High Times, August 2014 October 20 2014
Chris Hageseth, the chief operations officer of Green Man Cannabis, currently runs two medical dispensaries in Denver, both of which will off recreational sales by summer- time. A third recreational and medical shop is set to open soon in Frisco, a ski-country town. With master grower Corey at his side, Chris is determined to take the cannabis scene by storm: Green Man strains have won multiple awards, including the 2012 Denver Medical Cannabis Cup for Best Hybrid, andthis year’s prize for top U.S. Sativa . But Green Man’s biggest dreams rest in what Chris calls “the Weedery” (based on the concept of a winery). Ground is being broken this summer on a $25 million facility that will encompass cultivation, education and entertainment. “As we all know, cannabis and music go together,” Chris explains. “But I want to demystify marijuana.” To that end, the Weedery will house a grow facility open to the public for tours, a museum-like educational space featuring artifacts from America’s cannabis industry, and a 5,000-seat amphitheater for outdoor concerts.
On Sunday evening at Denver Mart, the Cannabis Cup awards ceremony got underway, with Colorado’s cannabis industry awaiting the announcement of the winners in rapt anticipation. The Green Solution, among the most promi- nent of Denver’s dispensary chains, were the big winners, walking away with two People’s Choice Cups (for hash and flow- ers) as well as three third-place finishes (for U.S. Indica , U.S. Sativa and Medical Hybrid). Previous winners like The Clinic grabbed the Cup for Best U.S. Concen- trate, while Green Man Cannabis picked up top honors for Best U.S. Sativa . (Incidentally, Green Man’s cultivation director, Corey, now has four Cannabis Cups to show for his work.) Cloud Penz won two awards, for Best Vaporizer and Best Booth, while Hitman Glass earned a well-deserved top prize for Best Glass.
No one knows what the future holds for legalization nationwide. But if Colorado’s example is any indication—allowing responsible adults to use a healing plant without fear of harassment, and reaping ample economic benefits by doing so perhaps the cannabis community can at least partially fulfill America’s promise of liberty for all.