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15 May 2014, 12:04
UPDATE: Colorado Symphony Orchestra's 'Classically Cannabis' series of concerts is back on, after the city of Denver had previously threatened to cancel them.
UPDATED 15/5/14: Where the concerts were previously billed as Bring Your Own Cannabis events with orchestral accompaniment, they have now been reclassified as invitation-only concerts, meaning that cannabis consumption on-site would now be in private.
A statement from the the company promoting the shows, Edible Events, claims the concerts will be open to a "closed list of VIP guests".
Anyone who has previously bought tickets (priced at $75) will be refunded, and no reservations are currently being taken. The concert series kicks off on May 23rd and ends with a show at the Red Rocks Arena in September.
Though the controversial events are already booked in and the organisers claim the use of cannabis at the events is legal, the city believes that the conditions of the concert are in breach of Colorado drug law, which prohibits the use of cannabis in public (private use is still legal).
However, according to the CSO's website, "all Classically Cannabis events are private, reserved events".
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It continues: "Participant understands that attendees may use marijuana at this event, as is their right under Colorado law. Cannabis will not be sold at the event, however, and the price of the reservation is entirely unrelated to whether one chooses to use cannabis or not."
The reservations about the event were outlined in a letter from Denver city police and lawyers to the Denver Post. which stated: "We will exercise any and all options available to the City of Denver to halt the event."
CEO of the Colorado Symphony Jerome Kern told news channel 7News: "This partnership is part of an overall effort to reach out to every segment of our community."
The concerts, sponsored by a variety of cannabis-related businesses, are due to take place at the end of May at a private art gallery, where guests are encouraged to smoke on an enclosed outdoor patio prior to each concert beginning.