Photos: High Times Cannabis Cup site left trashed for Earth Day

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Big photos below.
Update below: The High Times Cannabis Cup left a cloud of haze in the air that had all but disappeared by Sunday night, after the event closed. Unfortunately, the trash didn't dissipate as easily, and by Monday afternoon -- Earth Day -- hundreds of pounds of junk was still sitting out in an open, unfenced field near the event.

Yesterday, photos began to circulate online of the completely trashed field where the recreational and medical marijuana outdoor use areas were held, as well as the lack of workers (or anyone) cleaning it up.

When I went by around 6:30 last night to snap the pics seen here and below, the site was still a mess of paper fliers, unused swag bags from vendors, food trash and wrecked scaffolding for pop-up tents. Most obvious was the upturned pink couch and the completely intact circular stand that Platte Valley had set up to show off their Wax Room. I walked around and didn't see any marijuana on the ground, but I did find a few full cans of Vector butane and several used pot baggies and wax containers.

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We called Exdo Center, where the event was held, and manager Andrew Feinstein said staffers there were being proactive about the cleanup; employees and a team of volunteers are tackling the mess right now. Feinstein didn't want to get into specifics on who dropped the ball, but from the rumors we've heard, it sounds like the company hired to put up the security fence around the outdoor recreational/medical smoking area took it down a day early, leaving trash behind in a field.

Manager Feinstein wouldn't comment on that, saying only that workers didn't get around to the field until this morning because they'd focused their efforts on other places the day after the concert -- and then they were delayed by the snowstorm that started yesterday evening. He also declined to say if High Times or Exdo was contractually obligated to clean up the site.

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"These things happen, and we are being proactive now for the neighbors," he told us, adding that volunteers were helping out the paid crews hired by Exdo for the cleanup.

After several people tweeting photos and putting them up on Facebook last night, a crew of volunteers began organizing to clean up the site in the morning despite several inches of wet spring snow. According to sources, the volunteers arrived to find there was already a crew working on the cleanup, shoveling up snow and junk into two large roll-off dumpsters with the help of a bulldozer.

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Frankly, it doesn't matter who dropped the ball -- it's yet another scuff on the 4/20 weekend in the eyes of a lot of people, including the RiNo neighbors who have complained about the mess in the field. Mix this with the lines of people standing around smoking joints for hours waiting to get in on Friday in front of pissed-off condo owners across the street, and we wouldn't be surprised if High Times starts looking for a new venue for next year.

Update: Exdo's Andrew Feinstein has shared two photos of the now-cleaned-up site. They follow the ones taken on Earth Day

Continue for more photos of the site from yesterday evening and today.


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DonkeyHotay
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Denver Post Poll - 4/20 Permit

The city of Denver charges a permit fee for festivals at Civic Center, but not for free-speech demonstrations. 

Which type of gathering should the annual 4/20 marijuana celebration be considered?

Total Votes = 4200

Fe
stival  3233 Votes, or 76.97 %

Free-speech demonstration
  967 Votes, or 23.02 %

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

Nice, dopers dont give a crap about nature except when it comes to where their drug comes from.

Kendall Bridges
Kendall Bridges

I actually live in the building next door to Exdo and had no issues with the festival. Yes is was crazy busy and people were everywhere but at no point was there any issue with obnoxious behavior, rude people. etc. It's a festival. I would love to see some pictures of Civic Center park the day after Taste of Colorado or Pridefest! There were people out here picking up trash and cleaning until at least 2 or 3 am both mornings.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

I have asked before but do not believe that I ever got a response. Who is responsible for your (Westword) Facebook posts?

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Agreed Che and Derek. Rather than admit in the headline or post description that the fence was taken down a day early, that a snow storm complicated matters, and that it was cleaned up asap Westword chooses to try and make it sound like the attendees were at fault. Westword, this is pretty pathetic of your staff to not post the truth up front as you know many people won't read the article but just the headline instead.

Chris Larson-Gillson
Chris Larson-Gillson

FUCK OFF Westward!! It was cleaned up the next day AND they did it for FREE and on their own time! SOoo FUCK OFF!

Che Harness
Che Harness

How come it says there are 7 comments, but I see only 3?

Chris Weis
Chris Weis

go look at it now, people, out of the goodness of their hearts cleaned it up.

Luciana Giana Randazzo
Luciana Giana Randazzo

Mark Thompson, sorry the last time you ventured in to Tracks, you left empty handed. :( I would probably still be mad too. Besides that ridiculous statement, now it just sounds like someone at Westword has a personal vendetta with either Exdo, or High Times. We got it the first time, Westword.

Derek Dwreck Wynn
Derek Dwreck Wynn

And it was on PRIVATE Property and it snowed in the one day gap between the event closing late at night until it was clean.

Derek Dwreck Wynn
Derek Dwreck Wynn

Come on Westword.... more bad publicity. It was cleaned up the next day

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Denver's 4/20 permit questioned after organizers given Free use of Civic Center Park

A Denver city councilman is questioning why organizers of last weekend's 4/20 celebration were given a free permit to use Civic Center Park when other large-scale events pay nearly $4,000 a day for festivals.

"My concern is they are hiding behind the First Amendment so they can hold a rally and not have to pay for it," said Councilman Charlie Brown, who is pushing for a new law that would clean up the language about who can receive free general assembly permits.

"This is about fairness and equity," Brown said. "The ordinance would tighten up the permitting process for Civic Center. That is sacred ground to me. It is a national historic area. To let a group have it like that for free? You have to be kidding."

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23099664/denvers-4-20-permit-questioned-after-free-use-civic-center-park

Madatyou
Madatyou

I enjoy the rhetoric spewed by the MJ Culture. "To those championing the cleanup effort" is laughable. To those sponsoring companies that called out in the media for being shit heads who are now  (like insolent children) cleaning up their mess. Congrats...  

I also think the shooting that priceless. I so enjoyed the hoards of stoned and fearful running terrified past my home that day. I just watched from my porch and thought to myself "Self, didn't we call this a week ago, yes self we did."

Donkey I agree with a lot of what you say in this particular thread, but over all you are cum-sicle.

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

Hey Peter, It's not people like me that make your job harder, it's an unfortunately large percentage of those involved in MJ culture that have created a certain stigma associated with cannabis. Society's perception of cannabis has formed after decades and decades, not because of a comment I made on a website. Kindly fuck off.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Proves the stereotype that Stoners are Filthy Lazy Pigs!


Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

To those championing their clean-up at Civic Park...good for you :) Two totally different events. One was free, come one, come all. The other was a ticketholder only event with sponsors and a rented venue. One event people volunteered to clean up because nobody was hired to do it. One had hired a company to deal with it so attendees didnt have to. Let me know what any venue looks like after a two day event with 15,000+ people and the walls come down early before cleaning crews can do their job. Blaming attendees for this is like inviting people over for a house party, telling them you'll clean up the mess afterwards, and when your parents come home before you can you blame the party goers for not picking up..

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

To those bitching about "trashy lazy stoners" did ya even bother to read the article and not just the headline? The security company who put the fence up apparently took it down a day early (translate for you: before scheduled clean-up). Then the snow storm yesterday didnt help. Read the articles and quit focusing on the headlines.

Jay B
Jay B

Okay settle down, doing an event in another city is difficult, but I think it went over well and it looks like everything is cleaned up.  So many people in town, was a boon to our economy and we should thank the mj community for doing a great job on the most part.  Perhaps there was some flubs, but I think everyone will learn fromthis.  The venue needs to charge more for cleanup or make sure that there is cleanup.  This is why venues have a damage deposit many times.


Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

Blayne you are an idiot. If you're a part of the MJ culture, then yes, you have an equal amount of responsibility to help spread the word in a positive manner.If you're not part of the culture, WHAT THE F*CK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Please take your negative attitude to another forum. People like you make people like me and and Cannabis blog supporters have to work that much harder getting the word out.

Dave5280
Dave5280

High Times' contract also only called for 5000 people, way less than the 15,000 tix they sold to the event,  High Times should never be allowed back in Denver


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Madatyou "... but over all you are cum-sicle."

Tastes Great! ... Less Filling!

stuka1
stuka1

@Madatyou  Umadbro? YeahUmad LOL

You're also a pathetic excuse for a human being, with your glee that folks got shot by gangbangers. Including a teenager. Hope your kid gets shot in the face one day. Then perhaps you will see things differently.

Madatyou
Madatyou

@Blayne McMillan  Seriously bro? They just blamed the property owner. They took no responsibility for themselves. What a joke.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Blayne McMillan ... who can trust the Profiteering Pot Propagandists at HighTimes, given the utter bullshit they publish in their rag, like the always laughable "Market Quotations".


stuka1
stuka1

@Blayne McMillan  

Society's perception of cannabis has been created by pathological-lying prohibitionist reefer-madness assholes like you who have been spreading your bullshit hysterical propaganda just like you are doing here today for the last 100+ years. On behalf of the entire pro-cannabis community, I invite you to go fuck yourself. In the ass. With a cactus. Wrapped in barbed wire. Covered with Tabasco sauce.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== pathetic prohibitionist asswipes are as pathetic prohibitionist asswipes do!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Josh Bradley ... typical slacker-loser-stoner, blames others for his own failures.


stuka1
stuka1

@Dave5280 <=== pathological lying prohibitionist fucktard, Lying with the Jackass and covered with fleas

dan028
dan028

@Dave5280 totally wrong and uninformed comment here Dave5280. High Times clearly and many times let Exdo know more than 15,000 people were coming to the event. Nothing in the contract states anything about a limit of 5000 people. Stop spreading misinformation and get the facts. And we will be back in Denver with more epic events in the future you can count on that. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "Society's perception of cannabis has been created by ..."

Worthless lying lowlife pig-ignorant shitbags like you.

Keep up the good work, chump.

jordan.bradfish
jordan.bradfish

It was overrated and way too crowded. They need to find a new venue either way, this year was no fun too many people.

jordan.bradfish
jordan.bradfish

hopefully you get a bigger venue next time because this year's cannabis cup was over sold and over rated. Way too many people to have an enjoyable time. When it takes 30 min to walk 200 feet you have a problem.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

sucka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings" 

Whoooooop! ... there it is!

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay <==== LMAO, pathetic LOSER, wasting its whole night flailing and failing. How sad.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

stuka1 
= lowlife prohibitionist pig, and general idiot

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

Keep flailing and failing, asswipe, it's what you do best. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings" 

OCD FAIL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

LMAO, what a pathetic troll.  Go ahead and waste the rest of the night chasing my posts and trolling.  Flailing and failing is what you do best, LOSER.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

sucka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings" 


Universal FAIL!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

stuka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings" 

FAIL FAIL FAIL!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

Galactic FAIL!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jordan.bradfish ... HighTimes is too busy LAUGHING all the way to the BANK with the $$$ they fleeced from gullible stoners.


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