How the Legalization of Weed Is Bringing Musicians to Colorado
Artists and weed go together like heavy drinking and pizza, so it's no surprise to see musicians hanging out at dispensaries. Even many musicians who don't smoke have stopped by to see what the burgeoning scene has to offer and lend their support.
Native Roots Apothecary, located near 16th Street Mall, posted pictures of some famous visitors on its Instagram feed, including Waka Flocka Flame, Snoop Dogg, and Raekon to name a few. King Khan and the Shrines bought weed at Cannamart on Quincy. Green Cannabis's Instagram shows Redman taking a group picture with dispensary workers.
Evan Butman, general manager at Wellspring dispensary on South Broadway, says that he has definitely seen a recent influx of visits from musicians. "I think it's because it's a lot more fun here now," he says. Wellspring has always had a large clientele of local musicians: "We're good friends with Dragondeer and Yams." But there are now a lot of non-Denver musicians visiting the dispensary. The national musical acts, Butman says, are more interested in edibles, extracts, and vape pens, stuff they might not see where they live.
Butman says he sees a lot of hip-hop artists and has serviced some of the bigger names in that genre. The dispensary is just as successful with rockers -- indie rock, in particular. For example, Wellspring is friends with the Polyphonic Spree, and just hosted an anniversary party with the band's singer Tim Delaughter. "He is not what you would consider a pothead, but I wouldn't say that some of the bandmembers don't appreciate what we do. Tim is more of a supporter of what we are all about."
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