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Netflix and Chill: 420 Edition: ‘28 Weeks Later’

Take it from someone who saw this movie in a theater, under the influence, all the way back in 2007: You will love it if you are stoned, but you might want to steer clear if you have any sort of existing heart condition. The first 15 minutes or so exemplify some truly masterful, relentless action-horror filmmaking; but...

Netflix & Chill: 420 Edition - ‘The Shallows’

I already recommended a shark movie in this column (“Deep Blue Sea” a few weeks back), but “The Shallows” is currently in theaters, and there’s nothing like big screen blue waters teeming with blood and chum to get your stoned heart racing. “Shallows” stars Blake Lively, who has been a sweet if uninspiring presence in most of...

Natives and transplants: Where should Colorado’s marijuana investment come from?

Green begets green: the legalization of cannabis in Colorado has generated enormous amounts of money, a situation that should be a win for everyone involved. But there are a host of problems that have accompanied this green rush. While most of the difficulties bypass the happy consumers, business owners are forced to grapple...

Girls just wanna get high

Think about all the stoner buddy movies you’ve seen: “Half Baked,” “Pineapple Express,” “Harold and Kumar,” “Dude Where’s My Car?,” “Grandma’s Boy.” They’re about men, right? That’s hardly a coincidence. Celebrities who identify publicly as stoners are largely male, as well – Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogen, Willie Nelson, Cheech and...

Topical cannabis: Secrets from Mary Jane’s Medicinals

Dahlia Mertens, founder of Telluride’s Mary Jane’s Medicinals, told us some secrets of her trade. Her products are all topical (applied directly to the outside of the body), rather than ingested (taken internally), and the topical application of cannabis has been demonstrated as effective for pain management, healing of...

Netflix & Chill: 420 Edition - ‘Getting Doug With High’

“Getting Doug With High” is a video and audio podcast show hosted by stand-up comedian Doug Benson, and every episode is available on YouTube. You might remember Benson from “Super High Me,” a documentary about marijuana use in which Benson consumed cannabis every day for 30 days and noted changes in his physical and mental...

Strain review: Critical Mass

What is it?This strain was developed by Mr. Nice Seeds in an effort to improve and stabilize a previous strain called Big Bud. Its predecessor grew very heavy buds, but the overall effect of the strain was definitely sub par. Crossing an Afghani landrace with a Skunk #1 gave this strain...

Legal weed gets an ‘A’ ... except on pesticides

I believe that the “Colorado Cannabis Experiment” is one of the most successful legislative initiatives introduced in our nation, at any level, over the past decade or more. Were I grading it, I would be hard pressed to find enough problems with the progress of Amendment 64 as it approaches the two-and-a-half year mark to...

Strain review: Berry White

What its its?Whether you call it Berry White, White Berry or Blue Widow, they’re all the same strain, which is a cross between indica Blueberry and hybrid White Widow. It’s a very hearty and relatively easy plant to grow with good yields and a respectable THC level coming in at around 22...

Netflix & Chill: 420 Edition - ‘Boys Don’t Cry’

In honor of Durango Pride this week, I’m recommending my favorite LGBTQ film: Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999). Yes, it’s named after that song by The Cure, but here the title is a little more coy. The film is based on the tragic true story of Brandon Teena (played by Hilary Swank), an American trans man from...

Legalization and fighting for the soul of Mary Jane

If there is one constant in life, it is change. As the cannabis industry, ummm, grows, the people who’ve been involved with weed since “the old days” (by that, I mean before 2012) have a range of beliefs concerning whether the overall effects of legalization are positive or negative. The spaces between these opinions are the...

Netflix & Chill: 420 Edition – ‘Old Joy’

Kelly Reichardt’s indie drama “Old Joy” (2006) is a gentle, contemplative film for the stoner who doesn’t need car chases, intricate plotpoints or more than two characters to find a story engaging. All that happens is two old friends become reacquainted over a weekend road trip in Oregon. Reichardt is known for filming in the...

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