also keep an eye out for the deal of the week: right now you can get an eighth of Ambience hybrid for just $12.

LivWell

With 14 locations throughout the state, LivWell has established itself as the high-quality dispensary chain of Colorado. While some may prefer the mom-and-pop single shop variety, purchasing at a place like LivWell that has it down to a science does have its perks. The space is clean and attractive, the service efficient and streamlined, the products all recognizable, quality brands. (Wudup, Leafs by Snoop). Check out the Broadway location if you have a choice; they seriously only hire babes.

GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique

What has been hailed as “the Apple store of dispensaries” makes our list thanks to its organic, streamlined design, friendly customer service and close proximity to Fat Sully’s Pizza and Denver Biscuit Company. (Seriously, this matters.) For a self-proclaimed “boutique”, GroundSwell offers a wide range of flower, edibles and concentrates for reasonable prices. An excellent choice for first-timers and tourists looking for a clean, positive experience.

DANK

Located at 3835 Elm Street in Denver, DANK Dispensary’s philosophy is to “make available safe and friendly access to naturally grown supply of dank nugs and flowers.” What makes DANK stand out is its dedication to describing its strains and various offerings. The effects of DANK’s 707 Headband strain, which is a mix of Sour Diesel, OG Kush and Master Kush, are described as “intense, euphoric relaxation with an earthy, citrus flavor.” Down.

Giving Tree

Family-owned since 2009, The Giving Tree offers the widest selection of edibles in the whole of Denver. Its medical-centric roots also make it the perfect place to pick up tinctures, salves, soaks, etc. It also features a 10% discount on every purchase for cancer patients, those with HIV/AIDS, veterans, students, and badged cannabis industry staff, which you have to admit is classy and kind. The perfect dispensary if you’re into buying local or supporting small businesses.

Top 10 Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Denver2018-07-05T13:53:02+00:00