4:20 PM- HIGH ON THE AIR
Callum Francis officially opened the Cannabis Cup with a live HIGH ON THE AIR radio broadcast in the judge's lounge. A packed house of fresh arrivals gathered at the Pax Party House to celebrate the time-honored tradition of 420 while listening to Callum banter with HT cover model Nicole, Pot Star, Michka, and completely dazed members of the studio audience.
Upstairs the vendors worked their booths, pushing products that promise to clean your bong, clear your air, or clog your mind. The Cannabis Cup is partly a trade show from a wonderful parallel universe, and partly a community of good friends, many who only get to see each other just this one time a year. The theme is the Peace Cup, which coincides with an appropriate moment in history to reflect on the compassion that most people experience through cannabis. And also the social function of the plant -- all the good friends and interesting people I've met while sharing a joint. Friendship and compassion, it seems to me, will always pave the path to peace.
MIDNIGHT -- DE LA SOUL
De La Soul took it old-school for a packed and smoky crowd on opening night at the Melkweg, including copious cuts from their 1989 album, Three Feet High and Rising. The headliners capped a long night of entertainment that featured reggae from the Cannabis Cup Band and the world premiere of our coffeeshop-strains film.
Midnight marked the end of a long day, so I treated myself to a cone-shaped European spliff -- a gift from one of the growers I interviewed during the video project. Two solid tokes, and I was lifted out of fatigue, and into the pulsing music.