Smoke Signals hosted the second annual Indigenous Cannabis Cup about an hour and a half east of Toronto on Mohawk Territory. Being Mohawk Territory the individuals who live there self govern themselves and have made their own legal cannabis dispensaries. These dispensaries are easy to spot with their signage and some even having billboards at the side of the road.
There were three or four dispensaries all around each other with Smoke Signals being the one organizing the Indigenous Cannabis Cup. Besides the dispensaries as I pulled up, I noticed the long line of cars parked up and down the road for the cup.
The Indigenous Cannabis Cup ran four days from Friday May 31st – Monday June 3rd. The event offered camping space with a number of people taking them up on this offer bringing tents, RV’s and trailers. We took the luxurious route and split an Airbnb with some friends.
The tickets were $25 for day passes, $75 for a weekend pass (that included access to the headlining musical acts at night, and $200 for a VIP ticket, which included a judges kit along with the concerts. We attended the cup on Saturday and the number of vendors I hadn’t seen before was a pleasant surprise. About half the vendors were new to me, and about half I had seen before.
We spotted Val and Matt, the creators of the Shatterizer, a portable vape that can handle any pure/full melt concentrates. You can put wax, shatter, distillate, cbd in it, set the temperature and get perfect coulds! I’m a big fan of using my own homegrown bud that’s been squished into rosin courtesy of Dabberman in my device. The team at Shatterizer have been working on some new creations, mainly a collaboration with a US based company. Keep an eye on the Shatterizer Instagram page and there will be a big announcement coming out soon!
We also caught up with our friends, Eliza and Garnet, from Cannabis Living Expo who are hosting their conference September 28th & 29th at the International Centre in Toronto. They mentioned signing up some major companies and are just waiting for the right time to announce everything. Stay posted to the Cannabis Living Expo Instagram and website for more information.
As we walking through the Indigenous Cannabis Cup it was great to see Sublimator and Left Coast Gummy Co. as they aren’t always able to make it to Toronto events. Left Coast now offers two different sizes and doses of their gummies. We also saw Biggy Bigg Bud with a booth. It was cool to see Beard Brother’s as I believe they were last at Karma Cup 2016. One of the new companies I hadn’t seen before was Prism, a seed company we bought some Bruce Banner regular seeds from. We also stopped by the HighLands Cannabis booth that was showing us their various concentrates and gave us a sample of Crystal Gelato to check out.
The event was very relaxed as people slowly made their way through. Companies took their time and explained the products they offered, with a lot of them offering edible and concentrate samples. As we worked our way around, some extremely purple bud and keif at one booth caught our eye. I was amazed with how purple the genetic was. Another booth had what seemed like endless blocks of different types of hash, I had never seen anything like it. The hash was between $12 and $20/gram.
If you wanted a change of pace from the vendors, there was a large stage set up with live music going through out the day. At night the stage was filled with bigger names like Naughty by Nature. There were lots of vendors with food for those hungry and some educational workshops for those looking to learn. Our friend, and Dankr contributor, Debi Canna led workshops on cannabis and essential oil blending on Saturday and Sunday.
The Indigenous Cannabis Cup wrapped up on Monday with an award ceremony to honour the winning competitors and present them their trophies. As we were leaving the cup we poked our head inside the Smoke Signals dispensary to see the clean interior and beautifully displayed products.
Thank you very much to everyone at Smoke Signals and Mohawk Territory for organizing this wonderful event and inviting us onto their land. I had a great time at the cup and am looking forward to the third Indigenous Cannabis Cup.
The drive back to Toronto didn’t take long with it not being rush hour. If you plan your travel times correctly you can totally drive out for the day if you don’t want or can’t stay the night.