Colorado Symphony Orchestra to host bring-your-own-cannabis 'High Note' concert series

Colorado's first cannabis shops opened in January 2014

An orchestra in Colorado plans to take advantage of the oncoming summer being the first since marijuana was legalised in the US state, by hosting a bring-your-own-marijuana concert series, complete with moreish South American food to battle the audience’s munchies.

Possession and recreational use of the drug was legalised in both Colorado and Washington in 2012, with the first retail stores opening in January of this year.

Since that milestone, more than half of Colorado voters believe legalizing recreational marijuana has been good for the state, according to a recent poll.

The Colorado Symphony’s “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series” will now tap into the blossoming market in a series of summer fundraising concerts aiming to boost audience numbers, and draw in younger concert-goers at a time when the Colorado Symphony has struggled financially, according to The Denver Post.

“Join us as we travel along the Pan American Highway with stops for Chimichurri, arepas & the best salty roasted jalapenos you've ever had,” reads the orchestra’s website.

The first concert – for over 21s only - will be held on 23 May in the state capital Denver, and is sponsored by companies operating in the nascent pot industry, including a medicinal marijuana dispensary and a company that specializes in growing supplies.

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Despite the symphony's attempt to shed its stuffy image and modernise, it could not help but list warnings and cultural guidance on its website, including reminding audience members of its strictly "BYOC" policy, and that costumes and "thematic clothing" should be avoided in favour of clothing more suited to an "art gallery setting."

The orchestra also recommends that "due to the nature of the event" audience members should not drive.

Meanwhile, state regulators met on Wednesday to discuss how to stop users misjudging their dosages when consuming weed in food or drink.

Whether through inexperience or confusion, many are eating too much pot too quickly, with potentially deadly consequences. 

Last month, a college student jumped to his death from a Denver hotel balcony after consuming six times the recommended dosage of a marijuana-infused cookie.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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