Puff, Pass, & Paint is the one-of-a-kind painting class for the 21+ cannabis smoker.
The entire concept beckons a different kind of stoner, not one wrapped in cliche stereotypes but reflective of the professional, fun and carefree new wave of customers in Colorado cannabis business. The class’ creator, Heidi Keye’s goal, more than even offering a safe haven for smokers and tourists alike, is to spark your love for painting and the arts again.
The largest problem within the legalization of cannabis for recreational use is, where do you smoke? People come to Colorado to partake in this tourist market, yet you cannot consume in public, in the dispensaries themselves, or in most hotels. We have yet to pass a “coffeehouse” concept, one that would open the door to a flood of new businesses. So, where do you go?
Puff, Pass, & Paint is a fun and exciting program where you can paint, drink wine (much like a canvas and cocktails event) but there’s more – you can smoke marijuana. Puff, Pass, & Paint is always held on private property making the cannabis consumption 100% legal. You have to sign a waiver, mostly for the legality and less for actual risk.
My class was found at Green Labs in River North. Green Labs use their space collaboratively and do not only condone but participate in the painting, smoking and the positive energy and fun had within the class. They just want to be a part of it.
Where to smoke in Denver – Upcoming Puff, Pass, & Paint Schedule
Green Labs – 1250 31st Street, Denver, CO 80205
January 3rd – 7-9 pm
January 10th – 7-9 pm
January 17th – 7-9 pm
January 24th – 7-9 pm
January 31st – 7-9 pm
The painting host, Heidi is a doll to be around and a wizard-of-the-paintbrush to learn from. She makes the experience accessible, fun and non-threatening. Like Heidi mentioned early in the class, many people haven’t painted for years when they walk into the Puff, Pass, & Paint room.
My experience was filled with as much excitement as the room was with smoke and a delightful cannabis scent. There was wine, beer and even a dispensary sponsor of cannabis. This evening, it was sponsored by L’Eagle. Weed was included in cost – brilliant.
We began with painting an iconic Colorado scene: the Maroon Bells, located outside of Aspen. The blue cascading mountains move into a white, winter scene as a river bends down the canvas to the foreground. Heidi’s interpretation always seems to be the most well painted, yet, the crowd of Puff, Pass, & Paint enthusiasts sip wine, laugh and partake in cannabis joints being passed around if they choose.
The class is not just for smokers. Heidi wasn’t partaking that night, and does only on occasion. The painters themselves run the gambit of life – from business professionals, to government employees, to those with a more lax vocation (such as myself). There are no stoner cliches here, as the cannabis consumer in Colorado is often the exact opposite of any stereotype. Active, intelligent, successful in their work, they are anything but ordinary. It is a rare, once in a lifetime experience for many and only in Colorado.