As absolutely ridiculous as it sounds, Competitive Joint Rolling has become a real thing. Not only has it become a thing, but also a job for some of the masters of this new and emerging….art form? I was so baffled the first time I heard about its existence, but upon doing some research found that not only is it a real thing, but also a pretty awesome thing at that. I initially contacted the man considered the Best Joint Roller in the World for an Art Attack News! episode, but the more I researched, the moreObscure I found this unbelievable entity — Competitive Joint Rolling — to be, so here we are.
When thinking about cannabis, we think about legalization, medical use, and all the studies that are being done, but I find the most fun conversations to be about our own memories. Reminiscing about my own MacGyver days, I recall all the bowls and bongs I’ve made from bits of this and that, having never really imagined joints or blunts as medium to use. As far as joints go, you just roll ’em, light ’em, smoke ’em; right?
As it turns out, there is a whole generation that takes a different stance, with a MacGyver‘s style all their own. Turning joint papers and blunts into some of the most artistic doobies you could ever imagine, pioneers like Tony Greenhand, ValleyRec420, and a few others created The National Joint League. It’s relatively new, and is continuing to flourish via its own Instagram account –@national_joint_league– and its hashtag –#NationalJointLeague. The league now even has its own website –TheNationalJointLeague.com.
So, like me, I’m sure you have some questions popping around in your head.
1. Is this legal?
2. How is this legal?
4. Where do I send my application?
Well, don’t quit your job quite yet, because this isn’t you regular nine to five. This competition started as more of a joke between friends, and rapidly grew into a nation of followers and participants. Rolled up nicely, the competition works simply by having users upload photographs of their joint so that other users can vote — via likes — for a winner. It’s not about how many joints you can roll, but about what you can create. However, simply getting the most votes won’t get you paid.
There’s more to turning this new form of competition into a job than meets the eye. The competition itself is purely used as a marketing tool to find prospective buyers. When a connoisseur of sorts — who just happens to have a large bank account — see’s one of these pictures of a crafted joint he/she knows exactly who to contact to get one rolled for them. In this new and emerging world, Tony Greenhand is considered the best; your go-to-guy for sculpted spliffs.
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