Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Cannabis convention almost went up in smoke

The first-ever Colorado Cannabis Convention almost ended before it began. That's because the original promoter, Raymond Springsteel and Boulder Talent Agency, which had booked the Colorado Convention Center for a pot convention this coming weekend, apparently disappeared after collecting -- and cashing -- a major haul of checks from vendors who'd already signed on to participate.

But the show is definitely going on: On Friday, March 26, Denver District Court granted an injunction to DBOTCOM, which owns and Kush Colorado Magazine, the title sponsor, against Springsteel; DBOTCOM is now handling the entire event. And since its name was already on the convention, Kush plans to make it good.

"While Daily Buds and Kush Colorado were only supposed to be a sponsor of the convention, when we learned about what had really transpired, we felt we had no choice but to step in on behalf of the vendors and the entire medical marijuana community with our substantial resources, people and money to save the Colorado Cannabis Convention from being canceled and all lost," the new organizers said in a message to vendors this weekend. "We are very pleased to report that with very little time left, we were able to save the event, and make it successful for all of the patrons and everyone involved."

Local promoter JJ Walker is now handling many of the details. "We're working right through it," he says. "We're going to have a good show."

That show will include more than 300 vendors, legal Q&As and other panels, an autograph session with Cypress Hill, a hemp fashion show featuring more than forty models each day, and performances by No 1 Left Standing, P-Knuckle, Synthetic Elements and Tatanka.

In order to spread the word, the new organizers have set up a Colorado Cannabis Convention Hotline at 1-888-958-7452 (press 7); they're also holding a mandatory meeting for vendors at 2:30 p.m. April 2 at the convention center. And in the meantime, they cautioned: "PLEASE DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE OTHER THEN AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DAILY BUDS, KUSH COLORADO MAGAZINE, OR OUR BOOTH DECORATOR 'COAST TO COAST.'"

Doors open to the public at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 2, and the show runs until 10 p.m. that night, then from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 3. Daily admission is $15. To buy tickets or get more information, go to -- now the only official website of the Colorado Cannabis Convention.

And after the show? Watch for more legal fireworks.

Where there's smoke, there's ire.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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