Marijuana: Introducing Canna-Rave, "the first ever all-cannabis rave"

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Coming this weekend: A rave featuring heavy bass, lasers, strobes and...marijuana?

Yes, you read that right -- not ecstasy or another club drug, but good, old-fashioned marijuana.

Pot isn't usually associated with raves, but after this weekend, some rave-goers may think otherwise. That's because on Saturday, Hashman Events is hosting "Canna Rave!, described as "The first ever all-cannabis rave."

The pot-themed event, scheduled from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Fanbass Studios, 3050 East 43rd Street in Denver, is trying to capitalize on rave culture that is, well, all the rave right now. But instead of a bunch of sixteen-year-olds in their underwear running around trying to find "Molly," there will be a group of 21-and-over stoners (unless you're younger and have a red card) burning green and munching down while listening to dance music.

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Hashman Events owner AJ Hashman holds a monthly "meet and greet" for medical patients to get together and smoke every month, and he wants to expand from there. Since he loves electronic dance music and cannabis, he thought, "Hey, let's bring the EDM and cannabis scene together."

The main idea of Canna-Rave, he says, is to build a community in which marijuana fanciers who enjoy dancing and having fun can do so without other drugs and alcohol.

"It's a different type of rave," Hashman says. "A lot of people are just gonna be chillin'."

There will be nugs, munchies, dab stations, glass vendors and even a doctor giving MMJ evaluations to those who need some help with a red card. All of which sounds great, but it raises an obvious question: "Is this legal?"

"Basically now, cannabis is legal as long as it's at a private event," Hashman says. "So essentially you are paying to be a member of Canna-Rave for the evening."

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From AJ Hashman's Facebook.
This isn't the first event in Colorado that has featured open cannabis use. The High Times Cannabis Cup was accessible to anyone on 4/20 and went off without interference from law enforcement (although the clean-up was another story). And there are several clubs in Colorado Springs that hold pot events regularly.

So, in theory, the Canna-Rave plan is legal -- or at least legal enough to not be illegal.

According to Hashman, there will be no pot sold at the event and no alcohol in the private-club setting. Paid security will enforce the privacy rule in case police officers decide to pay a visit -- which is something that Hashman says has happened at his events before but has never been an issue.

Those who attend are welcome to bring up to an ounce of their favorite sticky green to smoke and share with friends. In addition, some generous stoners will be giving out samples. Hashman is one of them, and he says he'll have some of the go-go's walking around with trays of pot from his own recreational grow. The Incredibowl's Smoke Team will be there, too, offering samples. And for the wax fans, there will be four different dab stations with a variety of butane hash oil.

The event is more than just pot and munchies. There will also be blacklight body painting, chair massages, a bikini contest, dancers, and of course, the music.

"I was extremely selective about the DJs chosen," Hashman says. "I wanted to set the mood rather than get big names."

The eight DJs chosen are the "upbeat, dancey type," says Hashman, with "bassed and dance vibes." (They include Chocolate Drop, Beta's DJ, and international touring DJ Mostro of the group Monopoly Brothers.)The opening acts are a bit mellower, with each succeeding turntablist building up to more upbeat jams after midnight.

Right now, Hashman says, "there are still a good amount of tickets available. But you know pot heads: They always wait for the last minute."

He hopes to make Canna-Rave a quarterly event and is planning for the next installment to feature all female DJs. Presale tickets are available; send an e-mail to cannarave@gmail.com to save a spot on the guest list.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Rob Corry, marijuana advocate, arrested after allegedly breaking RV window."

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42 comments
Radiant Sun
Radiant Sun

Seems to be all about half naked chicks this time. Hence, it will always be a sausage fest if that continues.

Brian Whatley
Brian Whatley

all the good stuff always happens 200 miles away from here (La Junta) , you lucky fucks

Anthony Siraguse
Anthony Siraguse

Who has ever sat around getting high and thought "dude I wanna dance my ass off until 5am". Certainly not me. Have fun, I suppose.

Mel Mcgee
Mel Mcgee

Nick Payne, Levin Engelhardt Sounds fun?!

Jake David
Jake David

I wish I was just the usual meet n greet

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I've never been to a 'rave' . I LOATHE the music !

adrotar623
adrotar623

it sucks im gonna be out of town for this


Jake David
Jake David

the meetn greet used to be fun when about medical patients now it's about everybody trying to just get super high and fucking party.how ridiculous you turn the meeting agreed to a fucking rave. most medical marijuana patients are over the age of 40 No 40 year old or even I want to go to a rave. that ruins the whole chill environment

April Dawne
April Dawne

seems like it'd be boring and a bit too mellow, sans dancing.

Green_eyes
Green_eyes

Sounds like a fun time, minus the weed for this gal.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Hashman! ... who's your lawyer, Rob Corry??



Schwagstock founder Jimmy Tebeau enters federal prison, should other music-festival organizers worry about on-site drug use?

http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2013-06-13/news/jimmy-tebeau-crack-house-statute-schwagstock/


21 USC § 856 - Maintaining drug-involved premises

(a) Unlawful acts

Except as authorized by this subchapter, it shall be unlawful to —

(1) knowingly open, lease, rent, use, or maintain any place, whether permanently or temporarily, for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing, or using any controlled substance;

(2) manage or control any place, whether permanently or temporarily, either as an owner, lessee, agent, employee, occupant, or mortgagee, and knowingly and intentionally rent, lease, profit from, or make available for use, with or without compensation, the place for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, storing, distributing, or using a controlled substance.

(b) Criminal penalties 

Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 20 years or a fine of not more than $500,000, or both, or a fine of $2,000,000 for a person other than an individual.

(c) Violation as offense against property

A violation of subsection (a) of this section shall be considered an offense against property for purposes of section 3663A (c)(1)(A)(ii) of title 18.(d) 

Civil penalites 

(1) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than the greater of —

(A) $250,000; or

(B) 2 times the gross receipts, either known or estimated, that were derived from each violation that is attributable to the person.

(2) If a civil penalty is calculated under paragraph (1)(B), and there is more than 1 defendant, the court may apportion the penalty between multiple violators, but each violator shall be jointly and severally liable for the civil penalty under this subsection.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Too bad EDM will ruin the party.

Syd Tastic
Syd Tastic

The only rave with Doritos & video games!

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

every marijuana industry party i have ever been to has consisted of a bunch of dudes wearing dumb hats sitting down and not talking because they are too dab'd out to be social. SOUNDS FUN

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Jake David Chillin' to Phish (etc.), on the other hand....

When I lived in LA, the Griffith Observatory had something called Laserium, at which they produced dynamic laser art on the dome usually used for star charts, to the sounds of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc. The shows always smelled of high-grade bud. I wasn't a patient at the time (or a pot smoker, for that matter) but I always loved the smell of the good stuff.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@April Dawne ... come party and dance with the Donkey! ... it's never too mellow.

... usually too beaucoup, too beaucoup.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Green_eyes ... you'll love it! ... a sausage party of incoherent unbathed stoners.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Cognitive_Dissident @Juan_Leg  

I was being mockingly sarcastic .....

I do envy your edible intake !

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@Cognitive_Dissident 

Oh yeah...raves...meaning "ecstasy" parties. They bust those all the time. So, the word "rave" is probably an "invitation" in itself.

...and from what I hear, (children, if someone is selling "ecstasy," you don't know it's MDMA--in fact, you probably don't know if it's crystal drano unless you test it with one of the many kits available, so don't take a chance!) MDMA isn't really terribly dangerous if you stay hydrated (not my thing, don't know first-hand.)

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

If they think there's a massive stash, maybe. When I was growing up, the guy across the street used to have huge pot parties. The police came and shut it down if it got to noisy, but I don't ever remember hearing of any busts--local or federal. 

It's funny, because I wasn't necessarily "down with it" at the time, but just because it wasn't my thing didn't mean I was interested in seeing the government involved. Frankly, for the LA area, it was a good middle class neighborhood, and it would take a book to explain why, but as long as it was peaceful, the cops in that particular city didn't really care.

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