Marijuana has never been the sole reserve of Grateful Dead Deadheads, or even John Denver [Unlink] fans, though the latter’s “Rocky Mountain High” brought many to Colorado.
It has been easier for some for decades to take a journey to Holst's planets aided by some cannabis. Now the Colorado Symphony, struggling like most arts organizations in the US, is offering a series of cannabis concerts. Or, as one writer put it, “Wolfgang on Weeds.”
Of course with federal law still at war with state law, even though voters and scientists have spoken, a series of events tied to the concerts this month have to be divided up into different locations.
And when the symphony performs at the city of unparalled Red Rocks amphitheater there will be no official marijuana presence. People have been smoking dope at Red Rocks since it officially opened in 1941, and probably earlier when concerts were held on the rocky slabs that now seat nearly 10,000.
The Beatles performed there, and many of opera’s greatest.
Now the CSO is promoting what it calls its “High Notes” series.
Earlier news releases had to be amended to make sure those who want to BYOC would take it and consume it several designated locations outside the park, notably the Space art gallery, on Denver’s west side, not far from Red Rocks.
Alternative transportation has been recommended and some may b arranged to keep stoners off the roads.
Several companies are providing “edibles” for the events, scheduled for May 23, July 18 and Aug. 15. A final concert is planned for Sept. 13 with details to be announced later.
"Part of our goal is to bring in a younger audience and a more diverse audience, and I would suggest that the patrons of the cannabis industry are both younger and more diverse than the patrons of the symphony orchestra," said Colorado Symphony CEO Jerry Kern, The Denver Post reports.
"This is the perfect partnership for Edible Events Co, Colorado's premier producer of cannabis-friendly events," says Jane West, founder of Jane West Productions, parent company of Edible Events Co. "I'm proud to be associated with an event that provides cannabis businesses an opportunity to support the local arts community. I look forward to producing many more fundraisers for the Colorado Symphony and other local organizations that the cannabis community can come together to support."
Colorado was the first state to sell recreational marijuana, after a referendum last year. It has already brought skiers and other tourists to the state, raising its ranking on tourism destination polls. Apartment locators note requests are up.
It also is bringing in millions of dollars in tax dollars, though so far it has been only the tip of the iceberg of what is to come. State legislators are trying to figure out how to spend the dollars.