Incredibles dominates Munchie Cup Awards Show

20150724_201301The 2nd annual Abakus Munchie Cup was held in Denver, Colorado, from July 24 to 26, at Green Labs. Grandmaster Caz, one of the greatest deejays and rappers from the first generation of hip hop, headlined the event. Bill Levin, founder of the First Church of Cannabis, gave the keynote address and was inducted into the Temple Dragon Crew. Munchie Cup founder Steven Hager unleashed his new hymnal for cannabis ministries and randomly performed songs with an impromptu band put together every day composed of whoever walked through the door. Many arrivals unexpectedly found themselves suddenly swept up into the Munchie Cup choir.

Ballpark Holistic easily won the best dispensary award and their products also dominated. Seven shops within walking distance of Green Labs had been targeted for participation. Dixie Elixirs won best medicated drink, Incredibles won the best candy award, and PBJ won best confection. Best flower went to Pakistani Kush, while best concentrate went to Live Resin BP. The best expo booth award went to Incredibles, who kept the judges happy with an endless supply of snacks, although none were medicated due to the rules in Denver regarding cannabis events. Next year, the Munchie Cup may be free to attend because if you don’t sell entry tickets, it is possible to give away cannabis and cannabis products.

The Pot Illuminati Award (blind judged by Grandmaster Caz in record time) went to Girl Scout Cookies, which beat out six other strains determined by the Temple Dragon Crew as being the best flowers at the event.

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Letter to the Commissioners requesting a Peace Ceremony

mapforADear County Commissioners:

Abakus Media is striving to set the high bar in responsible cannabis tourism and we held our first event at the Gant resort in Aspen last August. It had 120 attendees and four exhibitors. Tommy at the Gant can tell you about us as he runs their Convention Center.

Tommy will tell you we do ceremonies, and take them seriously, and believe cannabis enhances them. But we also believe in keeping intoxicants away from children, and not promoting them, so we don’t use cannabis as part of our ceremonies, but privately when adults are alone.

Our staff is entirely volunteer, and no speakers nor performers are paid to appear, so they are volunteers as well. We do not advertise our ceremonies except through social media and our Abakus website.

Much of Hager’s income for the past decade has been lecturing students on responsible cannabis use, a message he has delivered to over 300 major colleges and universities over the last 14 years, and one he’ll gladly deliver free in your town if invited. He may be the most effective spokesperson in curbing teen cannabis abuse in America. We encourage you to contact Robert Stutman, retired, former head of NY Drug Enforcement Agency, the most respected narcotics officer in America, to confirm these statements.

We’d like to hold a peace ceremony in your town, one that will leave a palpable warm glow for days after we depart. Our events are designed to show how to responsibly integrate cannabis into civilized society without endangering children.

Even though our staff is all-volunteer, many are exceptionally well-trained and we have registered nurses and EMT’s among us. We are also trained in non-violent, non-confrontational security, and love sharing techniques with local law enforcement officers. Most of us have 30-years experience working with events of up to 30,000 people, and these include the Rainbow Family Gatherings and WHEE! festivals.

But we expect only between 500 and 1,000 attendees should you allow us to move forward with our ceremony in your town. The ceremony is free to attend, and I believe once word got into your community, some of your curious citizens might come check us out and have a very positive experience as a result. This is what happened at the Gant when people renting condos that week stumbled into our temple in operation. And yes, there was no smoking allowed in the temple.

We’d confine all cannabis use to an enclosed tent, and alcohol to an on-site licensed bar, and enforce wristbands for admission to these two separate areas. We are multicultural and respect all religions and attempt to harmonize them, embracing all, offending none.

Would you welcome our ceremony? Because we believe it is the antidote to the explosion of violence infecting society, and can prove it if given the chance.

If you don’t want us, let us know now and we’ll shift our plan in another direction. However, if the concept of a peace ceremony intrigues you, we’ll gladly jump through all hoops to fulfill any safety requirements.

Sincerely,

Steven Hager
Producer
Jason Gerry
Production Manager

Munchie Cup Opening Ceremonies

Munchie Cup Opening Address by Grandmaster Caz at the Gant, Aspen, Colorado at 4:20 PM, on August 18, 2014.

Man, I been smoking’ weed since they called it reefer. Since then I’ve learned the term cannabis sativa. And I’ve smoked more than Steve, Snoop and Queen Latifah… combined, so don’t pay me no mind, I’m high; but I’m here fresh off a ping of kush from my new friend Bret, the King of Kush. Judgin’ the first Munchies Cup out here in Aspen. This is another place I can say my ass been. Where I’m from you used to buy a bag of weed, and after you took out the sticks and seeds, you had about seven joints in a big bamboo. If you was smart you sold five and smoked two. That was back in the by we call the Boogie Down. When the majority of the weed we saw was brown. Sold in trey and nicklebags through a hole in the door. Lucky we ain’t gotta do that no more. Not here, ’cause we’re in Colorado getting’ Rocky Mountain High. They got the medicines in these plants that’ll get you by. And for those of us who smoke an’ ain’t sick, you know the reason why we’re Rocky Mountain High In Colorado; Rocky Mountain High in Colorado. I gotta thank Steven for flying’ me out with the wife and literally we’ve never been this high in our life. Not to mention the altitude when we came for the ride, nobody told us we were crossin’ the Continental Divide. But thanks to Jason our driver and guide, the sights were breathtaking and we made it alive. So to the Pot Illuminati and the Temple Dragons, let’s recruit the brethern onto the bandwagon. Cannabis for all smoke, oil, drinks or medibles, simple put my friends salute…

This shit is incredible.

 

Munchie Cup Goddesses by Alec Pearce

1779046_804156632946811_1930129350_nJackie from Amsterdam was High Priestess for the first Munchie Cup and also the one person who traveled the furthest (from Holland) to attend the event. Jackie is one of the most informed people on ganja in the Nederlands, as well as a medical patient herself, and grows some of the best grass in Amsterdam. She’s most famous for rolling the biggest, tastiest, pure joints around.

Immediately after Grandmaster Caz was announced as the High Priest for the ceremonies, Jackie sent a message to Munchie Cup founder Steve Hager asking who was going to be High Priestess, to which Hager replied: “You are!”

It’s no secret the Amsterdam pot scene is in decline, and many are now saying Spain might become the new center of cannabis tourism, but Abakus is betting Aspen will soon transform into the ultimate stoner vacation destination.

Since Jackie and I know each other well from Amsterdam, she wasn’t surprised to find me now in Colorado. “Like rats leaving the sinking ship,” she said.

DSC_3694AGrandmaster Caz may have been the Master of Ceremonies, but he arrived with his own Goddess, Cora, who became noticeably blissed-out on the Munchie Cup vibrations. “This is the best working vacation ever!” she exclaimed after a day in town. Caz and Cora are true hip hop royalty and we were certainly blessed to be able to connect with them in such an intimate and luxurious setting.

Speaking of which, a lavish free breakfast was served to all attendees every morning from 9 AM until noon, and at dusk every night, a rooftop party with free food and open bar was held that included free dab hits. And since there were only 13 judges, everyone got to know each other over the fours days many were in Aspen. In the end, though, only seven of the judges voted.

I don’t know if Caz and/or Cora filled out a ballot, but I do know they were both munching on the Hot Salty Nutz from Loves Oven frequently during the event. So it came as no surprise their favorite munchie at the event ended up winning one of the Munchie Cups.

Judging from their reaction, it’s safe to say the Munchie Cup is a good place for couples looking to get married or renew vows.

DSC_3976And speaking of Hot Salty Nutz, that was just one of many creations unveiled at the event masterminded by Hope, one of several chefs working for Loves Oven. After two days of testing medibles some judges were noticeably getting a bit foggy in stonerville simply because they could not stop eating the medibles. I don’t know why cannabis-infused food tastes so much better than un-dosed food, but we couldn’t find anyone who could take just one bite from any of the munchies entered at the Munchie Cup.

Loves Oven, by the way, is run by Peggy Moore, who has assembled quite a crew, so much so she was instantly dubbed the Pussy Galore of Pot by founder Steve Hager when she first arrived at the event with her Goddess team in tow because they looked like a crew straight out of some James Bond movie.

 

DSC_3761 Last but certainly not least, I’ve known Serena from Arizona for a dozen years and was certainly glad she was able to attend the event. The second she entered the Gant Convention Center, Serena was dubbed Munchie Girl by the Temple Dragon Crew guarding the ceremonial spaces. After being recruited into the Grand Lodge of the Pot Illuminati, she was given all the best Abakus gear.

Note the incredible rare and hard-to-find Pot Illumnati pin on the top of her Abakus cap? The debut cover of Abakus, as well as the Munchie Cup teeshirt, were both designed by Jeff Wood, one of the most talented rock poster artists of our time. Check out his website at http://www.drowningcreek.com

The Abakus gear will soon be available at http://www.abakusmagazine.com.

Munchie Cup Opening Address by Grandmaster Caz

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by Grandmaster Caz
The Gant, Aspen, Colorado
4:20 PM, August 18, 2014

Man, I been smoking’ weed since they called it reefer

Since then I’ve learned the term “cannabis sativa”

And I’ve smoked more than Steve, Snoop and Queen Latifah combined….

Don’t pay me no mind, I’m high; but I’m here fresh off a ping of kush from my new friend the King of Kush

Judgin’ the first Munchies Cup out here in Aspen

This is another place I can say my ass has been

Where I’m from you used to buy a bag of weed

And after you took out the sticks and seeds, you had about 7 joints in a big bamboo

If you was smart you sold five and smoked two

That was back in the by we call the Boogie Down

When the majority of the weed we saw was brown

Sold in trey and nicklebags through a hole in the door

Lucky we ain’t gotta do that no more

Not here. ‘Cause we’re in Colorado getting’ Rocky Mountain High

They got the medicines in these plants that’ll get you by

And for those of us who smoke an’ ain’t sick

You know the reason why

We’re Rocky Mountain High In Colorado (Aspen); Rocky Mountain High in Colorado

I gotta thank Steven for flying’ me out with the wife and literally we’ve never been this high in our life

Not to mention the altitude when we came for the ride

Nobody told us we were crossin’ the Continental Divide

But thanks to Jason our driver and guide the sights were breathtaking; We made it alive

So to the Pot Illuminati and the Temple Dragons, let’s recruit the brotherhood onto the bandwagon

Cannabis for all— smoke, oil, drinks or medibles

Simple put my friends salute…

This shit is incredible.

A new stoner style is here

1625731_10152220376783343_1986234147_nMeet Grandmaster Caz, one of the principle architects of Hip Hop, and also founding member of the Grand Lodge of the Pot Illuminati (PI). Like the rest of PI, Caz has a very elevated sense of style and fashion.

So when people ask me what to wear to the Munchie Cup ceremonies next month, I tell them to wear whatever they want, but they should know the Pot Illuminati dresses to the nines and can outshine just about anyone.

One of the greatest stylemasters of PI is Fred Brathwaite, also known as Fab Five Freddy (below). You seldom see Fred without a fully realized and color-coordinated outfit.

The last 30 years have seen a gradual rundown on stoner fashion until teeshirts, jeans and kicks took over everything, with everything getting bigger, wider, looser in the process. The thing that seems to have improved dramatically in quality are the baseball-style hats thanks to companies like Grassroots in Denver raising the bar.

brooklyn-street-art-Jaime-jaime-rojo-fav-five-freddy-LA-MOCA-arts-in-the-streetsHere’s a recent picture of Fab Five in front of a graffiti mural. Vests are very popular amongst the Pot Illuminati and an easy way to add class to any outfit. Dressing up for important ceremonies reminds me of two counterculture subcultures: the original vipers with their zoot suits, and the British mods, spearheaded by bands like The Who, who took Carnaby Street fashion to its zenith. A lot of the mods worked as messenger boys on their scooters by day, and many dressed better than the CEO’s who ran the companies they worked for. Some think the mod obsession with style was a result of an addiction to pep pills, as cannabis was not yet widely available, and pills were everywhere, as they are now.

imagesOf course, Steve DeAngelo, founder of Harborside is another great example of this trend toward more style in the cannabis community. I remember when Stevie D dressed in jeans and tees and hung out at Rainbow Gatherings, now you find him mostly in board rooms where he is the best-dressed man in the room. There’s a time and place for all fashion styles, and I’m glad Stevie’s leading the charge to a new more dignified look to go with the New Pot Enlightenment.

So come one, come all to the Abakus Munchie Cup in Aspen, August 18 and 19 at the exclusive Gant resort and convention center, with an Awards Show at Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s Owl Farm on August 20th. The expo and seminars are free to attend, but just because it’s free you don’t have to show up looking like a slob. In fact, if you want to blend in with the Pot Illuminati, you might take some style lessons from these masters.

My preferred look is closer to Carnaby Street as I like to blend in my garage rock sensibility from the 1960’s. There are a few others with similar tastes in PI, including one of NYC’s kings of garage, Dino Sorbello. Here’s our idea of a great look for a cannabis ceremony (below). Abakus plans to eventually release an entire line of high-end stoner fashions to help guide people into the new millennium. And by dressing up, you help give stoners a good name. And aren’t you looking for a velvet smoking jacket with a PI symbol on the breast?

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