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Tags Christian Lowe Deer Hunting. Marisol started big over ve years ago with a gymnasium-sized greenhouse providing for the needs of Pueblos medical marijuana population. Now, with the arrival of full-blown legalization, Marisol has become one of the countys biggest generators of tax rev- enue.
Last year, it grew the largest legal outdoor mari- juana garden in the United States, and Stetler currently oversees a huge indoor operation that encompasses more than an acre of warehouse space. Construction is also underway on four new greenhouses, and Michael hopes to harvest 10 acres of outdoor pot this fall. The sheer breadth of Marisols operations has earned it the attention of the international pressand the admiration of High Times for its epic photo ops.
Marisols dispensary is a spacious, high-ceilinged store in Pueblo West, right of Highway A mas- sive painting of a white bufalo greets customers upon entering: Its part of the Marisol logo and reects the companys belief in new beginnings. There are scores of Marisol strains available here, all stocked in the spacious walk-in humidor, as well as counters for medical patients and recreational users. Kimble Drive; marisolmed. LivWell ofers two Denver retail locations. Highly Agreeable Step into any LivWell location and youll experience a uni- formity of store design featuring blonde wood cannabis showcases, well-conceived lighting and a sense of calm that infuses the cannabis buying experience.
LivWell ofers loca- tions throughout the Denver metropolitan area and in Colo- rado Springs. Presently, only the S. Broadway and Larimer St. Stopping by on a Fri- day evening, business was brisk, but the airy waiting rooms enabled buyers to relax and ponder their pending purchase in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Everything required is available at LivWell for your cannabis needs: premium owers, edibles, concentrates and all the necessary accessories.
Broadway, Denver; Larimer St. Construction is also under- way on four new greenhouses, and Michael hopes to harvest 10 acres of outdoor pot this fall.
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Bowled Over in Boulder Fresh Baked occupies a nondescript house along one of picturesque Boulders thoroughfares. Inside, however, its airy and sunlita haven of serenity. When you enter the purchasing area, youll nd three separate counters stafed by friendly and knowledgeable budtenders, all of them exuding that uniquely Colorado vibe earned though t, healthy lifestyles.
Located on the edge of the University of Colorado campus, Fresh Baked has seen brisk business, especially on weekends and during Spring Break festivities. Its menu is extensive, boast- ing edibles, topicals and concentrates in addition to outstanding Colorado-grown strains. A third recreational and medical shop is set to open soon in Frisco, a ski-country town. With master grower Corey at his side, Chris is determined to take the cannabis scene by storm: Green Man strains have won multiple awards, including the Denver Medical Cannabis Cup for Best Hybrid, and this years prize for top U.
But Green Mans biggest dreams rest in what Chris calls the Weedery based on the concept of a winery. As we all know, cannabis and music go together, Chris explains. But I want to demystify marijuana. To that end, the Weedery will house a grow facility open to the public for tours, a museum-like educational space featuring artifacts from Americas cannabis industry, and a 5,seat amphitheater for outdoor concerts.
The budtenders of Fresh Baked in Boulder provide the best of the Rockies. Livin Large in Leadville In its heyday during the Colorado Silver Boom of the s, Leadville was the site of miner camps that housed some 40, people. Now its a tourist spot steeped in Old West history in the heart of the Rockies, with a population of around 3, Just of Harrison Avenue, Leadvilles main drag, you can nd Natures Spirit, a family-owned business housed in a cozy white bungalow.
Natures Spirit ofers top Colorado strains lovingly grown by the owners, who pride themselves on their percent organic soilless medium and nutrients, reverse-osmosis water ltration and CO 2 injections. Delicious edibles and powerful concentrates are also available at this friendly neighborhood pot shop. The elevation of Alma, one of High Country Healings two locations, makes it the highest incorporated town in North America at 10, feet.
The population numbers well under 1,go too fast and youll drive right through. Thankfully, High Country Healing is located right on Main Street in a dazzlingly yel- low mountain cottage, so its hard to miss! It rst opened its doors in as a medical dispensary; now it serves the world. High Country Healing ofers 55 stellar strains whittled down from the that its grow- ers have worked with , all organically grown in soil. It also has a second location in nearby Silverthorne population: about 4, But now this mountain town is the ski hub for the east- ern slopes of Colorados Ten Mile Range, which draws millions of tourists in both winter and summer.
The club opened its doors as a medical dispensary in , and now it welcomes recreational buyers as well, with diferent cannabis products available and some of the lowest prices in the state. High Country Healing ofers this location in Alma and another in Silverthorne. Budtender Lauren with a starring lineup of ski country buds. Natures Spirit welcomes canna-tourism. Extraction Attraction John, Josh, Matt and Mike beheld the world of cannabis extractions and saw a golden opportunity.
The result is two companies that ofer specialized services to the states ganja-preneurs. The rst, Extract Outtters, allows its cannabusiness clients to maintain complete control over all aspects of the extraction process in their facilities. Instead of building costly labs, these busi- nesses can rely on portable and cost-efective setups in a variety of congurations that ofer savings and efciency and are compliant with Colorados guidelinesand Extract Outtters handles all of the plans, permits and installation. The foursomes second company, TC Labs, operates a massive grow tailored to concentrate produc- tion.
Its services include not only selling concentrates wholesale, but providing processing operations to businesses that wish to forgo the exacting undertaking of making concentrates themselves. Location, Location, Location Theres a good reason for MMJ Americas name: With legalization poised to sweep the nation, this ambitious canna-company is actively investigating franchises in other states. But on a more local note, you gotta love MMJs LoDo lower downtown location, which even boasts its own parking lot.
Of course, theres a whole lot to love about MMJ America besides hassle-free parking. Customers can purchase a wide range of recreational and medical strains here. Even better, its pot products are superb, and the personable MMJ America workers behind the counter will guide you to your ideal strain. You can also check out its voluminous Strain Library online. Good Chemistry is located in downtown Denverjust around the corner from the Colorado statehouse! Five years ago, this would have been unthinkable.
Our neighbors have spoken out on our behalf, and weve actu- ally been able to help cops with crimes because of our camera surveillance. But really next to the Capitol? How times have changedfor the better! The shops also got a nice neighborhood feel to it, with multiple budtenders taking care of customers with friendliness and efciency. Steve Spinosa of Good Chemistry Clinically Speaking The Clinic has been at the forefront of Colorados cannabis scene since medical marijuana rst took root here.
Its reputation is impeccable, and its pot is even bet- ter! With six locations to oversee, general manager Ryan Cook has had his hands full keeping good medicine on the shelves for patients, while also navigating the transition from medical-only to recreational sales. On January 1, the Clinic Colorado on Mexico Avenue was the rst to make the changeoverthe only location in the Clinic network currently selling recreational pot.
But with no other advertising than a Facebook post, 1, buyers still lined up to buy cannabis. Denver: East Mexico Avenue; thecliniccolorado. Unfortunately, theres a mora- torium currently in place on recreational pot sales in Colorado Springs. Back when he was waiting for his Edgewater location to go recreational, Forrest expressed some frustration. Im about as patient as I can be, he said, what with all the regulations that are constantly changing.
As the New Year rang in, Forrest watched nearby recreational shops clean upbut as of April 1, he had ful- lled the requirements of the states pot bureaucracy and was able to welcome all adults, ages 21 and over, to sample the buds of New Age Medical. Its not like I wasnt ready, he says now. Ive got a 5,square-foot grow in Colorado Springs, and Im about to start a 3,square-foot grow up here. Im ready to go.
And to prove it, hes ofering great strains at great prices! Approximately 3, feet below, in Canon City, the FCC center provides medicine for some patients every week. Fremont County Cannabis is awaiting Canon Citys decision to open the door to recreational sales as well, but the process has been slow. The local pols want to see how legalization progresses; because the citys economy depends on family-fun vacations, they want to make sure marijuana ts in. But with Colorado reaping a whopping windfall in tax revenues, Fremont County Cannabis is condent that it will get the okay to open its new retail center in Julyright across the street from the stone walls of the Colorado Territorial Cor- rectional Facility!
And once recreational sales are the norm, FCC plans to develop its nearby mountain property into a campground tailored to cannabis-themed vacations. Sounds good, but what if you dont know how? Pinnacle Consulta- tion to the rescue! Pinnacle is the brain- child of Kristopher Fowlkes, who spent a few years in the Army before jumping into Colorados cannabis scene when he saw the chance for an ancillary business.
Our goal is to make growing simpler and easier, Kris says. Most people develop a green thumb pretty quick. Pinnacle also oper- ates its own gardens, serving as a medi- cal caregiver. The Rise of Dixie In a short span of time, Dixie Elixirs has distinguished itself as a premier producer of THC-infused edibles, topicals and tinctures. The company started of as the maker of cannabis soda pop, but now it boasts close to 40 products.
Dixie Elixirs is currently nish- ing up its new digs, a 27,square-foot industrial space that will house a kitchen, lab, production facilities and the companys head- quarters complete with an onsite gym. By the end of the year, it expects to employ a staf of We want everyone to see how success can be achieved when you bring good business practices to your operation. With three of its four locations dedicated to medical and recreational sales, the Green Solu- tions wide-ranging selection of strains has been a huge hit. The Green Solution has over strains in its inventory, as well as tinctures, topicals, pre-rolls, and beverages.
And they kicked ass at this years U. Call it one more signpost on the road to total legalizationand theres no turning back! By Samantha Nicholas Both the medical and recreational products of Colorados cannabis industry were honored. Below left Sherif T. Coates asks a question. Thousands of stoners flocked to hundreds of booths at Denver Mart. A s the High Times staf arrived early Saturday morning at the Denver Mart, a sprawling expo center just north of downtown, eager ticketholders had already begun to form a line.
By , a half-hour prior to the scheduled opening of the second U. Cannabis Cup in Colorado, the line snaked around the complex and beyond. Tens of thousands of stoners were primed for a weekend of weed celebration. But delays ensued. Regardless of the new legal landscape that cannabis now enjoys in Colorado, intense scrutiny of the edgling industry is the normand High Times was no exception.
And on Saturday morning, the county re marshal held organizers to the letter of the law, citing every potential violation. At 11 a. One has to wonder: Were alcohol- or pharmaceutical-industry trade shows ever subjected to this type of pre-event inspection? Never- theless, High Times hurried to make the nal adjustments, and just before noon, the doors opened and the crowd surged through the entrance gates into a stoner wonderland. This was High Times second U. Cannabis Cup in Colorado, but its fourth such event here. But when Colorado voters legalized the recreational use of pot 18 months ago, the Cup was able to welcome adults 21 and over from all over the country and the world, medical users or not, to partake in the cel- ebration.
Over 15, people attended last year, and the word of mouth leading up to this years Cup necessitated doubling the size of the venue in Once Denver Mart was chosen, ticket sales soared. Needless to say, the expansive outdoor smoking area, lled with hundreds of booths dedicated to cannabis consumer- ism, was the rst stop for nearly everyone.
Not surprisingly, concentrate culture was on full display. Most cannabis users outside of Colorado have never encoun- tered dabs and the enchanting, instanta- neous buzz they induce. But newbies were anxious to try them for themselvesand the happy fact is that the tough industry controls and state requirements on dab production have resulted in some of the nest-quality concentrates weve ever encountered. Consequently, new dab fans were created throughout the weekend. Cannabusinesses not tied specically to consumption were able to showcase their merchandise in a spacious indoor Dougie from Hitman with his winning glass.
High-quality Colorado buds lured everyone in. The Indica Vaporizer team does a brisk business at the Cup. Hourly seminars ofered attend- ees a glimpse into what the future of legalization holds, as cannabis luminar- ies like Keith Stroup and Allen St. Denver pot-shop entrepreneurs Brooke Gehring of Patients Choice and Ryan Cook of the Clinic sat on panels exploring the subject of how to open a cannabusiness. The biggest crowd attended High Times senior cultivation editor Danny Dankos seminar, which featured an all- star lineup of garden experts.
But everyone was a bit surprised when Sher- if T. Coates of Adams County stepped up to the microphone with his question: How do you feel about industrial-size grows in residential neighborhoods? Legendary breeder D. Short answered quickly and categorically: They have no business at all! But then he added that Colorado citizens should be entitled to grow a small pot garden, indoors or out. For his part, Danko observed that prohibition has been the cause of these problems and that, once this archaic policy crumbles completely, Danny Danko led a lively cultivation seminar.
Tommy Chong met his pot public. Jessenia Rosa is crowned Miss High Times Top pot attorney Rob Corry provided his own take on the future of Colorado cannabis in a well-attended lecture that was highlighted by an audience mem- bers unfortunate decision to charge the speakers podium and take a swing at Corry. After landing a glancing blow, the man attempted to run of but was quickly subdued. Corry was unhurt and declined to press charges. His assail- ant was tripping on something or other extremely hardand it certainly wasnt pot! The man was oblivious to what hed done and only dimly aware of who or where he was.
As for Corry, he laughed the incident of, saying: A lot of people feel that way about me. The weekend packed a punch too, with three nights of memorable concerts. Ice Cube stoked everyones excitement with a pre-Cup concert on Friday night. His performance brought to mind a stomping, snorting bull, barely able to control his fury. In a word, Ice Cube killed. Rob Corrys lecture was tripped up. Sunday night to top of the Cup. On Sunday evening at Denver Mart, the Cannabis Cup awards ceremony got underway, with Colorados cannabis industry awaiting the announcement of the winners in rapt anticipation.
The Green Solution, among the most promi- nent of Denvers dispensary chains, were the big winners, walking away with two Peoples Choice Cups for hash and ow- ers as well as three third-place nishes for U. Indica, U. Sativa and Medical Hybrid.
Incidentally, Green Mans cultivation director, Corey, now has four Cannabis Cups to show for his work. No one knows what the future holds for legalization nationwide. But if Colora- dos example is any indicationallowing responsible adults to use a healing plant without fear of harassment, and reaping ample economic benets by doing so perhaps the cannabis community can at least partially fulll Americas promise of liberty for all.
By Danny Danko. Photos by Ry Prichard The Indoor Acre Come with us on an eye-opening trip inside the massive pot-growing operations at Gaia Plant-Based Medicine and learn what it takes to make a huge marijuana production facility thrive. August High Times 81 Good Gaia! Walking into the headquarters of Gaia Plant-Based Medicine, its easy to forget that indoor marijuana growrooms this size have existed for only a few years. For those of us who grew up thinking that 20 lights was a big-time grow, the numbers are staggering: Gaias eight full-time cultivators work in a vast, 44,square-foot facility that grows over 20, plants.
Thats more than an acre of space! Consider some more numbers: There are 1,watt lights in the 10 ow- ering warehouses alone.
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The vegetation stage occurs beneath nearly grow bulbs. More than total strains are grown here in a perpetual-harvest fash- ion to produce hundreds of pounds of pot per week. All plants are tagged with radio-frequency identication RFID codes from seed to sale. Huge heating, ventilation and air-conditioning HVAC systems are utilized to keep everything cool.
Now consider that there are many operations just like this sprouting up all over Colorado, and you begin to under- stand the scale and scope of the change that is now underway. Master grower Phillip Hague oversees the entire operation at Gaia. He moved from Texas to Denver a few years back in order to grow pot legally and bring his unique perspective to cannabis farming.
With a background in the large-scale horticultural production of fruits, vegetables and owers, Phil- lips expertise allows him to handle the enormous challenge presented by Gaias facilities. The key to his success is his in-depth understanding of traditional cultivation techniques employed on such a huge scale, combined with a connoisseurs palate for acquiring and appreciating ne cannabis.
Phillips ample quiver of strains includes unique landrace varieties collected direct from their place of origin. Working as an agricultural consultant gave him access to areas that many other growers have found difcult to visit, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Kashmir as well as countries in South America and North Africa. But the real secret to Phillips success is his obvious devotion to the cannabis plant. Scott Fitzgerald illustrated in The Great Gatsby, you dont dream this big for money, only for love.
And Phillip is head over heels for the ower, but his Daisy isnt a daisy at all; shes Mary Jane. As he says when we start the tour, It doesnt have to be an inferior product just because its mass-produced. Back to the Start In order for any grow system to work properly, the quality of the water used is of the utmost importance. The growers at Gaia collect their water in massive reservoir tanks. First, they put it through a de-chlorinator and then a reverse- osmosis RO lter so they can start with water thats almost 0 ppm parts per million impurities.
As Phillip explains, Chlorine will ruin an RO lter because the chlorimides poke holes in it, causing unltered water to leak through the membrane. You could have contaminated water and not even know it! Send in the Clones For a massive grow op like this to exist, veg and clone masters Matt Ross and Austin Sims must root up to 2, clones per week.
Without these healthy rooted cuttings, things would quickly fall apart: With only 10 to 14 days from the moment they take the cuttings from Phillips huge arsenal of mother plants to the moment those cuttings leave the clone area for the vegetative rooms, Matt and Austin must work with a well-practiced efciency to ensure success. The rockwool cubes they use are soaked in a nutrient solution that mea- sures from 5. The clones are Gaias master grower Phillip Hague inside one of his many cultivation rooms.
Then theyre upgraded to 4-inch rockwool veg- ging blocks and given General Hydropon- ics and New Millennium nutes plus raw nutrient salts. One of Phillips secrets to cloning success is that the cuttings root faster with less light; thats why the uores- cent banks are raised so high here. The fan leaves are clipped and the cuttings are placed under Hydrofarm T5 uo- rescent lights to root. The expert growers at Gaia also root their clones in trays with no clear humid- ity lids. As Matt explains, We keep them dryer than most. Removing domes causes stress that we end up avoiding.
Austin ofers a couple more cloning tips: Always use healthy mother plants, and from the moment you cut them, move quickly to get them into their medium. Lets Veg Out Rooted clones are moved into the veg- ging area and placed under a total of 1,watt metal halide MH lights. The 4-inch blocks are placed on top of rockwool or coco trays with drip emit- ters timed to release nutrient solution depending on the plants needs.
Similar to the cloning regimen, the plants are fed raw nutrient salts along with calcium nitrate as a supplement. As the plants grow, theyre topped into round bushes with many branches. The growers at Gaia also have bean vines growing among the pot plants; these serve as canaries in the coal mine to indicate mites.
In fact, mites are actually drawn from the cannabis plants to the bean vines leaves. Phillips growers also use integrated pest management IPM techniques early on, and then benecial insectsup to ve diferent species of predator mites. At the time of my visit, the growers at Gaia were using rockwool slabs for about half the plants and coco coir for the rest. The coco is more forgiving, Phillip tells me, since using rockwool is like driving a Ferrari: Its the fastest and most power- fulbut any hiccup or bump in the road will slow you way down. Flower Power Phillip is in the process of switching all of his lighting in the owering rooms to Philips ePapillon double-ended plasma bulbs.
The light from these bulbs is incredibly intense; even wearing Method Seven growroom shades, I found it almost impossible to look at them directly. Phillip says the smaller hoods displace the light better, spreading it out more evenly and allowing him to use less wattage to light his space. I ask about the average yield he gets with them.
We typically get about a pound and a half per light, he says, but sometimes more than two. The propagation room holds thousands of rooted clones ready to begin their vegetative stage. Rockwool cubes on top of rockwool slabs provide high levels of oxygen to growing roots. The slabs sit on slanted tables to allow for runof of nutrient solution. All of the tables and trays are on wheels for easy mobility. The rockwool or coco slabs sit on corrugated plastic that allows the excess solution to run of and not collect in the trays when the drippers do their thing.
An industrial air compressor runs air through the drip lines to prevent any potential stoppages. This is important, because the rockwool cannot be allowed to dry out completely or the plants will die. As you might imagine, efciency is of the utmost importance when youre dealing with so many plants.
When I took this place over, Phillip tells me, it was all individual buckets being hand- watered. Pots are for selling plants, not for production. Most big grows have a grower for every 20 to 40 lights, but we only need one per I trust my grow- ers ability to handle the work, and they, in turn, nd ways to work better. Indeed, as we tour the facilitys many rooms, I speak with Skyler and Jackson, two of Gaias blooming experts.
Skyler tells me: We take care of our rooms nonstop xing problems. Theres always something to do, and were in panic mode at all times. Its fun! Jackson adds: We get to grow so much, at such an abundant level, so weve seen every problem and solved it. Every once in a while, we get to stop and smell the owers, but its rare. Its hard work, but we love this job! All of the rooms use industrial CO 2 injection, timed to release the gas when the lights are on.
The owers I saw were thriv- ing and forming huge colas, while their roots were bursting out of the bags holding the grow slabs. In an unusual twist for Colorados notoriously dry climate, these plants give out so much moisture that the growers typically have to dehumidify the rooms for the AC units to work.
Phillip prefers General Hydroponic nutrients for early owering and then switches over to New Millennium after a few weeks. Im also experimenting with the Kimitek aminos from Spain, he says. It smells like high-end soy sauce, is super-stable and wont clog drippers.
For the plants growing in rockwool, the growers do a ve- to day ush. Rockwool: Good or Bad? I ask Phillip if hes concerned about the environmental impact of all the rockwool that he uses. He responds, I purchase more rockwool than anyone else in this stateat least thats what the people I buy it from tell me. People complain about the envi- ronmental efects and impact of rockwool, but I use one-third the amount of water I would use with a traditional soilless-mix grow.
Plus all of our spent rockwool goes to a recycling facility and is ground up and reused by fruit producers as mulch. As far as Im concerned, he adds, peat moss is probably the worst when it comes to impact. Those bogs take thousands of years to form.
Then all the vegetation is stripped and they mine the various layers. Rockwool is pufed and spun limestonean abundant source. Concrete is made from limestone. Its everywhere. Phillips environmental concern extends beyond the growing medium. Shes a great-yielding, super-racy sativa that produces incredible concentrates. This is stuf you can smoke all day. I call it everyday weed. Shes a clas- sic sativa with that familiar Haze scent and growing pattern.
She matures to a purple-black color and boasts a scent of cherry-vanilla soda zz. This one owers in only 45 to 50 days and turns lavender early and darker purple late. Post-Harvest The responsibility for supervising the drying, trimming and curing of all these harvested plants falls on Gaias process- ing manager, Christina Moore. Thanks to more than a decades worth of experience working in the commercial cannabis industry, rst in California and now in Denver, as well as managing and training people in various capacities, Christina is well prepared to oversee the preparation of these plants.
Her task is to get them from the growroom to the retail store in their optimum state and at their highest level of quality. For that reason, there are no indus- trial-size trimming machines on the premises here. Christina insists that every gram must be hand-trimmed, and a team of 12 trimmers will work around the clock at times.
It looks like a fun gig, sitting around a table with your co-work- ers, carefully snipping away the leaves to produce a connoisseur-quality product for patients and recreational users alike. The plants are rst cut down and the trellising removed; the ID tags travel with them. The plants are weighed to record their original wet weight, and then the fan leaves are removed. Then the sugar leaves are trimmed of and the buds go into the curing room.
All of this changes seasonally as well, depending on the climate. The bins are burped once or twice a day, with some being left open for an hour or so to remove the excess moisture. After three weeks of curing, the buds are ready for sale. I ask Christina about the diference between processing a few plants and processing several hundred at a time.
Processing and production in an indus- trial capacity is completely diferent from a small or home grow, she replies. The harvest, dry and cure are all based on the plants schedule, not us humans, and therefore the process is scheduled and organizedyet it can be chaotic and hectic at times. Adaptability is key and being really good at utilizing the available space. Purple Urkel drying before the final trim and cure. They use a closed-loop system running fresh-frozen whole plants to provide more of the essence of the cannabis plant, with the tri- chomes preserved just like the day they were harvested.
Gaia calls its nished product live resin, and its produced using medical-grade butane. Phillip shows me freezers full of entire plants, the colas and other branches frozen solid inside bags and waiting to be turned into gooey slabs. Its a cleaner product, he says, with no mineral oils or mercap- tans. The results are then dewaxed and purged. Whats left isnt quite shatter, and its certainly not wax at all. Its a bit more pliant than shatter and resembles a light- colored pine tar. This live resin smells exactly like the owering plants I saw on my tour.
Its scent and avor are surpassed only by the higha potent, long-lasting efect that is experienced in both the body and the mind. Quantity and Quality I left Gaia Plant-Based Medicine with the distinct feeling that places like this are here to stay. The genie has burst free of the bottle, and now that marijuana is being grown at an industrial level, theres hopefully no turning back. What amazed me most was the quality of the medicine being produced here. Kudos to Phillip and the entire Gaia team for putting their medical patients and recreational customers rst by creating high-quality can- nabis on such a massive scale!
It doesnt have to be an inferior product, just because its mass produced. But beneath this statisti- cal uniformity lies a sect, the Bauls, that for centuries has championed a spiritual- ity beyond the concepts of traditional religion, powered by pot and helping to maintain a surprisingly resilient counter- culture in the South Asian delta region.
The origins of the Bauls are hard to trace the word itself means something like crazy with enlightenment , but the name Lalon Shah, the best-known contributor to the Baul tradition, gures prominently. Sometime in the s, around the age of 12, Lalon is said to have been pulled from the Ganges River, unconscious and sufering from smallpox.
He had possibly been abandoned by the people hed been traveling with, and he was nursed back to health by his rescuers, who were members of a small Muslim village in the district of Kushtia. As he got older, Lalon never learned to read or write, but he had a profound lyrical and A loud and smoky temporary shrine, with a devotee drum- ming in celebration, near the main shrine of Lalon Shah.
The shrine of Lalon Shah, decorated with fairy lights for a celebration of the man and his music in March Kushtia has become central to Lalons legacy. This unassuming district in west- ern Bangladesh holds two festivals in his honor, one in March and the other in October. Hundreds of thousands ock to Lalons shrine to sing, smoke and spiri- tualize in distinctly unorthodox fashion. The Bauls are typically longhaired min- strels, dressed in owing robes and the occasional dreadlock, with that timeworn look that rock stars and backpacking Western travelers have aspired to since the s.
On the night before the March festival, I arrive in the village of Souta for a sadhu songho with Maqsood Mac Haque, a rock star from the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, who is an adherent. The sadhu songho, Mac says, is a conclave of the wise. He is accompanied by a dozen Baul musicians, who set up beneath a mango tree to play music and sing the devotional songs composed by Lalon. The entire evening will be a series of spiritual ceremonies dominated by music that features his far-sighted and moving lyrics, culminating in a communal meal. These gatherings have kept Lalons tradition and philosophy alive aurally, spreading it, as has happened now for centuries, through rural, open-air jam sessions.
As the Baul musicians make their ritual oferings to one another and start warming up their lutes, we hear chanting from a nearby hut. It comes from a group composed solely of men, all dressed in Arabic costume. Wahhabi bastards, Mac explains dourly, trying to distract us. Preaching a strict adherence to an unsparing version of Islam, Muham- mad ibn Abd al-Wahhab was a religious rebrand who also lived in the 18th cen- tury. Unlike Lalon, however, al-Wahhabs teachings would go on to inspire draco- nian, conservative regimesin particular the House of Saud, which still reigns tyrannically over its desert kingdom.