By Jason Gray
As Colorado entrepreneurs look for creative ways to meet the needs of higher end consumers, marijuana-themed versions of wine tastings, food pairings and even ratings systems are emerging in the growing pot tourism marketplace.
Jane West of Edible Events started a series of events that, according to her website, “creates a comfortable, indulgent atmosphere to maximize your cannabis experience.” The “Bring Your Own Cannabis” art gallery evening events include high-end catering, drinks and live music. “Cannabis should be paired with meals,” West told Kristen Browning-Blas of The Denver Post. “Look at the articles on wine. Take out ‘wine’ and sub in ‘weed,’ take out ‘grapes’ and sub in ‘buds.’ It works.”
Budtenders and would-be high-end cannabis sommeliers still might be hard-pressed to find courses that focus on such essentials as the finer points of taste, body and effects. MedMen University offers a budtender course and certification system. THC University based in Denver offers five two-hour courses, including one in the course catalog described as “Cooking and Infusion – Butter, oils and other goodies.” The course promises to turn participants into the next Martha Stewart -- if Martha Stewart cooked with cannabis.
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