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World’s longest joint on cannabis festival agenda in Kitchener

KITCHENER — Thousands of tokers are expected at the Ontario Cannabis Festival where organizers hope to roll the longest joint in the world.

Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, at Bingemans, the spokesperson for the event says this will be the first festival of its kind in the province.

Tony Millar is a familiar face for many cannabis users in Waterloo Region. For years he organized the 4-20 events in front of Kitchener City Hall — the annual protests held April 20 around North America in support of marijuana legalization.

After legalization finally happened last fall, Millar started planning a big festival with several live bands, food trucks, workshops and a call for volunteers to roll the longest joint in the world.

“We are definitely excited to celebrate it in a legal way, it will be a big one,” said Millar.

Advanced ticket sales are strong, he said. The festival website indicates early-bird tickets have sold out, advance general admission is $39.55, and tickets at the gate will cost $50.85. There is also a VIP option for $90.

The only downer so far is that Guinness World Records declined an invitation to attend and witness the rolling of the world’s longest joint.

“Major bummer,” said Millar.

In December 2017, a group in Worcester, Mass., called Beantown Greentown, rolled a joint that was more than 32 metres — 106 feet — long. Millar is aiming for the 110-foot mark at the Ontario Cannabis Festival. Volunteers will be asked to donate bud, and roll a section. Millar says seven grams of cannabis can be rolled into a two-foot long joint.

“Everyone rolls their area, and then we connect it all together to make one, long joint,” says Millar.

Born and raised in Kitchener, Millar moved to Toronto about four months ago to work for Detonate Cannabis, a print and design agency. It does everything from compliant labels for packaging, point-of-purchase displays for retailers and trade show booths.

While it is legal to buy marijuana from the Ontario Cannabis Store and designated retail shops, there are no public gathering places such as cafés where users can smoke and consume cannabis, while swapping recipes and stories about using weed.

“There is no real public outlet for the cannabis community right now,” said Millar. “Now that it is legal we really wanted to go big, we really want to do this as an annual thing.”

Workshops will be held at the festival on making cannabis oil, cannabis butter and cooking with cannabis. Jacqui Childs, a Stoney Creek-based social media influencer, will be at the festival talking about how she used CBD oils to treat her symptoms for anxiety, depression and Crohn’s disease.

“I was using and abusing my pharmaceuticals, I was on about nine pills a day,” said Childs.

Within six weeks of starting to use CBD oil and cannabis tinctures she says she was much better. That was about four years ago.

“I am a 46-year-old and I am using it for health and wellness reasons, that’s why I started,” said Childs, who has huge followings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“It has definitely changed my life for the better,” said Childs.

Thousands expected at Bingemans in September for one-day celebration of marijuana

This $24,000 Joint Is The World’s Most Expensive Ever Rolled

The world’s most expensive joint weighs in at 1.5 pounds and measures 30 inches long.

Courtesy: Stone Road Farms

Stone Road Farms, a Los Angeles-based cannabis startup specializing in organic pre-rolled joints and hand-crafted concentrates, hosted an exclusive, one-night only benefit on Thursday celebrating the company’s new compliance status in California. It was a picture-perfect pot party, but a custom joint valued at $24,000 that was commissioned for the soirée’s auction has stolen the spotlight.

Held at Fig Earth Supply, an organic nursery in Downtown Los Angeles, the evening included vegan bites, cocktails, a joint-making bar and private performance from Gabriel Garzón Montano—all in support of the African Wildlife Foundation. Stone Road Farms founder Lex Corwin also toasted to the 11 dispensaries across the state now stocking their Grass Valley, Calif.-grown strains hand-rolled in clean-burning plant cellulose paper imported from France and packaged in gorgeous glass tubes.

With a background in real estate development, Corwin entered the cannabis industry in 2017 to launch the luxury line and has also had a lifelong obsession with elephants thanks to his family, who has worked with the conservation organization since his childhood.

“Beyond throwing a party to celebrate our expansion, I wanted to incorporate a social cause element, so I decided to create a joint in the shape of a giant elephant tusk to signify the detrimental toll the ivory trade takes on wild elephants,” says Corwin.

After first inquiring with a Hollywood prop designer, who was unable to execute the masterpiece of marijuana for him, Corwin enlisted Weavers, a world-famous joint roller and artist, for the ambitious project. The process took more than two weeks to complete using one pound of Stone Road Farms’ ground cannabis and bubble hash (a refined hashish that bubbles when smoked) mixed with Team Elite Genetics’ award-winning flower and six ounces of Soilgrown Solventless concentrate (extract from the plant)—all wrapped with a blunt paper base topped with three layers of 24-karat gold Shine rolling papers.

2 Chainz has made headlines for his high-rolling habits in a video series for GQ, once embarking on a mission to smoke the most expensive joint in the world with Dr. Dina back in 2015, but it doesn’t come close to the tusk. Weavers already holds the record for the world’s largest blunt, in the form of a five-pound rocket launcher and Corwin claims that his latest creation is the world’s most expensive joint.

In total, the completely smokable joint weighs in at 1.5 pounds and measures 30 inches long , which Corwin says will be “a multi-day endeavor.” Among the invite-only crowd of 150 guests, it was ultimately auctioned off for $4,000 to one of Stone Road Farms’ original investors.

And while the winning bid didn’t exceed it’s actual value, Corwin is happy that it’s “staying in the family” and says, “ I’m just honored to be donating the proceeds of this event to support AWF’s important work to stop elephant poaching and end the horrific practice of trafficking ivory and other wildlife parts from threatened species. Tusks belong on live, healthy wild elephants and nowhere else.”

Katie Shapiro is an Aspen-based cannabis journalist. Follow her on Twitter @kshapiromedia.

Stone Road Farms commissioned a smokable elephant tusk for an auction benefiting the African Wildlife Foundation.