There has been no shortage of scribes offering their versions of Colorado's journey to legalizing cannabis, but few have presented it as the fascinating, epic comedy that it really is. Frisco bartender/author Johnny Welsh seems to have hit that target in his new book, Weedgalized in Colorado: True Tales From the High Country, which he'll be signing on Friday, January 22, at the Denver Press Club.
"For years, my favorite greeting to visitors, tourists and new arrivals was, 'Welcome to the high country.' I was referring to the elevation and especially the grandeur of our beautiful state," Welsh writes in his book. "We have the highest elevated city in the country (Leadville, 10,430 feet); the highest paved road (Mt. Evans, 14,258 feet); and the highest highway tunnel (Eisenhower Tunnel, 11,000 feet). But now 'the high country' has a whole new meaning."
His story about the state's cannabis boom is much more than a chronological summary or firsthand account by an "expert," though; it provides interviews with everyone from local stoners to law enforcement. Starting with his bar-room conversations and backing them up with extended research, Welsh dives into the blazing industry, thebbudding controversies and the hot topics of the legal world of weed, and he dishes out a few laughs while doing so. And he's even thoughtful enough to include a strain and dispensary guide in the back of the book.
Continue reading for more on Weedgalized in Colorado and other upcoming events in this week's Cannabis Calendar:
Cannabis Clinicians of Colorado has postponed its monthly meeting from Tuesday, January 19, to Tuesday, February 2. The meeting will still take place at 6:30 p.m. (although the location has yet to be determined), when members will be updated on Colorado's medical marijuana regulations and hear a presentation on cannabis and pregnancy from Dr. Laura Borgelt. The meeting is $15 for regular CCC members and $30 for non-members. E-mail MMJforDoctors@gmail.com for updates on the meeting location.
On Tuesday, January 19, Green Labs will host Bend and Blaze – a free, 21+ vinyasa yoga class with optional cannabis consumption – from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Participants must register on the Bend and Blaze eventbrite page.
Christian/marijuana support group Stoners 4 Jesus — a church group whose members embrace the spiritual connection that cannabis brings them — holds weekly Bible-study meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at Quince Essential Coffee House.
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The Denver Press Club will host the official release of Weedgalized in Colorado: True Tales from the High Country— a colorful and informative book about Colorado's "historic transformation into a cannabis-friendly state"– at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 22. Written by Colorado bartender/comedian/author Johnny Welsh (who will be on hand to sign copies), Weedgalized is a funny take on the cannabis scene that also offers detailed information on the industry. Attendance is free, but the book will run you around $20.
Interested in learning about medical marijuana but don't know where to start? Green Flower Media is putting on a free virtual conference about cannabis on Saturday, January 23, and Sunday, January 24. The health summit will stream over the web as it covers marijuana's relationship with cancer, PTSD and pain treatment, as well as the endocannabinoid system, CBDs and more. Presenters include Steve DeAngelo of Harborside Health Center, Nurse Heather of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, and Uwe Blesching of the Cannabis Health Index. Register to watch the conference at the Cannabis Health Summit website.
The Denver Kush Club and Spangalang Brewery are hosting Vinyl Sundays — weekly parties dedicated to sharing the love of records, beer and ganja — at Spangalang. The Denver Kush Club will hand out free joint cards and merchandise while Spangalang forgets to charge full price for beers. Bring in some vinyl records to share and receive $1 off each beer. 21+
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