As we board the plane to Denver I can hear the late singer John Denver singing in my head “Rocky Mountain High Colorado” and it just seems so fitting. The beauty of the snow capped vista’s took my breath as we started the approach into Denver and I could barely contain my excitement about my first visit to wild wild west of the Cannabis frontier that is Colorado. If you have not heard yet pot shops line the streets like Starbucks or Subway only there are a lot more Dispensaries than places to eat in some locations. Speaking of food, Denver has some a great places to dine at with a wide range of flavors and an overall party atmosphere and the people are Very nice! I think it’s the sunny weather myself but everyone being medicated may add to that general feeling but MzJill and myself simply loved the city and it’s people. We checked into the hotel and unpacked our medical cannabis that we legally fly with simply by writing our medical card info on and checking with our luggage. The first thing I see is a magazine with an article Tittled “Reefer Madness” about two prominent attorney’s that are spear heading the movement and how this man and wife team are a very different face of legal Cannabis. I took the time to get a shot of the story with Denver in the background knowing it would make a great start or inspiration for a story. Welcome to Colorado it seemed to say to me.
We had some good friends that used to live in Oregon that now live near Denver come in and show us around and take us to one of the dispensaries in the area the first called 420 wellness. This first place was not what I expected and although everyone that came in to get medicine had proper paperwork the over all feel of the place was of a dorm room more than a legal Cannabis clinic. I am not trying to make anyone mad and the owner was a super nice guy with cheap prices that obviously cared about his patients but it had much more a package shop feel than a medical dispensary. Its also possible since the owner “Rich” believes in giving such good deals he hasn’t been able to invest in upgrades to his spot yet. His 1/8ths were 35$ when some other clubs charges as much as 80$ for an 1/8th. He had people medicating on site and later when we visited a nicer club I learned this is strictly prohibited. He showed me some amazing looking Melt product but when I smoked some it crackled like it was full of impurities like butane so I didn’t actually medicate at the first place. I am legal in Colorado before you ask I actually am legal in like 8 states now. Check out this amazing map of all the dispensaries in Denver alone.
The second place we went to was really nice and much more what I expected to see a quality shop to look like. Discreet and classy with art decorations and steel doors leading to the different areas. You show your paperwork and then your buzzed in to a waiting area. Then there is another secure door before you can make a purchase. I was impressed to see TGA genetics for sale in both seed and clone form. This is the shop that had the CO2 Critically Extracted med Wax that blew me away but you will hear more on that later. The owner Scott was really nice to us showing us around and letting us take a few shots behind the green door as it were.
The third place we went to was even nicer, Denver Relief was located 2 doors down from a Cop Shop and after speaking with the owner he told me that the landlord actually provides free rent for the cop shop to make the community a better place.. The business before had adopted that policy and when the Pot shop came in the owner explained that the cops would be forced to move and instead the owner of the building offered to honor the contract keeping the cops close by to keep things safe. Denver Relief’s Bio- Diesel was the 2009 Harvest Cup winner. The shop was super nice with close circuit cameras and nicely decorated and spotlessly clean. This would be my shop of choice if I lived in the area out of all those we visited.
Sunday evening was the actual event we flew down to attend. The famous Cheese Cake Lady was hosting a Hash Bash and I had been asked to speak and sign books ate the event. We arrived early to get our passes and then made a trip around the displays. There was tons of killer looking Hash and Bud and every type of medicating utensil you could imagine. We met some really cool people and even a former Professional Hockey player that suffered a severe injury and was now a medical cannabis user. Everyone was super friendly and glad to meet us, it was a nice change from the drama that can be the internet to be honest. One grower came up to me with a grin and said ” I have a complaint Subcool, I planted 100 seeds and only 99 grew” then his smile got bigger and he gave me a big hug. Another grower had just germinated 150 TGA seeds with only 3 duds. The third person I spoke with handed me a bud of Chernobyl he drove 400 miles to show to me. I gave him the proper respect I hope rolling a joint for everyone else from my stash and rolling me and this cat PCG a joint of his amazing Chenobyl and we shared the whole spliff together. I told him it was as good as our mother buds and he smiled. ‘Coming from you Sub thats about the best compliment I have ever received” It’s awesome to make people feel so good with just a few kind words.
This is the stuff that impressed me the most of any thing I saw there or in the 8 years I went to Amsterdam to be honest. While they would not reveal there method and they charge 100$ per gram for this stuff it must have been amazing as it’s the first cannabis I have paid for in some 7 years now. From what I could piece together there using Super Critical c0@ extraction with Dry Ice. I found a few links if you want to read more.
I think they are using some type of extraction tube and liquid CO2 along with the dry ice to keep the CO2 in a liquid form as it passes through the extractor. I have also not given up on getting the inventors to tell me more but at 100 a gram I do understand why they want to keep the method to themselves. If They tell me they know I will tell the world. I have never smoked anything so pure and even made with a strain called Blue Dream it was phenomenal I can only imagine when they start producing it with Space Bomb. When any heat is applied it forms a golden pool and then its gone. They smoke it over coals and pull it through upside down bowls but I like the screen method. The only problem is when it cools it clogs the pipe and then forms a pool of pure wax in the bottom of the pipe which I actually heated up and got more hits. This stuff was just the coolest and I quaickly smoked up 100$ worth in just 2 days.
At 8 PM they asked me to head upstairs and give my talk and answer some questions. There was a good many people present and I was actually a bit nervous at first but I simply spoke with passion about soil and breeding and organics and breeding and when I finally took a breath and asked for questions I was over whelmed by the interest in what I had to say. When I was speaking I couldn’t tell if they were learning or thought I was an idiot, judging by the number of Books we signed and the fact I had was swarmed for almost an hour after really made me feel like what I had to say was worth hearing. I met so many cool people that were growing my gear and using my soil. One really clean cut guy told me my recipe cahnged his life then proceeded to show me like 7 strains he had grown in my soil. When I asked if he ever used liquid fertilizer he replied. I just add water Sub like ya told me. He actually picked up my recipe from THC farmer a site I am now banned from. If you guys wonder why I post my info on so many sites even if its cut and paste this is a perfect example.
The next morning I was asked to go out to a remote location at 10,000 feet high to see a TGA garden. Canyon Road was so cool as a road cuts deep through the rocks next to a stream that I assume dug the canyon millions of years ago. The lights were off and we fumbled in the dark a good bit but I was able to capture these pictures to show you guys that whats going on all over the state. There Growing Dank and helping treat people naturally and with love.
It’s obvious to me that some regulation needs to take place but the thing everyone reading this needs to remember is this. The people of Colorado voted by a margin of 2/3rds to change their constitution and its not going to change back. These life loving people have made the decision for responsible adults to medicate with cannabis and not to put everyone in there state in jail for wanting a natural cure to many of lifes problems and ailments. The people that don’t support our movement might as well get used to us just like I put up with drinkers and cigarette smokers when I go out in public. We should have the same rights they do as our drug of choice is much less harmful and toxic to them than theirs are to us.
I can’t wait to go back to Denver
But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high. John Denver