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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…

‘There can be only one!” is a silly catchphrase from the movie Highlander. I’m not a big fan of the series, so I can only relate to my friend Jack’s interpretation of the line. Any time he’s in the presence of someone who shares his name, he immediately becomes competitive and wants to be th…

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Last year was rough, but with state cannabis sales blowing past the $2 billion mark in 2020, it seems many Coloradans found ways to bring a little levity to an otherwise heavy year.

‘I think that — that anyone, the painter, the musician, the writer works in a — a kind of an— an insane fury. He’s demon-driven. He can get up feeling rotten, with a hangover, or with — with actual pain, and — and if he gets to work, the first thing he knows, he don’t remember that pain, tha…

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I had headed more toward the southern end of town recently while seeking out some dispensaries, and one that caught my eye in the search was Canna Meds Wellness Center. Their menu had a handful of enticing-looking strains, so it seemed like an easy choice, one that would certainly end in a h…

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I initially decided I wanted to review a product from Trichome Health Consultants after being made aware of them through the show My Ghost Story on the Biography channel. The episode originally aired in 2011 and describes a ghost who resembles a gentleman from a bygone era who is partial to cigars.

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I was looking to reach some new heights recently — as many do in Colorado, be it via peaks or pot — and found Altitude Organic Medicine. The menu was certainly enticing enough, and spying a convenient location on North Nevada Avenue, I set out in search of some premium ganj to review. This s…

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‘It is called Mother’s Milk because it’s a life-giving substance... It is the nurture you need to receive through your ear hole so that you may become well. When you listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers... you become well,” says a young Anthony Kiedis talking about his newest album at the tim…

‘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…