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Denver 4/20 wrap-up: Rain and one-hour lines, but thousands of enthusiastic attendees

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Denver 4/20 wrap-up: Rain and one-hour lines, but thousands of enthusiastic attendees

Long lines, some over an hour, greeted attendees trying to enter Civic Center for the annual 4/20 cannabis celebration, and rain, mostly in the form of a steady drizzle, didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of most participants.

The park was packed with thousands as the annual countdown, Denver’s version of Times Square on New Year’s, ticked down and just about everyone in the crowd toked at the strike of one.

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“I just love everyone can get together and legally enjoy marijuana,” said Noah Nellessen, 22, of Denver. “It doesn’t hurt anyone.”

Colorado law, however, prohibits smoking of marijuana in public. On Thursday, at 4:20 p.m., as well as before and after, waves of smoke billowed throughout the park.

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Civic Center was fenced off, with police vehicles parked in various spots and lots of officers checking on the fence perimeter from inside looking out.

At one long security line, on the north side of Civic Center, the pace was excruciatingly slow. Security staffers waved wands over people entering, checked bags and did pat-downs on some.

“It’s as long as hell,” said Luis Lara, 21, of Denver, as he queued up behind hundreds in front of him. “Why is there a line to get in anyway?”

One man, who tired of standing in the line as it drizzled rain, bolted. “I’m going to Aurora,” he announced, to little reaction.

One couple, a man and woman, cut in line on the sly. Most people were patient but antsy about getting in by the stroke of 4:20 p.m.

An electric highway sign, set up in front of the Wellington Webb Building, just off 15th Street, flashed the message: “Public Consumption of Cannabis is Prohibited.”

About 4:05 p.m., some people pulled down a long section of fence near the corner of Colfax Avenue and Broadway. Dozens rushed to the spot, running over the downed fence. One person shouted: “This is our freedom.”

A brief gunfire incident occurred early Thursday evening near the event in downtown Denver. Police said nobody was hurt.

About two hours later, at 6 p.m., at least one shot of gunfire was heard a block away, near 15th and Cleveland. Technician Tyrone Campbell, a Denver police spokesman, said witnesses gave officers a description of the people involved and the vehicle they had gotten into as they left the area.

Police quickly found the vehicle, Campbell said, and arrested two people. He did not have any information about the suspects, and he did not know whether they had been attending the 4/20 event.

“We’re going to investigate and see if there was any targeted activity,” he said. “Right now, we’re just happy to have two people in custody.”

In all, five people were arrested at the Civic Center event and 20 people were written up with civil citations, police said.

Inside the park it was a party atmosphere with music blasting and people dancing in a steady drizzle. Colorful umbrellas, plastic ponchos, dogs on leashes, cellphone photos and video opportunities were abundant.

“Size matters. Get your giant joint!” screamed a vendor selling plastic, 2-foot-long replicas.

Numerous vendors inside tents sold an assortment of items, including glass pipes, clothing and marijuana art. Food vendors in trucks lined West 14th Avenue, just north of the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Public Library, cooking an array of food. Trash littered sections of the park lawn.

“You won’t see this anywhere else in the world, except maybe Amsterdam,” Nellessen said. “It’s beautiful.”

This story was first published on DenverPost.com

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Published at Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:29:54 +0000

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Angel Capital Summit for Cannabis Investors & Startups

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Angel Capital Summit for Cannabis Investors & Startups

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —  The Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s largest professional organization for accredited investors, will host investors from around the world at its 2017 ACA Summit, April 26-28 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. ACA Summit speakers will address topics impacting individual investors and investment strategies, including building diversity among entrepreneurs, Trump Administration impact on healthcare investing, and growth in new sectors such as blockchain and cannabis startups.

American angel investors pumped an estimated $24.6 billion into more than 70,000 startups across the country in 2015. Many of these companies are innovative, high-growth firms that create the most net new jobs in our economy and distribute new products and services that make a difference in people’s lives. ACA will celebrate great investments and 60 successful exits for ACA members and their portfolio companies at the ACA Summit, demonstrating how “Angels Drive the Success of Great Startups and Economic Growth.”

Keynote speakers include renowned venture capitalist Tim Draper and his father Bill and adult children sharing perspectives on changes they see in investing, leading investors Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein speaking on building diversity in entrepreneur communities, Steve Westly on investing in companies that change the world, and Dave Chase on “Investing in Healthcare’s Transformation.”

“Diversity among ACA Summit presenters and attendees has never been greater, reflecting a growing community across age, gender, race, and geographic lines.  We are pleased to provide attendees with access to some of the most successful angel investors in the world, as well as insights into best practices for navigating change and achieving exits for member portfolio companies,” said Marianne Hudson, executive director, Angel Capital Association.

The ACA Summit is the largest professional development event for angel investors. More than 700 ACA members, accredited investors, and startup ecosystem professionals from around the world are expected to attend to network, share best practices in angel investing, and discuss top issues and trends.

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • The Draper Family (Bill, Tim, Jesse, Adam, and Billy): “Investing Through the Generations”
  • Dave Chase, Founder, Health Rosetta Institute, and Executive Producer, The Big Heist: “Investing in Healthcare’s Transformation at the Intersection of Generating Top Tier Returns and Maximizing Impact”
  • Cindy Whitehead, The Pink Ceiling, and Former CEO, Sprout Pharmaceuticals: “How I Got to a $1B Outcome with 160 Angels”
  • Dr. Morton Grosser: “The Crèche of Innovation: A Warp-Speed History of Silicon Valley”
  • Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, Kapor Capital: Fireside Chat
  • Steve Westly, The Westly Group, and Former CFO, the State of California: “Investing in Innovation and Companies That Change the World”
  • Swati Chaturvedi, CEO and Cofounder, Propel(x): “Ahead of the Curve: Opportunities for Investing in Science and Technology”

Members and Non-Members Register Now
ACA members and non-member investors are welcome to attend the ACA Summit by registering at https://www.angelcapitalassociation.org/2017-summit/. Press registration is accessible at that same link.

About Angel Capital Association (ACA)
ACA is the professional association of angel investors across North America and offers education, best practices, public policy advocacy, and significant benefits and resources to its membership of more than 13,000 accredited investors, who invest individually or through its 250 angel groups, accredited platforms, and family offices. For more information,  visit: www.angelcapitalassociation.org or at @ACAAngelCapital; #ACAAngelSummit.

Media Contact
Graeme Thickins
612-867-4055
press@angelcapitalassociation.org

Mary Ellen Amodeo
612-963-5797
press@angelcapitalassociation.org

SOURCE Angel Capital Association

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Published at Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:54:09 +0000

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Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam

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Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam

Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam.
Our Vapebuster Tim, vapes a variety of herbs at one of the oldest Herb & Spice stores in Amsterdam – Jacob Hooi

Published at Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:02:56 +0000

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Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam

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Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam

Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam.
Our Vapebuster Tim, vapes a variety of herbs at one of the oldest Herb & Spice stores in Amsterdam – Jacob Hooi

Published at Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:02:56 +0000

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