echo ''."\n";

Ask a Stoner: Are Weed Events Back?

Ask a Stoner: Are Weed Events Back?
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Dear Stoner: Are weed events back? How could they even be allowed to take place during COVID-19?

Dear Gil: Depends on your definition of “back.” If you mean weed events are back in the same way that sports are back — shortened, postponed and presented to us in some online capacity — then yes, weed events are back. Virtual cannabis events have been occurring since March, back in the early stages of pandemic shutdowns, and people are always smoking weed during them. In-person events promoting social cannabis use aren’t back, though...not that they were ever really here to begin with.

Ask a Stoner: Are Weed Events Back?
Jake Cox

Public events allowing social cannabis use were banned throughout Colorado long before the pandemic, with private parties and venues responsible for most, if not all, of the lavish pot-smoking parties that you’ve seen or just heard about. (This goes for the majority of events in other states with legal pot, too.) Now that people are going back outside again, private cannabis events are sporadically taking place around the country — just on an even smaller, quieter scale than before. Most of these events probably violate several social distancing guidelines or local health orders, but when they’re held at a private venue with narrow promotion, enforcement is difficult.

Send questions to

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.