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Mile High Kush Expo report: more schwag than dank (PHOTOS)

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Kush Expo billed itself as "Denver's best Medical Marijuana Expo" and promised hundreds of booths and thousands of giveaways for $20 a day. Maybe I missed something, because the Kush Expo I attended on Saturday seemingly had none of those things. (See photos from Kush Expo here.)

Instead, the tiny event couldn't have had more than 75 booths set up and a few hundred attendees. Several of the booths were empty and the vendors on hand were generally the same folks you've seen at any of the other cannabis festivals that have popped up over the last few years. There were the gimmicky grow light salesmen, cheap bong outlets and plenty of clothing shops selling stonerware. Steve Horowitz from Ganja Gourmet had a small cooking demo set up, but I never saw anyone in the seats watching him. DirecTV also had a booth set up, no doubt trying to capitalize on the stoner stereotype that we all get high on our couch and watch TV for hours.

A few dispensaries had booths, several with games or raffles for discount coupons. There wasn't any herb displayed on site, though -- and you never know how good or bad the shops products are from talk and photos. I was also surprised at how few coupons dispensaries were handing out and the lack of freebies in general.

Those issues aside, the event was destined to be a flop when compared to the (completely unrelated) KushCon II last December and the High Times Cannabis Cup a few months ago. The former packed the entire convention center with booths full of people offering freebies and the latter allowed shops to display their herb and even gave attendees a medication lounge to puff in.

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William Breathes
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