Photos: High Times Cannabis Cup 2013 wrap-up and winners

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Photos, video below.
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.

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.

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Photo by William Breathes
Lines stretched around the block on Saturday, with general admission people waiting up to four hours to get inside from what we heard.

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.

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Photo by William Breathes
Stay classy, 420 Wellness.
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.

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.

Continue for more about this year's High Times Cannabis Cup, including award winners and additional photos.


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BuddJones
BuddJones

Back in the day before Chatfield Dam was built the local adults would rent horses at Happy Valley Ranch on the weekends and ride up into the foothills for picnics and parties late into the night. It was good clean fun with All Natural Cannabis shipped in from Columbia or the Islands. Those were the good old days.

makeitright
makeitright

IT MAKES ME SICK THAT KARMACEUTICALS STOLE MAHATMA EXTREME EXTRACTS 1ST PLACE CUP. THEY ARE THIEVES AND LIARS.

1ST PLACE CUP FOR WAX WENT TO  MAHATMA EXTREME CONCENTRATES

GUCCI OG   

DO NOT SHOP AT KARMACEUTICALS

instntkrma
instntkrma

It was too fucking crowded, there weren't enough facilities for the crowd.  They need some good food vendors & a much bigger space. We didn't last 2 hours. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... nothing but subjective meaningless nonsense until OBJECTIVE LABORATORY TESTS for THC / CBD are run and provided.



BuddJones
BuddJones

@instntkrmaWarning: Prices will continue to fall, competition will remain fierce, patient numbers are decreasing, and multiple location franchising is evidently coming near you soon. You want to survive in the Medical Marijuana Industry? You better get some MMJ Business Balls now pilgrim because time is a wasting!

BuddJones
BuddJones

@instntkrmaThe Old Airport is now the new hippest place to be if you are a clean cut but under paid former Yuppie lost in an never-ending generational gap that has left you with a fat mortgage and soon to be ending job. Walking the dog and looking for a potential Bride takes up most of your weekend however the thoughts of becoming a Father still scares you to death. .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@instntkrma  ... Profiteering Pandering High Times Magazine knows that Gullible Stoners are easily suckered and fleeced of their $$$.

They've been doing it for decades.


BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotayWay out there in No Where Land are the Dreams built upon Dust and the tourists wonder if Denver really exists by the time the Bus brings them into the Tech Center Hotel. They can hardly wait to jump in the Rental car and drive up to the first Medical Marijuana Dispensary they can find & watch anybody walk in and come out with a bag of Weed.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== Pathetic prohibitionist-turncoat troll spams irrelevant off-topic tripe

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay Testing bud is nonsense, it provides nothing but meaningless numbers for marketing scams. They don't tell you anything about the strain or the current harvest, it only tells you about a tiny piece of bud. It's a scam that everyone if falling for, even our regulators, the same gram sample could be tested 10 times and get 10 different results. Concentrates and edibles are the only thing worth testing for THC/CBD, natural flowers are not consistent enough to label the whole batch from one test on one piece of bud, and is certainly not a reliable test of a strain. Buds should be tested for mold, contaminates and residual fertilizers only, and should be tested with multiple samples from all over each plant, each harvest. Another example of people thinking plants are like pharmaceuticals, alcohol or manufactured weed products, buds are not the same and should not be tested as if they are.

anon
anon

@DonkeyHotay They did run THC and CBD tests on the samples, actually.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey "it only tells you about a tiny piece of bud"

Exactly ... the piece of bud in question -- i.e. the ones that are being reviewed!

@Monkey "the same gram sample could be tested 10 times and get 10 different results"

Utter nonsense ... unless the tests are being done by clueless stoners.

@Monkey "Concentrates and edibles are the only thing worth testing for THC/CBD"

Concentrate OILS are more homogeneous in content, edibles and hash not so much. So where are the OBJECTIVE LAB TESTS for the oils / concentrates reviewed by WW and HT ?

@Monkey  "Buds should be tested for mold, contaminates and residual fertilizers only"

YOUR same lame arguments against bud testing for THC apply. Contradict yourself much?

@Monkey "Another example of people thinking plants are like pharmaceuticals"

So you admit that "medical" marijuana -- re: smoking buds -- is a SHAM!


ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@Monkey Funny how the DonkeyDouche who tries to rail against regulations keeps insisting on there being more.

Logic consistency fail. Just like she failed at everything else in life.

stuka1
stuka1

@anon 

The Jackass does not trouble or concern itself with reality or facts. 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== Toe-tapper once again showing off its penchant/fascination/obsession with gay anal sex, gay anal fisting, and eating shit from gay mens asses. No surprise here.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Ryan"the retard"Cordova = reading comprehension FAIL!

Ryan"the retard"Cordova = claims I'm Kathleen Chippi

LOL!

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