Author Toke of the Town

smokin_gun_joint-collins20190510_023Jacqueline Collins

As more and more states legalize it, retail marijuana has never been more readily available in this country. But that’s not stopping Colorado’s pot industry from breaking record after record. May 2019’s sales set a monthly record, and they were even higher in June, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Colorado dispensaries pulled in over $152 million in June, DOR numbers show — up over $9 million from the previous monthly record set in May, and nearly $10 million more than the record set just before that in March.

Nearly a year ago, cannabis industry executive Jason Margolies went public regarding his fight with stage-four colon cancer, and the hundreds of friends and peers in the cannabis industry who had his back.

Now that fight is over: Margolies passed away on August 6 at the age of 43.

Known throughout the cannabis industry and beyond for his jovial personality and sense of humor, Margolies kept his spirits up after he was diagnosed with cancer in January 2018. Because he already suffered from an autoimmune disorder, doctors told Margolies there was only a 25 percent chance that his cancer would go into remission. But he remained upbeat, as did his friends.

strain_macHerbert Fuego

Am I the only one calling bullshit on all these 30 percent THC strains? I’ll smoke something from a dispensary claiming just that and feel like a sober turd, then puff something stinky marked at 15 percent THC and get burnt to a crisp. Stop juicing your testing results, ya bums. You know who you are.

Some strains can back up that shit talk, though, and make you regret being so cocky. Some strains will make you feel like a lost virgin again, leaving you gasping for air and a few more seconds of focus. Of course a strain named MAC would be one of those strains: You’ll be lured in and spit out like a spent piece of meat. And you’ll keep wanting to come back. No one can resist such powerful mackin’.

noco_hemp_expo_collins2018Jacqueline Collins

Happy National CBD Day, everyone. No, we’re not joking: National CBD Day is now a sort of official day on the calendar, according to the not very official National Day Calendar. But where did this day come from?

As with most “national days,” National CBD Day is rooted in commercial interests, indicating just how powerful the CBD industry, expected to hit upwards of $15 billion by 2025, has become in a short time.

incredibles_collins-marijuana-kola-bud-2018Jacqueline Collins

Recreational marijuana users are starting to look past smoking joints and bongs, and moving on to more advanced methods of consumption, according to an annual report from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The MED’s yearly checkup of the state’s pot industry, just released this week for 2018, shows that sales of edibles, pre-filled vaporizers, dabbing concentrates and other infused products are increasing at a much faster rate than the sale of cannabis flower and trim.

sueno (1)Herbert Fuego

Need a little spur in creativity to finish that essay or Powerpoint presentation? Cannabis isn’t always the cure, but there’s no doubt it will put you in a different state mind. That elevated perspective can take you to a new world for a few hours, kickstarting a brainstorm session or helping you critically review your work.

But that doesn’t mean any old strain will get the job done. Many varieties of cannabis can shut down creativity, motivating you to do nothing more than eat a box of corn dogs and laugh at the TV. Finding that inspirational mix of terpenes and cannabinoids is key, and we’re here to help.

Below are ten strains we’ve reviewed over that past year that have provided a creative boost, helping us read, write and rock and roll on a whole ‘nother level.

bongathon_collins20190805_003Jacqueline Collins

Every year in Colorado, pot smokers put their lungs to the test at the Bong-A-Thon, a secretive competition that declares the fastest bong hitters west of the Mississippi. Taking place throughout the weekend of August 2 at an undisclosed location in Gilpin County, the Bong-A-Thon let a Westword photographer capture the wrestling, wet T-shirts and weed-smoking races that have been drawing stoners to the mountains for over forty years

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