Photos: High Times Cannabis Cup 2013 wrap-up and winners
High Times Magazine threw arguable the biggest private pot parties in the nation over the weekend, drawing thousands of people over two days to the Exdo Events Center for the mag's third cannabis contest in as many years. The past two years, only medical marijuana patients were allowed to puff tough on the premises. This year, though, the ganja fest was open to everyone, with areas set aside for recreational and medical patients to pack bowls, socialize and soak in some of the occasional springtime sun filtered through a smoky haze of clouds overhead.
Photos, video below.
The event was three times as big as it's been in the past, taking over Exdo for exhibitions, two warehouses behind it for medical patients, all of 35h between Walnut and Larimer for an open-air pot product market and a second vacant lot one block southeast of Exdo that was turned into a carnival fun (mad?) house of marijuana shops, seed stores and pipe makers giving out pounds of hash oil one dab at a time.
We showed up around 1 p.m., and even with VIP entrance, it took about an hour to move through the line, get bracelets and enter the tightly-packed center. The lines were one of the major gripes from day one visitors. Traveling through Exdo and over to the recreational-marijuana-use area took about twenty minutes of crowd-dodging, and the fenced-in area was equally packed with herb-puffers.
There were a lot of out-of-towners representing places like Texas, Oklahoma and New Jersey, with some even coming from as far away as New Zealand for the stony weekend. Tourists tended to have a "I can't believe this is happening" look on their faces while snatching up as much crap as they could -- lining up at booth after booth for freebies like stickers, shirts and hits of weed.
A few dispensaries, like Pink House and 420 Wellness, set up massive, elaborate booths, with the latter opting for the tits-and-ass approach of having topless, body-painted women hand out dabs. Their skeezy approach worked, nabbing them second place for best booth. First place winner Incredibowl opted for the more direct approach -- sending out a team of people loaded with herb and Incredibowl pipes to get people stoned all over the venue.
Photo by William Breathes Stay classy, 420 Wellness.
Sunday wasn't nearly as bad with regard to crowd size, and it was much easier to walk around checking out the different vendors displaying everything from herb to pipes to alcohol wipes for cleaning up your hash oil tools. Though we've been to the Denver cups in the past, this one took the cake as far as spectacle went. Dabs of hash oil were everywhere, spiffs lit up every few seconds and a surprising number of edibles were being offered up for free.
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