High Times Cannabis Cup report: Pot critic William Breathes catches the buzz (PHOTOS)

cinderella haze medical marijuana.JPG
Big pics below. See more photos.
Colorado cannabis is better than anything Amsterdam's got, and the medicine here is on par with, if not better than, what is coming out of California.

While we already knew that here in Colorado, it was still cool to hear those words come out of High Times editor Danny Danko's mouth last night at the 2011 High Times Cannabis Cup award ceremony.

I don't think anyone really knew what to expect from the Cannabis Cup. Even dispensary owners I spoke with beforehand had only an inkling. Were people really going to be able to light up? Would staffers be able to hand out meds to patients? What coalesced, though, turned out to be easily one of the most amazing cannabis events in Colorado short of passing Amendment 20 nearly twelve years ago.

medical-cannabis-cup-smoking.jpg
See a photo slide show from the Medical Cannabis Cup

Inside Exdo was a miniature version of the massive KushCon II from last December, with dispensaries and bong shops setting up booths. The big difference was that the majority of the dispensaries this weekend were displaying real cannabis on their tables -- something KushCon frowned upon. Half of the large hall was given over to speakers, including talks from Danko on hash making and cultivation tips. All of that was cool, and it definitely had a more relaxed and patient-driven vibe than the corporate-feeling KushCon. But what really made the cup worthwhile was going on outside and down the alley.

torchpipe.JPG
In a warehouse not connected to Exdo, hundreds of medical marijuana patients lit up and created the largest hot box I have ever been a part of. Massive pillows of ganja smoke were billowing over the head of the security guard checking to make sure our wristbands were all in order. Inside was exactly what a cannabis convention should look like. Thick air, hazy eyes and bong load after bong load of smoke being blown around the huge room. Some dispensaries were giving out herb, others were playing it more sly and only displaying their ganja while puffing with patients a few steps away from their booths. At one booth, there was an at least five-foot glass bong being packed up for patients, while across the way, another group was filling up equally as tall Volcano bags and offering a hit to anyone who would walk by.

The Cannasseur dispensary had one of the most creative booths, offering a plywood simulation of a first-class private jet lounge and having their budtenders dress like flight attendants. Cannasseur also had some the most delicious samples of herb, with the scantily-clad stewardesses handing out bong rips of Kurple Fantasy from sick 4.0 Glass micro tubes. The Clinic also had a unique setup, letting patients play on a homemade The Price Is Right-like Klinko board for coupons and specials. A lot of booths had oil rigs, so it was fun to walk around and try different waxes and budders -- though some booths neglectfully weren't wiping down pipes with sanitary wipes, and the thought of catching some crap from one of the hundreds of other puffers kept me away on occasion. Still, having that many people together all for cannabis, and to have our community recognized by High Times, was exciting.

See a photo slide show from the Medical Cannabis Cup

One strange thing, even for a guy in the media, was all of the media. It seems like around every corner, someone being followed by their pet documentary film crew. People seemed to love hamming it up for the cameras, especially when the crew from G4's Attack of the Show would walk by a booth of puffing patients. I also met a few people from a crew in town filming for National Geographic, as well as another independent documentary film. I know it's legal here, and we should have no shame in what we are doing -- but as attorney Warren Edson appropriately asked after the event: "You know those cameras were on, right?"

But cameras or not, the powers-that-be were well aware of what was going on -- including Dan Hartman, director of the Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. Hartman was not very happy with the blatant puffing according to several dispensary owners who were on-site when he showed up to speak as part of a panel on legal issues on Sunday. But his visit didn't dampen the spirits any more than the spring snowstorm that blew in overnight.

dan skye.JPG
Dan Skye.
By 7 p.m., the crowd collected in the main hall for the awards ceremony, which should have been the highlight of the weekend. Instead, it turned out to be the only real drag of the event. No offense to the guys at High Times who worked so hard to put the cup on, but the thirty-minute self-serving video about the history of the magazine's covers bored everyone to silence before the awards even began. The crowd really got restless during some random comedian's horridly unfunny set. After about an hour of fluff and more corny jokes from High Times editor Dan Skye about how all of our dispensary names sound alike, they finally got down to the awards.

I was surprised by some of the winners -- namely Banana Kush coming in as both third place in the hybrid category and first place in the indica category. I also thought that the guys from Hitman Glass should have placed first. Not that the sick D-Rock bubbler from Lazy J's that took the top spot wasn't extremely worthy, but the turbine oil tube with a built-in glass blowtorch is something I've never even conceived of. (Update: The bubbler was actually a collaboration between D-Rock and Adam G. We've changed the credit in our winner's list below.) Cheeba Chews deserved their win for best edible, and I highly suggest trying one out if you haven't yet (literally just one -- trust me). The Colorado-made Incredibowl also did well and took home two awards (their Sherlock oil attachment looked like a pretty cool device). Otherwise, I haven't tried any of the first place winners yet, but I plan to do so over the next few weeks in Mile Highs and Lows. Expect to see something about Mile High Green Cross, which managed to pull off two first place wins in both the hybrid and indica categories.

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for keeping Colorado that much higher.

Page down to see photos of some beautiful-looking strains, bongs and so forth, as well as a complete list of winners.

See a photo slide show from the Medical Cannabis Cup

medical-cannabis-cup2.jpg
Photo by Kate Levy
Nature's Medicine's signature PB&J.


Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
70 comments
Bichote420
Bichote420

"With all due respect Corey...CIVIL RIGHTS?? As a person of colour, HOW do you equate marijuana use with civil rights? Maybe "personal freedoms", but "civil rights"..? The cannabis movement does NOT address the way people of colour are incarcerated for marijuana at EXTREMELY disproportionate numbers compared to their white counterparts for the exact SAME infractions! Or how the marijuana (drug) laws of this country HELP to sustain the for-profit prison industrial complex that NEEDS the bodies to come in otherwise they would not turn the profits that keep them open! This is all connected, yet not addressed by this movement, so again, I question whether it's a "civil" rights issue, or more an issue of personal freedoms. Again, much respect & have a good day sugar..."

You just explained exactly why it is a civil rights issue, now wether High Times and or all the stoner types acknowledge the true issues behind the drug war is irrelevant. What is also at issue is wether an event that excluded patient and their caregivers was truly a medical event or just Amsterdam wearing a green cross. Im glad every one enjoyed themselves many of which were not from Colorado or patients. But the recreational crowd should grow a pair and own their recreational events instead of slapping the word medical on their agenda. Especially in light of the fact that they always criticize "medical" as being a sham. When in fact the true history of cannabis is that of a medicinal and or spiritual herb. The 60's counter culture is the wrong vehicle to achieve responsible adult use.

Joseph
Joseph

303 Organics (I am a private caregiver) has a financial aid program for qualifying patients. We're in Rollinsville but always strive to make it worth the trip. Check out http://www.303organics.org/ to see what we offer or contact me for details.

Black Betty
Black Betty

What is going on in Denver has NOTHING to do with medical other than in name. As an extremely sick & disabled person who lives with chronic pain...I mean LITERALLY...I can NOT work, I can NOT be active for any duration of time, my body is wracked 24/7 to the point I was precribed Fentanyl for years because my doctors didn't know what else to do for me....I must say again, MEDICAL is a JOKE here. HOW does a truly sick person AFFORD all the extravagant costs of anything related to "medical" marijuana? With all the new rules (1284), my caregiver could no longer provide for more than 5 of us, so alot of us had to be dropped. He ACTUALLY cared & provided my meds to me-now I HAVE to pay...HOW does a truly sick person afford medical marijuana when all the new regulations "helped" BUSINESS while DESTROYING the Cg'er/Patient mode that was in place for 10 years with no problem?Another thing that makes me laugh when marijuana is "addressed" as a civil rights issue...HUH?? Your civil right to smoke, maybe, but that's about it. This movement REFUSES to address the high incarceration rates for people of colour imprisoned for cannabis use that white people do not face in the same numbers.To alot of people of colour, it's a way for y'all to get high, that's what it looks like to us. You don't REALLY care about the sick, or WHO marijuana laws ARE incarcerating, you just want to get stoned & grow bud...freely...without barriers...just admit it, it's OK, just DON'T PRETEND it is anything but what it is!!

Rev. B Baker
Rev. B Baker

PROPS to CAM the alien dawg was the only bud more crystallized then our greenfaith. HEY william have you been to the caregivers cup?

rlp
rlp

The competition was rife with issues. Firstly, the judges were shown the Full Spectrum cannabinoid test results prior and during their judging, so they were able to be swayed by numbers rather than by their own experience. Further, the FSL numbers were added to the judge's scores and weighted heavily, making it very unlikely for something that tested low to have a change at winning, regardless of its quality or medical benefits. The edibles category is an absolute joke, and the "judge" (from out of state! someone call Dan Hartman ha) running a marathon while on one edible and not while on the other 15+ competitors completely ruins the "experiment" and calls into question the entire process. How can a single person or pair of people work their way through that many edibles in 2 days and actually get a read on their efficacy, which is the MAIN component of edible to be judged? The only way to do this fairly is to have real Colorado patient panels demo one edible per day and report their results -- anything more than that is completely unscientific and a waste of time.

These issues were compounded further by the lack of sensible categories, especially in the Extract category, where every type of extraction was grouped as one monolith ("EXTRACTS") and the judges were not told the processes or type of hash that they received. This put someone like Essential Extracts (the consensus best water hash in Colorado) at a huge disadvantage, as they were placed up against butane-extracted hash oil, which routinely tests out at nearly 80% THC compared to ~60% for the best water extractions. They need to have categories for the following Extract types: Solvent (both subcritical and supercritical), Water (anything using water and/or ice), and Dry-Sieve in order to have any modicum of fairness in that aspect of the competition. Great BHO is wonderful product and is probably the most potent cannabis extract on the planet, but so many patients (and BHO makers!) prefer water-extracted hash for their daily use. It's a travesty that EE didn't place at all, and it just shows that the system was completely flawed.

The whole Indica/Sativa thing is a MESS and I don't care what anyone says about ChemDawg, it is not an Indica. Analyzing it chemically and saying it has Indica traits is fucking stupid on the face, and a lab making that claim is pulling wool over everyone's eyes, as they DO NOT have the capability to determine Indica/Sativa genotypes at this point with any real accuracy. As with 99% of all modern day cannabis, ChemDawg is a hybrid and cannot be shoved into a box of simple "Indica" or "Sativa" as High Times attempted to do with this show. An unnamed competitor was forced to enter an OG Kush strain at the behest of High Times as an Indica because "Cali would freak out if a Kush is listed as Sativa" (even though the majority of OG Kush cuts, and especially the one in question, are Sativa-dominant) and there were plenty of other oddities and inaccuracies (Banana Kush, a heavily Indica strain, being listed and winning as both Hybrid and Indica).

This is why the competition needs to be judges in different areas that disregard the stupid and outmoded classifications of "Indica", "Hybrid", and "Sativa". This is my suggestion if they're keeping with the fusion of subjective and lab analysis: Best Overall, Most Potent (subjective measures), Highest THC%, Highest CBD%, Highest Total Cannabinoids, Most Beautiful, Most Aromatic, Best Tasting, Most Unique, Best Breeder Strain (meaning that they bred it themselves, something that only a handful of competitors did this year)...

No disrespect to anyone who did win, but I think everyone can recognize that the competition itself was a farce. It's sad that small business owners spent so much money thinking that they had a fair shot at bringing home an award that would be a boon for their business. In the end, they were misled by a group of New York non-patient businessmen who know very little about medical cannabis and forced to kow-tow to their demands regardless of their superior knowledge about their own products and cannabis in general. It was a very fun event, but the end was a complete let-down and it's a shame that the competition wasn't held with more scientific rigor and only displayed the trappings of science, ultimately resulting in a misguided and ham-handed attempt at fusing lab analysis with subjective experience. I hope that they'll learn from the first attempt and come back with a more scientific process that eliminates the need for their non-Colorado patient editors and staff to break Colorado law in order to provide deeply flawed analysis.

Phantasywhore
Phantasywhore

The Cheeba Chew DECADOSE won the best edible. It comes in a silver wrapper, and has never been offered for sale in Colorado. It is 2.5X stronger than the Quad-dose Cheeba with 175mg.

Shaggy23
Shaggy23

The Cup was fun, but showed how High Times is outdated and has become a blemish on the movement. They openly spoke of how judges came from out of state with no red card to "judge" medicinal products. Rarely, if ever spoke of patients. After speaking to Nico I was astonished at how clueless High Times staff were about CO laws and even the general atmosphere of the movement. The event was a step back for the movement.

ElDiablo
ElDiablo

"But cameras or not, the powers-that-be were well aware of what was going on -- including Dan Hartman, director of the Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. Hartman was not very happy with the blatant puffing...."

I guarantee you they will bust up the party next year!

"What? People are having fun? With medical marijuana? Well, we'll just have to put a stop to that pronto!"

guest
guest

The Cannasseur had all bases covered...best creative booth, hot stewardesses, and AMAZING bud!

Rockymountains4life
Rockymountains4life

I thought that you are supposed to enter strains that you developed not someone else.All of those strains were developed by some other grower and should not be entered in to a cannabis cup except by the growers that developed them.Kudos to the growers that entered there own strains and not some other growers hard work

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

Thanks for the news, man. Always a fan of the MHnL.

I missed the show, but I did get a couple of good shots of Verde's S.B. OG entry.

Figured I'd share the beautiful shots: https://picasaweb.google.com/V...

If you guys ever need photography, or if you have spare change, or a left over sandwich, lemme know!

Keep it breezy.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

I agree Docta. The venue did try to make me pay for water rather filling up my bottle. But it does feel nice to be #1.

Dan Skye, executive editor of High Times Magazine, said he was “incredibly impressed” by how the Denver Cannabis Cup went. Several members of the High Times staff declared Denver and Colorado as being at the forefront of the marijuana movement over the two-day event.

“Right now we always say California is number one, Colorado is number two,” Skye said of the perception on states leading the medical marijuana movement. “But the cohesiveness of the medical marijuana population in Colorado I think far exceeds California. It’s a state where I think the activists really have control.”

http://www.thedenverdailynews....

Oh and if you ant to be activist join us in redressing our grievances to the legislature on Monday the 11th about HB-1261 and Wed the 13 at the Public Open House - Colorado State Capitol

Come see your State House of Representatives up close! Yeah and make this as big of and issue as it is.

Docta
Docta

High Times Cups, although fun and exciting in theory, are rife with bs. Even in the Amsterdam HT Cups, "breeders" will pay other growers with phenomenal grows for their buds and enter them in as their own instead of doing their own work. They get the credit for it and then sell a ton of seeds to people who think they're getting the same stuff. Not to include everyone in this, but HT Cups are often about political and marketing bs. I mean, what is this expert panel of judges and who does it comprise of? How do neither of the high-CBD winning strains not even place in the indica category? How does Banana Kush win in Hybrid and Indica? They used lab testing as a major part of their decisions, but there's no standardization in any lab testing going on in Colorado for marijuana...samples from the same bags will produce huge variations in test results even from the same labs...testing labs will test wet buds or dry buds, which also will greatly affect the results. Honestly, congratulations to all the winners, I'm sure you put in a LOT of work to get that award, but High Times needs to do some work to make their contests more legitimate, especially when charging so much to enter...I can't believe they charged so much for tickets and then made us sit through a 20+ minute infomercial about them. I felt like I was at a time share sale but then I realized I payed to get in and at least time share companies give you a weekend vacation to have to listen to their sales pitch.

H.T. is a sellout
H.T. is a sellout

here comes the DEA. thanks Hightimes. oh yeah did H.T. happen to give anything back to our local scene? just wonderin?

you'reanidiot
you'reanidiot

leave your stupid "civil rights" out of this issue.Civil rights abd black americana are 2 different things and here we go again with that black persecution shit again.If ths shoe fits, wear it, if not, then shut the fuck up about your "people of color" bullshit. Haven't we heard enough bullshit from our president who says he is not muslim, yet had not attended ONE religious function of America, not has he visited the tomb of the unknown soldier, showing us just how much he gives a shit.How much more black bullshit do we have to hear before you shut the fuck up about black this and black that? You idiots want us to NOT talk about it, but yet you keep bringing it up, and throwing it in our face(s)?WTF?Why don't we have a WHITE ENTERTAINMENT TV? or "RED ENTERTIANMENT TV", or "YELLOW ENTERTAIMENT TV", as oposed to "BLACK ENTERTAIMENT TV" Maybe we should start "White Magazine" as opposed to "Ebony Magazine"?This was suposed ot be about cannabis and it's healing properties. not how black america this and black ameroica that.Go tell it to fucking Oprah, maybe she'll give you a fucking car or some other shit to draw atention to black herself.DiD you NOT hear Mrs Obama call ALL smokers sub human?What the fuck does she think SHE is? Human?I don't remember her making ANY distinction between medical smokers and smokers of cigarettes.I think she needs to get back in the kitchen and cook fried chicken, or shut the fuck up. I am sure a lot of smokers will vote for their stupid ass next election, too..

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

Betty, you make some good points, but many of us advocate for patients and work to end Prohibition too; I see no conflict. The laws against cannabis are applied against non-whites disproportionately, but most of the 800,000+ arrested every year for cannabis are white -- these laws are wrong because they abrogate every American's civil right to determine what they put into their own bodies. I freely acknowledge the racist character of our drug laws, but they are applied against people of all races; we are all suffering because of them.

Will Breathes
Will Breathes

Betty, I've been asking around on Facebook for some suggestions for you. A lot of people have suggested Rev. Baker from the Greenfaith Ministry, though he apparently isn't around the metro area. If you get this, feel free to send me an email at william.breathes@gmail.com and I can try and get you guys in touch.

Will Breathes
Will Breathes

Betty,

I am sympathetic to your illness and plight with not getting free meds. I think that you could likely find a new caregiver willing to work with you. If not, there are many dispensaries that offer extremely affordable (like, $1) meds for low-to-no income patients. I would call a few and see -- state law even makes exception to the no-delivery rules for patients who are immobile. I know there are more people out there than that one caregiver willing to help you. Trust me.

That said, not everyone has to be impoverished, deathly ill and immobile to be a "real" medical marijuana patient. 90 percent of the time I"m a pretty healthy guy. I go snowboarding a lot, I work, I play, etc. But that 10 percent of every day that I'm nauseated and fighting back puking sucks. And the nearly 100 times i've been in the ER over the last ten years years would definitely classify me as "truly sick". To me, I want both: I want legalized marijuana without barriers and in the meantime I want my medical pot. Further, why shouldn't someone with medical issues as benign as headaches be able to benefit from this plant? In my mind, we shouldn't have to have a card at all to get herb for medical use.

Do I also buy herb from time to time simply because I enjoy it? sure -- but to say that what is going on in this town has NOTHING to do with medical is insulting to a lot of patients out there, especially coming from one of our own. Like you, I don't like other people who don't know me (or the state, for that matter) deciding for me if I am sick enough or not to benefit from this natural medicine.

Will Breathes
Will Breathes

Rev, I have not been to the Caregivers Cup -- but look forward to attending the next one.

Docta
Docta

Wow, you have spoken so eloquently rip, I could not have hoped to say it any better than you just did. I agree with you 100% well done. I prefer to believe the truth, not just what makes me feel good.

Will Breathes
Will Breathes

Great post and very good points, Rip. Thanks so much.

guest
guest

thank you for doing your homework and giving such an accurate post about the event. i hope EVERYONE takes a min to read the entire content!

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^READ rlp's POST^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

:-)

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Very detailed post, Rip. Thanks for sharing your observations.

Rev. B Baker
Rev. B Baker

check out greenfroggy for the real potent treats, up to 1000+mg active treats, and they make what ever treat you want, not just a few things

Shaggy23
Shaggy23

and these were given to Nico & the judges days before any other entries were permitted to be dropped off. Cheeba Chews are great & deserve to win but High Times really dropped the ball on being legit in any way.

Oo
Oo

Yeah not good for Californians to be smoking Medicinal Marijuana illegally on a stage built by patients. SMDH.

Docta
Docta

I agree...one of the judges was some pretty girl on stage who said she ate the 3rd place edible before running a half marathon...wtf? That doesn't sound like a very disciplined or thorough means of judging....when they charge $1500 per entry I would expect something waaaaaaay more legit and professional, but knowing who High Times really is I should've known better. (And excellent point about the judges not even being patients, I guess we are supposed to take their word for everything and assume their employee judges are so legit since they are the almighty High Times)...

Concerned Caregiver
Concerned Caregiver

Whose idea was it to invite Dan Hartmann anyway? Not very patient-friendly, High Times. Don't you know he's the state's head POT COP, head of the PATIENT POLICE. He is not a friend to patients, and his presence on the VIP list of panelists was pretty disgusting. Espec. considering HT didn't have a SINGLE MD OR PATIENT as part of any of their talks. Just take the word "MEDICAL" out of it, please, HT, next time, so that you quit trying to capitalize on our patients in Colorado. This event had nothing to do with "medical" use (no patients, no medical doctors, no money given to local patient rights groups, no free passes or transportation for homebound patients). Our patients would LOVE for HT to throw them a party. Too bad HT forgot about them!!!

Oo
Oo

Hmmm , I forgot about that. In the Breeder haven that is Amsterdam the Cup always operated that way didn't it?

That would be really cool to see what kind of strains are being originated here.

BLEH
BLEH

No kidding. Here's the "winning formula":

Step 1) Go out and get a bunch of cuts and seed packs. Step 2) Grow them all out, enter the best as your own.Step 3) Buy a big boothStep 4) Profit???

Colforbin
Colforbin

what a bunch of suckers... did it occure to anyone that skye would have said tallahasse's herb was the best if that city held the comp. I'm not saying we don't have incredible herb. I'm just sayin he was pullin the old denver rocks the hardest scam.

Oo
Oo

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing. I agree.

Raisintoastie
Raisintoastie

High Times offered free booths to Colorado non-profits and placed activists on panels along with local doctors, lawyers, scientists and politicians.

Another Sick Patient
Another Sick Patient

To Will:1) What was wrong with Betty keeping her own caregiver?

2) Where are these $1 meds available?

Thanks

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

Docta, my statement about non-patients serving as judges was rhetoric -- I generally disapprove of statements which could incriminate members of our community. I do not shy away from learning or speaking the truth!

Cheeba Chews
Cheeba Chews

Deca Dose is for sale at Top Shelf in Boulder, Lotus Medical, and Grasshopper on Federal in Denver.

Shaggy23- Where do you get your info? We dropped our entries off the same day as every other Edible at the Mayflower in Denver. We actually almost missed our deadline and showed up 10mins before the High Times staff left.

Robert
Robert

Judging cannabis seems problematic under the best of circumstances. Oenophiles can swish and spit, but once a cannaseur inhales, subsequent judgments may have to rely mostly on unburned smell and taste. As for allegations that judges were not patients, I'd prefer to think of these as baseless for obvious reasons. I look forward to Colorado's own cannabis contest, the Caregivers' Cup, in which patients choose the best medicine grown by individual caregivers -- these are the people authorized by our Constitution to provide cannabis to patients.

Oo
Oo

That also doesn't sound like a very strong edible...

corey's mom
corey's mom

is there anything else you might like to sell?

Rev. B Baker
Rev. B Baker

greenfaith ministry can help ya find treats

William Breathes
William Breathes

I never said there was anything wrong with keeping her caregiver. But her caregiver had to drop her, so I suggested that there might be other CGs out there willing to help. If another CG can't be found, i was simply stating that there may be dispensaries that could help out.

I'll have to get back to you on the low-cost meds, but off the top of my head I remember Good Chemistry mentioning something about it.... But there are plenty I just can't seem to remember right now.

Shaggy23
Shaggy23

From Nico at The Mayflower.

Docta
Docta

Robert, read rip's post but prefer to think whatever you want.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

I am only giving away information to get people active so the GOV does not shut this down. But now that you ask mom I would like some money $75,000 would be good then we can file an injunction against HB-1261 and go back to the way it was befro Dan Hartman and the DOR become the statewide DEA

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...