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The Black Cannabis Equity Initiative recently met to discuss, among other things, Colorado ballot Proposition 119 — to be determined Election Day, Nov. 2 — which would increase taxes on recreational marijuana sales to fund after-school programs in communities that are routinely underserved.

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A reader recently asked if our crew knew where to find the strain Chuckles (it, apparently, was once found in the Manitou Springs area). The reader was asking if I or my collaborator in critiquing, Terr Thompson, knew where to locate it today, so I found myself navigating the WeedMaps.

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If you're like me and the extent of your marijuana-research insights comes from supposition or movies like Half Baked, then you might have believed scientists studying the impacts and benefits of cannabis have long had access to the most fire of flower, the cream of the crop, the best of the…

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I likely wouldn’t be writing for the Indy, my dear readers, if it had not been for my old boss Clint Cooper. He hired me for my first job as a budtender and I could never thank him enough for introducing me to this industry.

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 In my last blog, I wrote about hemp and how it could be used to help us with our environmental woes. Wanting to continue that environmental focus, it's time to shine the light on a problem very few in the cannabis industry are admitting — the cannabis industry is not as green as one would think.

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One of my friends who recently relocated to Texas once recommended I check out The Epic Remedy, her dispensary of choice during her time in Colorado, and I remember following up on her recommendation and darkening their doors once upon a time.

Gallup, the pollsters of national notoriety, recently published a report stating only 49 percent of adults in the United States have copped to consuming cannabis. That feels really low to me.And I was not alone — both my editor and my wife were also left scratching their heads. My wife and I…

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The Amazing Bulk was a direct-to-video 2012 mockbuster utilizing stock photos/video, poor green screen action, and a whole lot of other cringeworthy techniques. It stars a purple “Hulk” instead of the green one we all know from The Incredible Hulk franchise (though there is a purple Hulk at …

In the July 14 issue of the Colorado Springs Indy, fellow cannabis connoisseur Rob Bowen reviewed the strain Jack Herer, inspired by the person, how wrote the 1985 book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. That book changed my life when I first read it in 2012.

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Quality Choice Dispensaries is a spot I have been eyeing to check out for a minute, and the opportunity finally presented itself. This is a comfy, cozy shop with a friendly staff to serve and answer all your queries – and they do it with a smile. With a name like Quality Choice, it has to be…

You know that old Franklinian chestnut, “... in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”And you typically shell out twice the price when you're paying for “vice” in the United States — and Colorado is no different. We in the foothills are no strangers to taxes levied on such a…

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I met the “Kick-ass Kentuckian” Ryan Moore for the first time in 2015 while I was working as a manager at a pot shop near The Citadel mall. He was visiting the area because he was about to open his own dispensary, Herbal Healing. I didn’t know this at the time, but found later he was scoutin…

Early the morning of Monday, July 26, dispensary Dabarado on Centennial Boulevard was the victim of a robbery of about $30,000 in marijuana concentrates. The job was low tech; the perpetrators used tools to include a crowbar.

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Just last month, my wife and I found ourselves celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary, which always gets me thinking about wedding traditions. The couple saving some of their wedding cake to share on their first anniversary, things like that.

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I’m confused, which usually happens when the Olympics cycle around and we find one of the athletes performing at the top of their field testing positive for marijuana use — and this discussion comes up yet again.

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Back in those glory days of youth, I spent a lot of time getting stoned in North Cheyenne Cañon Park near Seven Falls. Partying in the park is illegal so I don’t condone it, but I was young, dumb and full of fun. So ... watching friends longboard and hula hoop while puffing that magic dragon…

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I caught up with Keef Brands CEO Travis Tharp yesterday. I was talking to him about his new line of Keef Cola Life H2O brand of cannabis drinks for the Colorado recreational market. The low calorie/sugar enhanced 100mg THC water will come in three flavors: Cranberry Lime Energize (which has …

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As I looked through a list of potential dispensaries to hit up, I decided to put the choice in the hands of the universe. So off I went in search of signs to direct me to a potential spot. Given that I set out to cop the crop on Wednesday, the third day of the work week, I felt like having T…

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The latter half of 2021 kicked off with three new states passing marijuana legislation and further expanding the marijuana block party here in the good ol’ U.S. of A, where we like our joints fat, our concentrates clean, and our rigs locked, loaded and ready to fire. After a couple blogs ded…

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‘The Pearl Principle — no inner irritation, no pearl...” says American poet and Tibetan Buddhist Lama Surya Das. Pearls are a great metaphor for trauma and the beauty found in human perseverance. I’ve had a lot spinning on my personal Buddhist prayer wheel recently and I wanted to soothe my …

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Due to the recent involvement of the Supreme Court of the United States, it's time to vent about 280E, an obscure tax code that's giving me the blues. Our story starts with Jeffrey Edmondson…

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‘There is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles; meet all of the world’s transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleani…

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This Saturday is my favorite unofficial holiday — 710! It's the newest stoner holiday, occurring every year on July 10 (710 flipped looks like "OIL"). But what does July 10 really mean?

If you read my first Canna Blast piece, “A law you can celebrate,” you'd know I was elated by changes brought on by the passing of House Bill 21-1090. Well, there's a new law I'm not celebrating.

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I was feeling like a gloomy doomer. As a result, I didn’t want to have to think too hard about where I was going to find my next MMJ delights. I was a desperado from Colorado in search of the stoner El Dorado. So, I decided to try Dabarado.

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I was scouring the various options that make up the Springs’ green scene, looking for some new fire to review, when I found myself drawn, like a moth to flame, to Fire Meds. It’s a dispensary I’ve heard of before, but never have I visited. So, I took the name as a sign from the universe (it’…

As a former marijuana compliance officer, I find new industry-related regulations and laws make me want to pull my hair out and scream. Honestly, it's one of the main reasons I stopped working in the field. It's no fun to be the guy at work that never has good news. In fact, my bosses and co…

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Things have been tough chez Terr Thompson. My beloved 15-year-old shiba inu Julio is getting ever closer to crossing that Rainbow Bridge. His wobbly gait and the turning of his black-brown eyes to cataract blue has prompted my wife to start using that cursed word... euthanasia.

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When rebounding from a less-than-favorable flower-hunting experience, I am always somewhat reticent as I go forward into my next review. Not wanting to get burned multiple times in a row, I often feel like I approach that next piece a little bit fearfully, still carrying the hurt from my las…

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When feeding the feral cats at the CBD startup where I work, I sometimes have to shoo away magpies eating the cats’ food. These birds are guileful and know the daily feeding schedule as well as the felines.

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In searching out new places to sample, I found myself looking at the menu of a little shop called Dr. Releaf (the Willamette Avenue location) — like “What’s up, doc?” When I noticed they had Kandy Kush, a favorite strain I haven’t seen around lately, I heard those old familiar drumbeats kick…

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I’ve always wanted an old-fashioned typewriter like an Olivetti or a Remington. There’s a lot of nifty things about an antique typewriter, but for me there’s something pleasing about hearing the clicks and the clacks under my fingertips. When I type on my desktop computer, there’s just somet…

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‘I know you tryin’ to get high.” As was I, so I pulled up the Weedmaps.com and this dope spot by the name of Fountain Organics caught my eye. It was on the northern end of the Powers Boulevard corridor, and I had seen them a time or two in passing, always making a less-than-sticky mental not…

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I heard a wonderful phrase the other day — “Laundry is the real never-ending story.” My wife and I always let the laundry pile up because we don’t have those facilities in our apartment; so we have to head to the local laundromat. I love the book The Neverending Story andthe subsequent movie…

Recently I took an exceedingly successful jaunt to the Powers Boulevard side of the Springs to check out its green scene. Since that trip was so bountiful, I decided to head that direction again when I needed to re-up on the herbage. After all, it seemed like a good idea to return to the sit…