Four-score and 20 ...
Sometimes good things just emerge from the sky, and that's how you might look at April 20 falling on a Saturday this year, because there's a ton to do if you're in a leafy state of mind. As usual, Denver will host the crème de la crème of public-smoking opportunities, in Civic Center Park, but here are some events with a little less public-protest to them:
• Studio A64 (332 E. Colorado Ave., studioa64.com) is hosting an all-day 420 Liberty Festival. At different times, you'll find free barbecue, free chips and salsa from neighboring El Taco Rey, dance lessons and live music. Tickets start at $5.
• The Colorado Springs 4/20 EXtraDabaganza at Club 710 (1677 Jet Wing Drive, 380-0710) promises a day of hash-focused celebration featuring live entertainment, giveaways, caricature drawings and more. Tickets also start at $5.
• Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., speakeasylounge.info) will celebrate the day with DJ Chris Diablo and blues musician Jerome Freeman. Tickets are $10 for the first person, and $4.20 each for additional guests.
• Jesse Cotton Stone, and the band Melting Temple will play the Ancient Mariner (962 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) in celebration of, as its Facebook event page reads, "THE 1ST LEGAL 420 IN AMERICAN HISTORY!!!"
• Held in the U.S. for the first time, the High Times Cannabis Cup will run from Friday, April 19, through Sunday at the EXDO Event Center (1399 35th St., Denver, cannabiscup.com). Performances from Snoop Lion, Cypress Hill and others are expected. The event's website says the Cup's sold out, but that the magazine's working on freeing up more tickets.
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Last week, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported it had uncovered court records showing that in November, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program was forced to give records on specific citizens to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
"I know that in order to effectively pursue this investigation, I need to investigate each of the patients, growers and caregivers associated with" the requested names, the paper quoted special agent Michael Gutensohn as writing in his warrant request. "I have probable cause to believe that records from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program will contain evidence and instrumentalities of marijuana manufacturing and trafficking and conspiracy to commit marijuana manufacturing and trafficking offenses."
Last Wednesday, California's East Bay Express reported that infamous U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag made a similar request of that state, though it was later narrowed to not include any personal identifying information.