"How does a Cannabis Cup-winning ganjapreneur celebrate the morning after winning two first-place trophies? By drinking his coffee and eating his Cheerios directly from the shiny, new Cannabis Cups, of course."
"Colorado legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational use in 2012. But as Hageseth tells Business Insider, 'We are still an unwelcome business on the federal level....It's illegal for a bank to take my money. It's just like they were taking El Chapo Guzman's money or Scarface's money. I am treated like any other drug dealer.'"
"Green Man Cannabis’s Denver South location is representative of the future direction of the industry – clean, bright, super-modern stores, with an eye towards locations that provide close proximity to weekly shopping trip stops. The store is within easy stopping distance from four different grocery stores, including Whole Foods, a Target Superstore, a Safeway, and a King Soopers (Kroger’s banner in Colorado). In fact, you can see the Whole Foods from the retail location’s parking lot."
"While many consider the Cannabis Cup to be more of a shit show than an award show at this point, I still look forward to the judge's annual selections for the top strains in Colorado and seek them out afterward to try for myself. Sure, some people say the awards are bought, but in the years High Times have been coming to Colorado, I have never been disappointed with the choices. Tops on that list this year were the Ghost Train Haze and Starkiller from Green Man Cannabis – a shop that has been known for consistently turning out top-quality, caregiver-level cannabis for years now."
"Everyone brought their best to the 2015 HIGH TIMES U.S. Cannabis Cup in Denver presented by MMJ America, Keef Cola and HighThere! The competition was fierce across all of the categories represented, but ultimately the judges voted for these fine entries. Here's the complete list of winners."
"The destination is the vision of Christian Hageseth, author of the book 'Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business' and founder of the marijuana brand Green Man Cannabis, which has two locations in Denver."
"I have been growing legal weed on a big scale for nearly six years. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in that time. Mistakes that cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars, mistakes that have caused the loss of entire crops, and lots of mistakes that have turned out sub-par pot. At the same time, however, I also learned to grow the best weed in the world. Don’t believe me? Well … I won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2012, I won the U.S. Cannabis Cup in 2014 and have won another dozen first-place trophies in various competitions."
"In Denver, more than 60,000 people gathered to listen to music and party for 420 Day -- the day to celebrate all things pot. Barry Petersen reports on the festivities and the award for the best marijuana in the U.S."