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Our top five classic video games for exploring feelings of isolation

With many places, including Colorado, under a stay-at-home order, it’s a great time to take up a new hobby or so something creative. But you and me both know that’s probably not going to happen. We’re going to veg out in front of the TV, catch up on Netflix, and – if we’re lucky – read a book. If we feel like doing something...

Three great works of literature, almost certainly influenced by cannabis consumption

It’s no secret that literary genius has frequently throughout history been paired with an altered state of mind. Ernest Hemingway has alcohol, Samuel Taylor Coleridge had opium, and Hunter S. Thompson had a cornucopia of psychotropic substances. As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that cannabis was involved with more...

The International Church of Cannabis is exactly what it sounds like

For at least 3,500 years, cannabis has been used as an enethogen, a chemical substance used in religious and spiritual contexts. While the religions that prohibit the use of intoxicating substances also tend to fall on the anti-weed side of the spectrum, others — from ancient, Vedic-period India to modern-day Rastafari — have...

Get Outta Town: Try not to steal Colorado’s almost-420 mile marker

Stratton, Colorado, a tiny town of about 650 people, sits on Interstate 70, just west of the border with Kansas. It has an ice cream store, a restaurant, and a nine-hole golf course. What it’s probably most famous for, though, is the mile marker sign that stands, at least in theory, just east of I-70 at exit 419.

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Personal possession of Schedule 1 and 2 narcotics is no longer a felony in Colorado

Did you know that as of the beginning of March, Colorado no longer considers personal possession of schedule 1 and 2 narcotics to be a felony? Neither did we, but it’s true.

In May of 2019, Governor Jared Polis quietly signed House Bill 19-1263 into law, and it just officially went into effect. The bill reduces the...

Can cannabis help with the prevention and symptoms of coronavirus?

So you’ve got COVID-19, or you’re worried about catching it, or you’re one of the few survivors of the coronavirus apocalypse reading a scrap of this article, trying to piece together how society collapsed and you’re wondering whether cannabis could have helped treat or prevent the spread of the disease.

It’s not the...

Inside the world of Colorado's edibles

Cannabis edibles are older than heck, first showing up in anthropological records around 1500 BCE in ancient India – in the form of bhang, a paste made by grinding buds and leaves. They show up again in Renaissance writer Bartolomeo Platina's “On Honorable Pleasure and Health,” the first printed...

Helping musicians stay afloat while we’re all drowning in the fight against coronavirus

Unless you’re just coming out of a coma, you probably already know: Everything sucks right now. COVID-19 is taking its toll on humanity, bringing down our collective morale and hurting millions of people financially.

Among all the industries taking a hit are the performing arts. Whether you’re on Broadway or playing...

The Starfire Optical Range: Albuquerque’s high-powered telescope and/or death ray

Observatories are inherently cool – they allow humanity to look beyond our terrestrial confines and contemplate the mysteries of the universe. The Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, however, takes your conventional astronomy telescope, dials it up to 11, and WEAPONIZES it.

The facility,...

Pivot indigenous skateboard deck art exhibition ollies up to Fort Lewis College

What’s the perfect medium to capture commonalities and differences in Native American art? If you answered “skateboard decks,” you’re ... rather eccentric ... but also correct.

An exhibition called “Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art” will be opening at Fort Lewis College’s Center for Southwest Studies on March 25.

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How one Durangoan is trying to help performers get started in the adult industry

Ever thought about taking it all off on the Internet for money?

At first glance, becoming a webcam model sounds easy – you get in front of your computer, go online, take your clothes off for an audience, and get paid for it. But, there are also a bunch of decisions to make and many hoops to jump through: What equipment...

Laws Whiskey House: A Colorado distillery making really good rye from Colorado grains

If you went back in time to the Revolutionary War and sat down for a stiff drink with General George Washington, you’d probably be sipping a rye whiskey with the future president. Not only did Washington grow rye at Mount Vernon, it was also the most popular grain for distilling in the United States until...

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