‘It feels like I’ve been blessed, ’cause you’re like paradise.” That’s the lyric that comes to mind, not just because it is repeatedly bouncing off my eardrums, the bass beating in near hypnotic fashion as I write this, but because of a recent trip to NaturaLeaf (North).

The Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs is my home away from home, as I’m a devout Manitoid. Throw a few Moscow Mules in me and I start sprinting over there after slurping up some spirit-lifting spring water. Game after game goes the same way: I typically stick with a row of shooting machines in…

On my last solo flight through the highly populated solar system that is the Springs green scene, I climbed to heights previously unknown to me at The Treehouse. Tucked away in a small business center, this quaint shop made for a bit of a tight squeeze as I entered the lobby, especially in t…

Witch, in Español, is translated to either bruja or brujo.... Basically a female or male witch, respectively. I always appreciated the English designation though; the idea that a woman is a witch and a man is a wizard or warlock always made sense to me. Women have a natural  propensity for m…

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I recently decided to introduce myself (and possibly some of the Indy readership) to yet another spot out of the Springs’ green scene, The Healing Canna (West). First impressions: This shop definitely starts off on a welcoming, stylish foot thanks to a warm, wood-textured lobby that somehow …

I’ve always been a big fan of local dispensary The Green House. In fact, when I first turned 18, they were the shop that popped my MMJ cherry, and the budtenders are amazing. On this visit, I spot something I haven’t seen in years — bubble hash! As many readers may not recognize the term, al…

Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, like that lovable old ’80s sitcom Cheers — barfly Norm would descend into the iconic Boston watering hole, the entire bar calling out his name to greet him. Unbeknownst to me, The Herb Shoppe (my former Westside caregiver for years befo…

The optimum and preeminent cannabis products, the ones that even a tastemaker or critic can’t help but cherish, are those that help me in my mystical and metaphysical activities. In his book, The Magical Revival, Kenneth Grant recounts the story of London artist/occultist Austin Osman Spare,…

As the Fat Boys sing, “Pump that music loud tonight!” I got a dope review that I just had to write! “The energy’s growing, ’cause I’m top billing,” and Fatso is killing, “cold chilling!” That’s right, folx, I’m “coming back hard again” with some primo flower called Fatso, and The Fat Boys ar…

"Gas, ass or grass... nobody rides for free.” The old biker saying that some theorize originated in the ’70s is in my mind as I pull into Elevations. The dispensary’s north location appears to have once been a gas station, and the pumps sit empty and almost camera ready. The green fairy that…

Recently I received a dispensary recommendation from my partner in cannabis critiques, Terr Thompson. Owing to the fact that — when it comes to our preferences — I’m into flower and he’s more of a dabber, he suggested I check out Living Rose Wellness for some power flower that ranks high on …

Jamming out to one of the newer Flaming Lips tunes, “Assassins of Youth,” I stare into the eyes of a bull. It’s an illustration by J.N. Curry on a trippy book cover, a 1937 pamphlet by Rev. Robert R.J. Devine called “Assassin of Youth: The Moloch of Marihuana.” In the illustration, “peddlers…

Still riding a bit of nostalgia from my last couple of green go-rounds, I decided to revisit a dispensary that was a former caregiver of mine. This time, I aimed my critic’s pen toward the flowery offerings of A Cut Above’s Fillmore location. I have always been a fan of their floral arrangem…

The other day at the industrial hemp warehouse where I work, a poor bird was flying around the roof, stuck in the metal rafters of the building. I fretted about it as I fed the feral black and gray cats that keep their colony in our car lot. The cats usually wait until closing time to eat, s…

I was recently thinking about my favorite strains, and took a wondrous journey down a flower-laced rabbit hole, scouring Springs dispensary menu screens for an old tasty favorite: Durban Poison. I know what you’re thinking. “But Rob, I thought you were an Indica imbiber, what’s with this Sat…

For me, a carnal, atavistic and visceral Scorpio, it’s that dreaded anniversary of the planet rounding the sun. My birthday was Guy Fawkes Day, Nov. 5. It’s vexing because it’s that much closer to 30 for me, turning 29. Well, just as Jerry Orbach had to wait until he was in his 50s to grace …

"Well it’s been getting so hard, living with the things you do to me.” Not only is that the start of a great song — “Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet — it’s also what most people would scream at 2020 if they could stand face-to-face with this cluster of a year. The last 10 months have made regressin…

To get in the spirit of Halloween, I usually watch some old Betty Boop cartoons. I find the films with Cab Calloway to be especially primo with their trippy aesthetic, like the one where he sings “St. James Infirmary Blues.” The animation was innovative for its time, using rotoscoping, which…

Feeling like I tend to overlook, or straight up neglect, the gems waiting to be unearthed in the downtown region of the Springs green scene, I recently opened up an online search bar and “let my fingers do the walking.” That’s how I found the jewel that is Golden Meds on Pikes Peak Avenue.

Whenever I get the munchies, I always want a banana. The minute it enters my mouth, I’m struck by strong flashbacks of being a monkey or a yeti or some other type of simian. These psychedelic and transcendent hallucinations are hard to translate. Maybe they are a form of genetic memory from …

 I recently broke my COVID-inspired hiking embargo with an 8-mile-plus trek up Pulpit Rock. Afterward, my lower body was aching for a little “releaf,” so I hit up Native Roots on Austin Bluffs. Native Roots is among the nicer stops on the Springs’ green scene, and with its very friendly staf…

When today’s folk trot down nostalgia lane years from now and think back to the vibe of 2020, a Richard Brautigan quote might fill their minds: “I drank coffee and read old books and waited for the year to end.” For this writer, the quote fits well … except substitute some kiefy kolas for th…

My favorite strains are Indicas, so when I stopped in at The Cannabis Depot recently and my budtender recommended a strain that won gold in the Indica category at the 2019 High Times Cannabis Cup, I happily picked up an ounce. 

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Admittedly, even having lived in the ’Tou when Maggie’s Farm opened the first rec dispensary in town, I never visited their establishments or tried any of their flower. That was until I relocated closer to the Maggie’s Farm Fillmore location, and was checking out the shops in my new Springs.…

The Dispo sits off Highway 50 near a few other dispensaries I’ve checked out before, but none of them have ever impressed me enough to drive all the way back for a revisit. But my hairdresser tells me this place has the best concentrates in Colorado.

Pueblo dispensary sets up self-checkout kioskInstead of buying from a budtender, cannabis customers can now procure their products from a self-checkout kiosk at one dispensary in Pueblo.Strawberry Fields’ Pueblo Central location received one of two customizable, self-checkout systems deliver…

Manitou extends dispensary hours to midnightManitou Springs City Council passed an ordinance Aug. 4 that extends hours of operation to midnight for medical marijuana centers and retail marijuana stores. The ordinance, already in effect, lets dispensaries decide whether to stay open later, ac…

Study finds lower crime rates after legalizationOpponents of legalizing adult-use marijuana have long held that legalization would lead to higher crime rates in and around the areas where pot shops were commonplace. While various studies have fallen on either end of this argument for years, …

Ballot measure falls short of City Council approvalIn a work session on Monday, July 27, Colorado Springs City Council heard arguments for and against putting a measure on November’s ballot that would ask voters whether to allow a limited number of retail marijuana licenses in Colorado Sprin…

Industry provides pesticide updateState regulators have updated Colorado’s list of pesticides approved for use on marijuana and marijuana products. As a result, Mite-Phite ZM, VaRx Brand MaxRx, AG PAA, and Fortify Miticide have been added to the list of pesticides that growers in Colorado ma…

Institute of Cannabis Research Conference goes virtualIn light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Institute of Cannabis Research at Colorado State University-Pueblo is transitioning its annual Cannabis Conference to a virtual format.The virtual event will offer the same content as a traditiona…

"Smells like high school,” a friend announced as I unzipped an eighth of Afghani and its coarse scent trounced out of its packaging — something a little hoppy, kind of earthy with a sugared smell right under the surface that recalled Sour Patch Kids — and filled the room. In other words, thi…

Polis can soon begin pardons for marijuana convictionsOn June 29, Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1421 into law, which will promote social equity in the state’s marijuana market and also allows him to issue mass pardons to Coloradans with minor marijuana possession convictions.“There’s to…

Man, I have had one of those existential dread stomach aches lately for obvious “state of the world” reasons. It gets especially bad at night, when I’m tired and less busy and solely thinking about the state of the world (and watching what feels like the end of the world on Twitter) and then…

When you puff on some Pie Crust, you’ll feel like you just got hit with some tear gas. The smell (absinthe and limoncello and CK1 — this stuff tastes like you’re strolling through the men’s section of a department store) and the taste (mint but also pumpkin pie) is not so much emitted as rel…

Some heavy hitters are swirling around inside Candy Glue, made up of a hybrid of Zkittlez (a really crisp Indica-dominant made up of Grape Ape and Grapefruit) and Gorilla Glue #4 mixed with the well-known — and well-worn — weed strain Girl Scout Cookies. The GSC is what makes Candy Glue depe…