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Cannabis Crown in Aspen awards top honors..........
    #404339 - 04/20/10 08:28 PM (8 years, 2 months ago)

Cannabis Crown in Aspen awards top honors to Candy Kush

It's official: The best bud in Colorado is the Candy Kush from Rocky Mountain Remedies, a Steamboat Springs medical marijuana dispensary.

Candy Kush was awarded top honors at last weekend's first annual Aspen Cannabis Crown competition, but there's still time for another of the 140 strains entered in the competition to capture the so-called People's Choice award, which won't be announced for another two weeks. That's how much time a cadre of self-styled judges -- whose only qualification was to have enough enthusiasm for marijuana to lay out a few hundred dollars for the distinction -- have to sample and rate the contestants based on such criteria as taste, aroma and effect. During the weekend, the competing growers displayed their products in a conference room at the Gant Hotel to a giddy stream of enthusiasts who could eyeball the raw product and then visit a temporary dispensary room upstairs to buy samples of medicine (assuming they were Colorado medical marijuana patients). Event organizers constantly reminded attendees that there was to be no medicating in public or at the hotel, not even for judges. Theoretically, the actual smoking was to take place behind closed doors, but judge Steve Ball from Denver just found a quiet outdoor walkway in the hotel complex in which to sample a strain of marijuana called LSD.

It's hard to imagine someone more qualified to judge the bud he's smoking. Ball, a young blonde man, spews forth facts about marijuana as if he's reading from a text. First he sniffs the small green wad of LSD, giving it a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 ("I want to leave them room for improvement," he says). For appearance, he gives a slightly higher rating, but also notes that he's seen better. Finally, he packs an orange ceramic one-shot pipe and takes a deep hit. The look on his face is no different than that of a sommelier sipping a fine wine. Ball eventually exhales a huge plume of smoke and judges the taste to be just so-so. Now it's a matter of waiting to evaluate the effect -- after 20 minutes or so, he judges it to be a pleasant body high, centered on his upper torso, with a nice lightheadedness. He said that based on years of experience, he has enough of a tolerance for the effects of marijuana to test a different strain every 30 minutes or so.

The official award-winner was judged a bit differently, using scientific analysis to measure the THC content.

Overall, about 2,500 people attended the Cannabis Crown, which included a myriad of events, including a beauty pageant at which 25-year-old Telluride resident Blakely Stein was crowned Miss Cannabis, a hemp clothing fashion show, and speakers and vendors at two hotels. It was largely trouble free, except for one incident in which a young man was arrested for having brass knuckles.

The Cannabis Crown is planned to be an annual event.

Check out the clip below at which the top five winners were announced.


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Re: Cannabis Crown in Aspen awards top honors.......... [Re: SpaceMonkey]
    #404413 - 04/21/10 12:20 AM (8 years, 2 months ago)

sounds to me like people's choice is the award that's actually going to count then. Who really cares about the digital potency analysis?


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