The Big Lebongski Heist: Cannabis Industry Bowling League Trophy Stolen

A California cannabis industry bowling tournament will earn $4.20 a strike for cannabis charities this weekend. But their trophy was stolen.

The Big Lebongski Touring Bowling Tournament series trophy was stolen, in a scenario eerily similar to the rug heist in The Big Lebowski.  A police report was filed with the Mission Hills California police department.

The California-touring The Big Lebongski Bowling Tournament series, presented by Supreme Organics, takes place 9 p.m. December 17 at Bowlero Mar Vista in Los Angeles. Bowlers will have the opportunity to raise money for CannaKids and Marine Qweens, earning $4.20 a strike and half as much for a spare.

 The trophy was stolen from the trunk of a vehicle under the cloak of night. Gary “Spacey” Lane, tournament commissioner, said “It’s a terrible feeling to find one’s car ransacked. But when I discovered that The Big Lebongski was swiped, it was like experiencing an ultimate buzz kill.”

A reward is being offered for the trophy. Michael Hurt, CEO of tournament sponsor Supreme Organics, said “We will give anyone who provides information that leads to the safe return of the relic a year-long supply of Supreme Organics products — as long, of course, the individual possesses a valid California doctor’s recommendation.

“Considering that its coolness factor is off the charts, it’s highly likely that The Big Lebongski will turn up at someone’s toking table somewhere sometime soon.  The good news  – at least we haven’t received a bloodied, severed pinky toe with a ransom note,” Hurt said.

Anyone who has information can contact the company via Instagram: @supremeorganics.   

The trophy designer, Jim Embrescia (left) and Gary Lane (right) with The Big Lebongski trophy.

The Big Lebongski was crafted by Jim Embescia from Los Angeles Glassblowing.  The trophy/bong is a see-through, glass-blown, bowling pin replica standing 15 inches tall and weighing approximately sixteen pounds.

The Big Lebongski trophy is envied as much as The Stanley Cup, Lane said. In year two, it was won by a team called Girl Scout OGs, after a popular strain.

This is year three for the cannabis industry bowling leagues and the first for The Big Lebongski Tournament. It’s also the first time they’ve bowled for charity.

California-based charity CannaKids supplies CBD oil to adults and kids, specializing in pediatric cancer, autism and epilepsy. “We are so appreciative to this incredible organization for their generosity towards our patients,” said Tracy Ryan, CannaKids CEO. “So many families suffer extreme financial hardships when their child is stricken with disease, and it’s events like this that allow us to continue to provide free medicine to those in need.”

Marine Qweenz is an organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and inspire those suffering from the residuals of serving in the military. In November, Marine Qweenz held a cannabis veterans ball.

The upcoming tournament’s winning team will claim The Little Lebongski bowling trophy plus each team member scores a nifty bowling pin pipe. The victorious squad is also invited to The Big Lebongski Tournament of Champions on April 22 in Burbank, California – where the grand championship team gets to take home The Big Lebongski trophy.

We will be giving away The Little Lebongski trophy tomorrow night, as well as for other local tournaments.  The Big Lebongski doesn’t get awarded until the 4/20 weekend in 2018 so we do have some time to find it.  If it doesn’t turn up by then, we may have to commission another to be made,” Lane said.

Current Tournament of Champions invitees include local champions from Burbank (, San Diego (The Biff Spliffs), San Francisco (Top Shelf Express Delivery), Sacramento (Pure Life Collective) and Orange County (Green Goddess Collective).


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