Cannabis Meets Art at Happy Munkey’s Immersive Van Gogh Party in NY

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“We’re the prime example of legacy to legal,” says a clearly proud Vladimir Bautista. “We are the heart and voice of cannabis culture in New York.”  The Happy Munkey co-founder and Harlem native is speaking at Pier 36, the Lower Manhattan gallery and performance space that has hosted acclaimed events this summer. The current showcase is the very cyber-chic Immersive Van Gogh, a presentation that brings the artist’s creations to life with moving projected images on walls, floors and ceilings.  The two Happy Munkey After Hours parties, on Aug. 11 and 18, signaled a coming-of-age for what has been an underground scene in New York. It was also a kind of cross-fertilization between New Amsterdam and Old Amsterdam.  Happy Munkey’s origins lie in a trip the group’s other co-founder, Ramon Reyes of Washington Heights, made to the Dutch city that happens to host the Van Gogh Museum. The sight of people openly getting high at the cannabis cafes blew his mind. Reyes, who was already a veteran illicit-market cannabis dealer, recalls: “I thought, we need this sh*t back here in New York!”The following year, 2017, Happy Munkey was incorporated as a media and merchandise brand, registered in New York and New Jersey. Somewhat below the radar, they were also hosting “smoke-easy” gatherings, where aficionados of the herb could gather in a safe, friendly and non-judgmental space.  With the passage of New York state’s Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) this spring, Happy Munkey saw the moment had arrived for above-ground “consumption lounges.” At the Pier 36 affairs, smoking and vaping was permitted (and encouraged) on the riverfront balcony—although not in the indoor parts of the premises. As licensed sales of adult-use cannabis have not yet begun in New York, the event was officially BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis). Schwag bags, however, included such goodies as CBD-infused chocolates. Happy…

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