Growth and development, newcomers and Mile High rent dominated much of the conversation in the city in 2015. But there were also lighter, funnier and just plain weirder stories, too. Here are some of our favorite strange but true events involving marijuana. Find the rest of our Year in Review in print this week and on our blog today, tomorrow and Thursday.
In February, a Texas man went to a UPS store in Pueblo with a nine-pound package containing $63,000 worth of pot and edibles and tried to mail it to his own address in Texas. (Why do you think they call it dope?) But UPS employees thought the package was suspicious and alerted authorities, who arrested the man in Texas.
Stoners like to get laid, too. But sometimes their pot use can cause people to swipe left on dating apps like Tinder. That’s why Todd Mitchem and his business partners created High There, a dating app for pot smokers. Not only does the app allow people to create personal profiles, but it includes info about how much marijuana they consume and in what ways.
Pizza-and-marijuana mogul Kayvan Khalatbari ran for an at-large seat on Denver City Council this year, touting his experience as a businessman. And he showed off that savvy by printing up 5,000 campaign fliers and attaching them to pizza boxes delivered by his three Sexy Pizza stores. Still, his campaign was unsuccessful, even if the pizzas were pretty good.
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The website Hotels.com said that online searches for Denver hotel rooms spiked for the nights around our city’s annual 4/20 pot celebration. The numbers were up by about 60 percent over the same time period last year. The website reported similar increases in Washington state, where recreational marijuana sales are also legal.