Pumpkins have been at grocery stores since August, but we had the discipline to wait until October to smoke out of one.
Pumpkins have been at grocery stores since August, but we had the discipline to wait until October to smoke out of one.
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Cannabis Calendar for October: Happy Halloweed!

This is a big week on the cannabis calendar, with the city's annual gathering for marijuana regulators from around the country returning to Denver.  And, yes, Halloweed is on its way, and you can smoke pot out of a pumpkin. Here are this week's best cannabis events, in chronological order.

Marijuana Enforcement Division Rule-making Hearing
Monday, October 16
Gaming Commission Room
17301 West Colfax Avenue, Golden

Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division will hold a rule-making hearing today, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside a Colorado Gaming Commission meeting room in Golden. The meeting is open to the public and will have industry stakeholders, local licensing authorities and other interested parties in attendance to give comments on new marijuana industry rules that various MED working groups have ironed out since September. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Learn more about the schedule, new rules and how to make a comment on the MED's website.

Boas, Blunts & Bloodshed: An Elevated Dinner Theater Experience
Tuesday, October 17
Private location

Figure out a classic Hollywood whodunit at Boas, Blunts & Bloodshed: An Elevated Dinner Theater Experience, a consumption-friendly dinner mystery at a historic location in Denver. The event will also be a fundraiser, with a portion of ticket sales and a silent auction benefiting the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter and a young local couple currently dealing with the disease. Send an email to eventsbyirie@gmail.com for an invitation and the location. Tickets (21+) are $115 each; go to the event's Facebook page for more information.

Cannabis Sustainability Symposium
Tuesday, October 17, and Wednesday, October 18
Embassy Suites Downtown
1420 Stout Street

Experts from across the country will speak on the cannabis industry's key environmental challenges, including energy efficiency, water management and waste minimization, during the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium on Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18. Hosted by the Cannabis Certification Council, the seminars will educate attendees about the tools and techniques for efficient and safe cannabis production. The symposium is hosted by the Organic Cannabis Association, with support from Denver Environmental Health and sponsorship by Denver Relief Consulting; tickets start at $105, but discounts are available for students and government workers.

CBD4/Opioids Conference
Wednesday, October 18
The Curtis Hotel
1405 Curtis Street

Doctors, nurses, medical researchers and attorneys will gather at the Curtis Hotel on Wednesday, October 18,
to discuss using CBD as an alternative pain treatment and recovery option for opioids and opioid addiction. Guest speakers include attorney Bob Hoban, Dr. Perry Solomon and activist Mason Tvert. The conference runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; tickets are selling quick. Learn more about the agenda and ticket packages at the conference's Eventbrite page.

Canopy Jumpstart Conference
Thursday, October 19
Cultivated Synergy
2901 Walnut Street

Cannabis business incubator Canopy will hold a free half-day conference for entrepreneurs interested in joining the industry on Thursday, October 19, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Cultivated Synergy. Attendees will learn about raising capital, finding opportunities, avoiding common mistakes for startups in the pot trade. Learn more about registration and the schedule on the event web page.

Canopy Demo Day
Thursday, October 19
Cultivated Synergy
2901 Walnut Street
Networking sessions and demo presentations will take place following the Canopy Jumpstart Conference, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Cultivated Synergy. Seven startup cannabis companies (three of which are based in Colorado) will present their business models and services to a select group of interested attendees after a one-hour happy hour. Learn more about the event and how to attend on its Eventbrite page.

Huff and Puff HIIT Class
Thursday, October 19, and Thursday, October 26
Break the Stigma Fitness
9690 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge

Break the Stigma Fitness continues to roll out pot-infused workout sessions, including a high-intensity interval training class, Huff and Puff HIIT, which will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays through October. Tickets (21+) are $15 for Colorado residents and $20 for out-of-towners.

National Cannabis Industry Association Quarterly Caucus 
Thursday, October 19
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th Street, Boulder

The National Cannabis Industry Association, one of the largest trade groups in commercial cannabis, will hold its quarterly caucus for industry members on Thursday, October 19, at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder. The program is open to NCIA members and non-members alike; there will be a customized state and federal policy briefing and networking sessions from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are free for NCIA members and $50 for non-members.

Denver Marijuana Management Symposium
Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20
Embassy Suites Downtown
1420 Stout Street

The City of Denver will host its third annual Marijuana Management Symposium on Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20. As the capital of the first state to legalize retail cannabis, Denver has a vast network of regulators, officials and industry leaders who will speak and share ideas on best practices for regulating legal pot. Three-and-a-half-hour educational tours are available for $80, and tickets to the two-day symposium are $400. For the entire schedule, go the symposium's website.

The women of Ellementa (from left): Ashley Kingsley, Aliza Sherman, Melissa Pierce.
The women of Ellementa (from left): Ashley Kingsley, Aliza Sherman, Melissa Pierce.
Chloe Sommers

Ellementa Conversation: Women, Cannabis and Yoga
Friday, October 20
Break the Stigma Fitness
9690 West 38th Avenue

Women-only cannabis group Ellementa will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Break the Stigma Fitness in Wheat Ridge to discuss yoga, cannabis and wellness for women. There will be no consumption at the event, but there will a yoga session headed by Greenlove Denver. Tickets are $10 online and $20 at the door.

Hempcrete Workshop
Friday, October 20, through Thursday, October 26
North Poplar Street

Learn about the wonders of hempcrete, a building material made from hemp hurd, lime and water, during the Lefthand Hemp workshop that runs through Thursday, October 26, in Park Hill. Known for its lightweight, natural humidity control, carbon sequestering and fire, pest and mold resistance, hempcrete is slowly gaining steam around the country as laws against growing the plant relax. This class will teach students how to make hempcrete and construct buildings with it; the class will help erect a 16-by-20 foot building made from the material. Attending the entire course costs $650, but three-day passes are available for $375, and a one-day pass will run you $150.

Crypto Cannabis Conference
Saturday, October 21
Bar Standard
1037 Broadway

The third annual Crypto Cannabis Conference will bring cannabis and bitcoin together to teach attendees about the future of buying pot with digital currency on Saturday, October 21, at Bar Standard. On top of the educational sessions and guest speakers, there will be a raffle, other giveaways, an after party, live music and open bar for VIPs. The conference starts at noon, with the after party kicking off at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $300.

Marni 420 Halloween Party
Saturday, October 21
Spectra Art Space
1836 South Broadway

Join artist Marni 420 for a night of art, costumes, ice cream and live music as Marni releases her new works. There will be kombucha and Thai ice cream rolls served, and a costume contest will determine who goes home with a few prizes. Tickets to the 420-friendly event (21+) are free but only come upon being invited; there are VIP tickets available for $60. Learn how to obtain an invite and the perks of VIP passes on the party's Eventbrite page.

Keep reading to plan ahead for more events...

The Cannagrow Expo is coming to nurture your growing skills.
The Cannagrow Expo is coming to nurture your growing skills.

Weed for Warriors
Tuesday, October 24
Spectra Art Space
1836 Broadway

Veterans support group Weed for Warriors will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Spectra Art Space. The private event (21+) will feature friendly consumption and is free to attend upon registration and invitation. Veterans can apply for a coupon for 20 percent off a purchase at Life Flower dispensary beforehand. Learn more on the group's Eventbrite page.

A Glass Blowing Experience
Thursday, October 26
Spectra Art Space
1836 Broadway

Professional glassblower Dale Karry is holding a glassblowing class and demonstration at Spectra Art Space on Thursday, October 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Students will learn about boro glass, and how glassblowers mold hot glass into pendants. Karry will demonstrate his technique, then work with each individual through the steps of the process with clear glass to make Halloween skull pendants to take home. Each student will have at least one or two finished pieces to take home, and pendant loops (bails) will be added by the instructor. Tickets (21+) are $80; all materials, safety equipment and refreshments are included.

CannaGrow Expo
Saturday, October 28, to Sunday, October 29
Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Hotel & Convention Center
15500 East 40th Avenue

The sixth annual CannaGrow Expo returns to metro Denver.  Growers, vendors and field experts will be on hand to talk about the science of cultivating cannabis. Tickets (18+) range from $129 for general admission to $329 for an all-access pass. Learn more about session speakers, vendors and the agenda on the event's website.

For more events around town, see the Westword calendar; send information about cannabis-related events to marijuana@westword.com.


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