A lack of herb in Colorado’s dining scene

Colorado authorities increasingly are cracking down on attempts to push the pot-dining envelope. “There’s so much potential here, and the interest is unbelievable. But right now, everybody’s kind of scared to be doing it,” says Chris Lanter, owner and executive chef at Aspen’s tony Cache Cache restaurant.

"Green Mile" marketing plan stirs pot on Denver's Antique Row

“Green Mile” marketing plan stirs pot on Denver’s Antique Row

Should a stretch of South Broadway in Denver embrace its cannabis culture through creation of a “Green Mile” business association and marketing campaign? The question is dividing pot purveyors and owners of the long-standing antique stores that share the same stretches of Broadway.

Chris Bagley, left, loads up a dab for a client at the Gaia booth during the Cannabis Cup in Denver on April 19, 2014. Gaia, now known by its new name Mindful, terminated its relationship with ad agency Cannabrand recently after the marketing company's executives were quoted somewhat controversially in a New York Times story. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

‘We’re weeding out the stoners’: How an ad agency lost a client, and respect

The founders of a Denver-based ad company lost a major client and alienated activists when they said, “We’re weeding out the stoners,” in a recent New York Times piece on legal marijuana’s ever-changing image. Making matters more severe: The ad company, Cannabrand, deals solely with marijuana clients.

A scene from Mason Jar Event Group's Fall dinner (Lisa Siciliano, Dog Daze Photo)

Mason Jar Event Group throws the swankiest, most luxe cannabis parties in America

There has been a cornucopia of 420-friendly events in Colorado’s legalized era — arty dinners, joint- and sushi-rolling classes and even speed dating happy hours. But no entrepreneur has yet figured out the tricky cannabis event space as well as Kendal Norris, whose Mason Jar Event Group will soon throw another luxe bash.

South Dakota tribe wants to build first U.S. weed resort

Santee Sioux tribal leaders plan to grow their own pot in South Dakota and sell it in an amenity-laden marijuana resort, with hopes of generating up to $2 million a month in profit. “We want it to be an adult playground,” tribal President Anthony Reider said.

Mark Twain San Francisco

Mark Twain’s 1865 hashish escapade inspires revisit

An 1865 San Francisco newspaper report of author Mark Twain’s ‘Hasheesh mania’ recalls high times not unlike today. Exactly 150 years later, well-appointed dispensaries and a vast array of concentrates have given new meaning to the Gold Rush.