Two Lyons natives have taken a different angle on Colorado’s emerging marijuana industry by inventing a board game. Mike Ginwright and Robb Deeter, both of whom graduated in the 1980’s from Lyons High School, threw around the idea of making a board game based on marijuana in Colorado since they were eighteen or nineteen years old.
When medical marijuana was legalized decades later they picked the idea up again and ran with it. The result is the Colorado Cannabis Craze produced by their company, Hilljack Entertainment.
“Hilljack” is a self-described moniker made up to describe natives from Lyons, meaning a more educated hillbilly. It is easy to tell the men are from the area since the image of Steamboat Mountain is on the game board, as well as in their business logo.
The goal of the game is to travel around Colorado buying weed from eight different cities, selling it in Denver to make a million dollars, and rushing back to DIA to win. Lyons is a main feature in the board game getting much of the action. Most players obtain the eight city tokens before earning the million dollars; so frequenting Lyons and Nederland to purchase more Mary Jane is common. The Colorado Cannabis Craze features famous people, landmarks, and mountain ranges from Colorado on the money, with beautiful custom artwork throughout the product. Packaged in a thirty-inch mailing tube made to look like a joint, the laminated board and brightly colored game pieces make this a fun way to spend an afternoon. Each game in the limited first edition run is signed and numbered by the creators.