Colorado Springs has mellow marijuana holiday

By: GARRISON WELLS
April 20, 2013
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photo - A club member smokes a bowl of cannabis wax at Club 710 on Jet Wing Drive Saturday, April 20, 2013, during a 420 celebration.  Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE
A club member smokes a bowl of cannabis wax at Club 710 on Jet Wing Drive Saturday, April 20, 2013, during a 420 celebration. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE 

While Denver was loaded, Colorado Springs’ celebration of 4:20 Saturday was a comparative wisp of smoke.

The Mile High City lived up to its name with an expected crowd of around 80,000 looking to celebrate the state’s legalization of marijuana. In the Springs, there were a few lightly attended events during the day, a joint here and there, pretty laid back.

A lot more were expected to light up later, however.

“Stoners aren’t known for getting up early,” said KC Stark, owner of Studio A64 and Marijuana Business Academy. “Everything kicks up after 7 p.m.”

At about 1 p.m., employees at A64 were setting up for the 4:20 Liberty Festival.

“This could be the time when people think about prohibition and the 1920s all over again,” Stark said.

Other pot-friendly venues included the Ancient Mariner in Manitou Springs, which had three bands slated. At noon, there was only one customer.

Club 710 held the Colorado Springs 4/20 EXtraDabaganza, which started with pancakes and bands early in the day. More bands were expected in the evening with larger crowds.

By about 4 p.m., it was filling up.

“It’s a good day,” said one customer, who declined to give his name.

Mimi Friedman, 30, smokes pot for medicinal purposes, as did most of the 50-75 or so who were at 710.

At 710, where things were moving slow and easy.

“I can smoke here, I can eat here, I can talk to other patients,” she said. “I can just relax.”

By about 4:30, there had been no pot-related incidents for police. None were expected.

“It’s been a fairly slow day,” said Sgt. Jerry Steckler. “I would imagine it will be pretty laid back today, but you never know what’s going to happen.”

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