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Summit County dispensaries host concerts and comedy shows for 420

Christmas comes seven months early for Colorado's cannabis faithful.

On April 20 — the de facto holiday for all things marijuana — users and supporters are expected to gather for weed-themed events across the state. The 420 rallies at Civic Center Park in Denver and the University of Colorado campus in Boulder are expected to draw thousands of people this year, just as they have since the legalization movement began gaining momentum in 2008.

Local dispensaries and other marijuana businesses are also getting in on the act, hosting everything from concerts to strain-tasting parties to gourmet dinners with cannabis pairings.

It's a welcome respite for the local marijuana scene. Since this time last April, the environment has changed drastically: Breckenridge quelled all pot sales on Main Street, Alpenglow became the first dispensary to open shop in Dillon and Medical Marijuana of the Rockies was hit with a racketeering lawsuit, only to announce on April 15 it was going out of business while owner Jerry Olson continues to battle the suit.

It's been a wild year for marijuana in the Rockies, and the next 12 months promise more of the same. Until then, here's a guide to 420 events and specials across Summit.

420 concert and comedy at The Barkley Ballroom

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Cultivating Spirits, a Silverthorne-based cannabis tours company, is hosting a pre-420 concert on April 18, featuring pot comedian Ngaio Bealum and the Sublime tribute band 40 Ounces to Freedom.

Held at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco, doors open at 9 p.m. Dealum's set begins shortly after, followed by 40 Ounces of Freedom. Expect a slew of booths from sponsors like High Country Healing handing out free stickers, store coupons and swag.

The event costs $10 pre-sale and $13 at the door. Entry is 21 years old and older.

High Country Healing at Arapahoe Basin

The rest of Summit County may be gearing up for summer by April 20, but Arapahoe Basin and High Country Healing are in alpine beach mode. HCH has reserved a coveted slopeside spot on the ever-popular "beach" (aka dirt parking lot) at A-Basin, perfect for relaxing between slushy spring runs.

Drop by to grab a few coupons and play tailgating games for prizes from open to close.

Backcountry Cannabis Company in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Cannabis Club has a new name (Backcountry Cannabis Company), a new show and a new look on Airport Road. To celebrate the April 19 debut of "High Profits," a CNN documentary series that follows co-owners Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire, BCC will feature $30 concentrates and four pre-rolled joints for $20 on April 20 only. Any customer who spends more than $30 will be entered in a one-day raffle. The prize? A large bong. Enough said.

Alpenglow in Breckenridge and Dillon

The Alpenglow locations in Dillon and Breckenridge are hosting identical sales on April 20, with five pre-rolls for $30, including tax. But there's more: Every customer that day receives a prize envelope at the cash register, ranging from a free lighter to an accessory piece to 50-percent off their entire order. The dispensary will also debut several new strains for the holiday.