Colorado’s Marijuana Industry Is Revolutionizing Classical Music

By Hallie Golden Rare is the stoner who gets high and listens to, say, Rachmaninoff. But in a bold move, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra is looking to give weed-music aficionados some more refined stoner music. In a joint effort between the largest full-time professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West, the Colorado symphony, and the marijuana industry, comes the highly anticipated (sorry) series, Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series. Sponsored by the cannabis industry, this will be a set of classical concerts serving to raise money for the orchestra. It will kick off May 23 with events in Denver’s SPACE Gallery, where guests are invited to BYOW (bring your own weed). That, at the very least, is something that festival-goers should be used to. Edible Events Co., which looks to showcase Colorado’s best within the culinary, cannabis and arts scenes, organized this concert series. Jane West, the owner, said that — counter to stereotype — cannabis is a legitimate industry made up of responsible business people who want to donate back to the local arts community. “I’m hoping that this continues to mainstream use and continues to reduce the stigma attached with cannabis consumption in other parts of the country,” she said. But peaceful though the concerts are sure to be, the anticipation has been a little more turbulent. There has been quite a lot of criticism surrounding these concerts, with comments posted on the Colorado symphony’s website announcing outrage in a number of forms. But the most noteworthy criticism has come from officials from the city of Denver itself, which wrote a letter to the symphony, stating, among other things, “the event, as advertised, could violate both City and State law.” The orchestra, which was in danger of shutting down a couple years ago, has obliged and made the events invitation-only. In a statement, they made clear that they still intended to make a fair profit from them. Anyone can attend Beethoven and Brews, though. Read the full article here:

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