You walk up to a bland-looking Wheel of Fortune type wheel, where a large gentleman asks if you would like to spin for a prize. So you do, and you end up winning a voucher for a $25 gram of hash -- at which point you're asked, "Would you like to come up for a dab?" You then walk up a couple of stairs, past a stoner couple making eyes at each other, and sit at a card table in front of two beautiful ladies offering a hit of hashberry.
No, this isn't some sort of futuristic game show or even a dream. It's 710 in Denver.
Some background for the uninitiated: 710 -- which looks like "OIL" upside down -- is a hash holiday. And the big day was marked this July 10 during Top Shelf Extract's Dabs of Denver event at the Oriental Theater. The Denver Relief booth referred to above was one of many offering free samples.
Dabs of Denver was a lot like a wine-tasting event, but instead of Pinots and Reislings, there were OGs and hazes. And in place of dull old white guys in khakis, there were new-age hippies in T-shirts strolling around with slitted eyes.
"This is officially the first-ever 710 party," evening headliner Task Rok said just before the 7:10 p.m. smoke up, when he took a giant half-gram dab on stage.
"710, as far as I know, is three years old," he continued, "but this is the first time a group of people have celebrated. You guys are making history."
Fifteen-plus tables of dabbers gathered around the theater, forming makeshift lines in order to grab a seat. Once seated, attendees were offered a dab of whatever variety of oil the booth had left -- and people who seemed eager enough would sometimes get two. Continue for the rest of the event and more pictures. The event took place from 4 p.m. to midnight, and while the temperature inside was unbearable at times, the venue allowed re-entry.
This policy gave hundreds of stoners the chance to enjoy over ten different dabbing stations and still go outside to beat the heat.
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Along with the dab stations, Dabs featured a variety of glass blowers and music from DJs spinning hip-hop and EDM, plus pot-culture hip-hop artist Rok and live rock bands.
Some of the dab booths also had activities to enjoy once thoroughly baked. The Stixx and At Home Baked area (which is where I smoked the only water-extract of the night) had an old-school tube-TV setup with over 500 video games to play, and the Top Shelf Extract table boasted paintings that people could (temporarily) draw on using a laser pointer. "It's just awesome to be able to come out and get high legally with a crowd of like-minded people," event-goer Luke Bryant said. "Plus, 710 is the new 420, and it's for a good cause, so I couldn't not go."
As Bryant noted, the smoke-out was not just a place to get high. It was also a fundraiser that reportedly raised thousands of dollars for disabled American veterans over 21. And for many, it was a pre-party for the 710 Cup, which takes place this weekend.
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