Dear Stoner: I love Colorado craft beer and our great ganja. Are there any events happening during 4/20 that would help readers to compare the vast flavor combinations of food and cannabis? Also, what combination of Colorado products would you recommend to your readers?
Dear Flavor Savor: There are a few folks in town who are as obsessive about mixing cannabis flavors with food and drinks as you; check out Edible Events (edibleeventsco.com) for starters. As for what to do on the 4/20 weekend, look for the schedule that Green Labs Denver (greenlabsdenver.com) has put together, including a coffee-and-pot-pairing party on Saturday and a sushi- and joint-rolling class on Sunday. There are no beer events that we can see on the horizon, but when they do pop up, we’ll let you know in our weekly cannabis calendar at westword.com/marijuana. I’m not a big drinker; my stomach issues prevent me from enjoying all of the fine beers that Colorado has to offer. But every now and then, I like to push it and have an Easy Street Wheat with a ripe, sticky joint of Tangerine Haze. You can’t beat the citrus punch it adds to the wheat beer; the two work together to bring out the best in each.
Dear Stoner: Why are two different measuring systems used to weigh marijuana? It seems that Colorado dispensaries weigh larger amounts in U.S. ounces, then switch to metric-system units (grams) below an eighth of an ounce. I’m surprised that employment of the two different systems isn’t more of a nightmare for dispensaries.
Dear MM: There’s actually only one measuring system. Dispensaries use terms like “quarter-ounce” and “ounce” in advertising because potential customers can visualize them — but all weighing is done in metric grams, even when you’re purchasing an ounce (28.3495 grams). Why is it that way? Because we Americans are a stubborn bunch. Metric units have snuck into our lives slowly, and for small amounts — a gram here, a millimeter there, a few hundred watts on a lightbulb, etc. — most often when it concerns a product that is sold worldwide, like drugs (which would include pot). But when it comes to big things, we Americans still like imperial units, such as miles and pounds. Most Americans can visualize what an ounce is, but ask them to visualize more than a handful of grams of something and you’ll probably get blank stares in return.