Granted, not everything was a letdown. It's always good to see the MMAPR folks out helping people connect with affordable healthcare and spreading the message of medical cannabis. John Doe Radio and several cannabis community activist groups were on hand, including the Women's Marijuana Movement and SAFER. I also ran into several community activists, including Robert Chase, who caught me up to speed on the state of affairs concerning legalization in 2012.
As for products: I spent much of my time checking out the Illusion Glass table, which was stacked with some pretty impressive tubes. A board game based on the pot boom in Colorado, aptly named Colorado Cannabis Craze, jumped out, too. And I was impressed by the really stylee (and spendy) hemp clothing from HoodLamb, plus the shop with "I Love Pot" shirts supporting breast cancer research.
But after an hour, I realized I'd had enough. The dreadlie dude was right: This was a ripoff. There wasn't enough to keep me around between speakers and definitely not enough stuff to do to keep someone there until the event shut down at 9 p.m. Call me spoiled, but If I'm going to spend $20 to get into something like this, I want to get $20 worth of stuff in return or be able to test out other people's meds on site. At the very least, I should be able to leave to get stoned and come back, thereby making the event tolerable.
Otherwise, I can see the same stuff for free by walking in and out of a few grow stores and head shops on South Broadway and then go home and puff in my back yard.
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