CO cannabis entrepreneur responds to angry NY tourist; extends invite to next cannabis event

By Skyler Cannabaceae

Denver cannabis entrepreneur, Jane West, owner of the recreational event company, Edible Events Co., responded to an angry New York woman who recently complained about she and her son having to hear people in line for the slopes at Vail Ski Resort discussing cannabis.

Logo of Edible Events Co.

In an open letter to Vail Resorts and republished in the Vail Daily, Christine Arakelian of New York complained that “my son and I were exposed to numerous conversations on buses, gondola rides and restaurants related to recreational drug use.” She went on to insult cannabis consumers, saying they “reek” of marijuana even though they are confined to smoking in private.

West seemed to take issue (as did many others according to numerous posts on Facebook and Twitter) with the broad generalization that the New York tourist went on to make. In her letter, Arakelian stated, “The people who live this type of lifestyle can’t afford to support resorts like Vail that frankly cater to a demographic more like my own, and candidly, you don’t get to be successful by engaging in this type of lifestyle.” It’s unclear as to whether anyone asked her how she believed the people outside of her “demographic” paid for their own entrance to the popular resort if their lifestyle prevents them from affording it.
West defended her company and industry, responding in an open post on Google+, “It is affluent businesswoman/mothers/wives who choose cannabis over a bottle of wine that are selling out the 2014 Edible Events Co. Lineup.” She went on to extend an invitation to the disgruntled tourist, “Mrs. Arakelian, please attend our next event…in describing our female attendees, classy is an understatement.”
No word yet on whether Arakelian will accept the invitation and “candidly”, this reporter has no interest in attempting to contact her for comment.
Post by Jane West of Edible Events Co. on Google+

Published by P. Aiden Hunt

Aiden Hunt is a creative writer and freelance journalist covering marijuana policy and other related issues. He has been published in print and online by outlets such as The Denver Post (The Cannabist),, The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine and Cronic Magazine. He is currently focused on literary creative nonfiction.

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