Photos: High Times blames owner for now-cleaned-up Cannabis Cup mess
As we reported yesterday, the River North-area site of the High Times Cannabis Cup was left trashed after the event throughout Earth Day, irritating neighbors and putting a black mark on the cannabis community. A group of volunteers and a cleaning crew from the Exdo Center, where the event took place, worked through the snow to render the field spotless -- or as spotless as a dirt field can be -- as High Times and center supervisors took turns denying that they'd dropped the ball.
Big photos below.
Here's a photo of what the field looked like on Monday; we've included more below.
A crew of guys from Platte Valley -- the lone dispensaries that had left a massive display setup behind -- had caught wind of the mess Monday night on social media and were out early with attorney Warren Edson, who lives in the neighborhood. By 2 p.m., a massive cleanup effort was under way, with more than a dozen volunteers -- many from dispensaries, including Pink House, which left a huge pink couch behind -- all chipping in to get the park clean.
Warren Edson snapped this (fuzzy) pic during the cleanup:
EXDO manager Andrew Feinstein, with whom we spoke yesterday, was not concerned with blame, saying he would rather focus on the community cleanup effort that took place. He posted the following on Facebook after the cleanup:
I want to express my many many thanks to our amazing EXDO crew, the volunteers who came out and friends like Warren Edson and Kevin Preblud for helping to clean up the neighboring lot here in RiNo. The weather proved difficult but we got it done. Lunch at Jake's on me.This photo shows the site after the cleanup:
Meanwhile, High Times representatives responded to the mess with a press release in which they said they paid the property's owner "handsomely" for use of the site and clean up afterward.
For that reason, they feel they are taking an unfair amount of blame for someone else's mistake.
Continue for the High Times take, more photos of the clean up, and shots of the original mess.