National Cannabis Summit Highlights a Week Full of Pot Events

The National Cannabis Summit headlines a lengthy list of pot events, and the tornado of THC happenings that come with it will keep you busy throughout the week.

And that's only the beginning. Hemp farmers, yogis and pot snobs (some of you might be all three) are all fairly represented in this week's Cannabis Calendar.

Starting today, policy makers, researchers and businesses owners from the cannabis world will convene for two days at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel for the National Cannabis Business Summit. With three simultaneous presentations from different perspectives (business, investment and Native American), panel discussions and multiple keynote speakers, the conference will cover everything from energy use to the emerging Canadian market. Attendees and exhibitors can find registration and agenda information at the National Cannabis Business Summit website.

Point Gallery is hosting a catered fundraiser for Students for Sensible Drug Possibly today from 6 to 10 p.m. For a minimum $149 donation, you can kick off the week among other cannabis supporters with a live DJ, drinks from 3 Chicks Bartending and some delicious eats provided by Blackbelly Market. Those staying at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel for the National Cannabis Summit will receive a free shuttle to the Art District on Santa Fe. Use the password "security" to view the benefit's eventbrite page. 21+

Think you can tell the difference between Durban Poison and Sour Diesel? Put your nostrils to the test at the Trichome Institute's Interpening Cannabis Sommelier Course on Tuesday, October 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Colorado Free University. Just like a wine-tasting course, this hands-on class will teach students how to smell the differences between cannabis strains and detect unacceptable qualities in flower. Cost is $299. Licensed industry employees and groups of five or more should inquire about discounts. 21+

On Wednesday, October 14, Green Labs will host Bend and Blaze — a free, 21+ yoga class with optional cannabis consumption — from 6 to 7:15 p.m. There will be another Bend and Blaze session at Green Labs on Sunday, October, 18, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Participants must register on the Bend and Blaze eventbrite page.

The Art of War Project is putting on an educational discussion about treating post-traumatic stress disorder with medical marijuana on Thursday, October 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1, 841 Santa Fe Drive. Founded by Iraqi war veteran Curt Bean, the Art of War Project provides creative outlets for veterans suffering from PTSD that include painting, sculpture, photography, videography and yoga. The discussion will feature award-winning medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The Grow School will hold a Grow 101 class on Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For $149, students will learn about growing laws, equipment, air circulation, fertilization and more; course registration includes an online textbook. The southeast Denver address of the class will be revealed upon registration. Check out the Grow School website for more information.

In celebration of the 2015 harvest season, the Colorado Hemp Project is throwing a Hemp Harvest Party on Saturday, October 17, at the Walnut Room. Starting at 7 p.m., attendees can enjoy live music and art, hemp beer and a slideshow/video presentation of various harvests around Colorado. Musical acts include Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts, Aspen Hourglass, Chris K, Kady Bow and Rob Trueblood. Tickets are $12 at the party's Ticketfly page. 21+

Local artist Heidi Keyes will teach her 21+ Puff, Pass and Paint class at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 17, at 2087 South Grant Street. All equipment is included in the $50 fee, and although cannabis consumption (bring your own) is encouraged, it's not required. Go to the Puff, Pass and Paint website for more information.

Terrapin Care Station on 33rd Avenue in Aurora offers free tours of its cultivation operation on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Each four-person tour is first come, first served, and lasts about thirty minutes. After a short introductory video, guests will go on a walking tour through the growing facility, where they'll learn how Terrapin pot products are manufactured from seed to sale. For those of you hoping to take a selfie during the tour for your Instagram page, sorry — no photos allowed. Learn more at the Terrapin website. 21+

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