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Kindness, a new kind of medical cannabis center, opened its doors recently on the corner of Colfax and Ivanhoe (across from Freaky’s), and is celebrating this Friday, September 24 with a proper Grand Opening soiree. Bud-tenders will honor various new patient specials all day long (free pre-roll, free massage, free gram with first purchase of 1/8th, etc.), but entertainment and refreshments will flesh out the happy hours after 5 p.m. DJs SunDragon and the aptly-named Prometheus are in charge of mind-expanding beats. Additional entertainment, including MMJ-themed “Orangami”, is to be provided by yours truly. Industry insiders, including FindMyPot.com’s JB Woods and Dazys Edibles’ Bryan Swanton, will be on hand to enlighten attendees about the ever-evolving field of medical cannabis. Immerse yourself in the captivating artwork of Theory & Practice Gallery’s Mad King or the numerous non-cannabis plants, including a 200-gallon fish tank-fueled “Living Wall”, that enliven the space. Per Colorado law, even non-patients are welcome. Non-patients (with qualifying conditions) who’d like to become patients may initiate the process via a mobile physician service.

Kindness isn’t just a dispensary (or “health center” per recent legislation), it’s a philosophy. Unlike many merely money hungry ganjapreneurs, Kindness Collective’s Patrick Harrington is a visionary businessman and serial entrepreneur who’s set on illuminating the enormous therapeutic potential of cannabis as a treatment for a plethora of conditions, not to mention building a conscious community of like-minded individuals capable of effecting positive change in related health and wellness realms.

“Two of the biggest growth industries are medical cannabis and renewable energy–green medicine and green energy. I see the health benefits of cannabis being key to a huge opportunity called industrial hemp. Hemp is marijuana’s non-psychoactive sibling. Hemp is the key to shifting our society from petroleum-based to vegetative-based. It’s a viable alternative to many industry bad guys. Cotton is the number one pesticide-exposed crop. An acre of hemp far out-produces an acre of forest. There’s absolutely zero need for further deforestation. Hemp is a frontier that could radically shift our economic focus. No big oil God’s gonna save us. That’s blatantly obvious this year with the Gulf disaster. Hemp is a game changer.”

Kindness is located at 5702 E. Colfax (Colfax and Ivanhoe) in Denver. Standard hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For further information, (303) 733.9956 or KindnessCollective.com.