High Times Magazine staff have acted swiftly and already found a new home for this year’s annual April 20 (4/20) Cannabis Cup Celebration in Colorado — Pueblo.
The Southern Colorado city has stepped in to save the day and will reportedly host the event from April 16 through April 20 at a family owned outdoor entertainment venue called “The Yard” just miles outside of Pueblo.
According to a statement from Pueblo County, “Pueblo County Planning & Development Department received a Special Event Permit application by Tommy G Productions for an event beginning on April 16, 2016 and ending on April 20, 2016. On Monday, February 22, 2016, when the Pueblo County Planning & Development Office learned that Tommy G Productions was not the event promoter, P&D asked that the application be revised and portions of the application be re-submitted by the true applicant High Times.”
After Adams County officials denied High Times a permit to host the company’s annual 4/20 Cannabis Cup celebration at the Denver Mart (the site of the last two years’ Cups), organizers from the media giant had to act swiftly. While not the most convenient location, Pueblo has a reputation as very cannabis friendly and is home to many marijuana grows and businesses.
Located 114 miles south of Denver, Colorado, the new location means a longer trek for many industry figures that call Denver home. Considering the event’s annual massive attendance and vitality to the industry, it is likely the event will still draw 30,000+ visitors in two months time.
The Yard is owned and operated by the Giodone family, who also own the Best Budz dispensary, which is not so coincidentally also located on The Yard’s site.
Hopeful attendees can begin purchasing tickets through the Cannabis Cup website in the coming weeks.
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Cannabis users in Washington State have one less thing to look forward to this summer. High Times magazine has run into some trouble getting approval for their annual U.S. Cannabis Cup in Washington this year. Due to the stipulation that legal marijuana must be regulated and controlled by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the event may not be occurring in the Evergreen State moving forward.
In the past, High Times was able to use medical marijuana regulations to more easily gain venue approval for the Cannabis Cup. Today, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is standing by wording in Initiative 502 that states that the substance cannot be used in public, which has made it impossible for High Times to hold their event in Seattle this year. In an email to Seattle PI, a state board representative explained:
“The law states that you cannot consume marijuana in public, and these events are, by definition, open to the public.”
Adding more confusion to the pot are a series of catch-22s that make it nearly impossible for organizations like High Times to establish cannabis-related events in Washington. For example, having a liquor license, even with no alcohol on site, automatically disqualifies marijuana use on the premises. Moreover, the law also restricts the selling and sampling of cannabis to licensed stores, and further complicates things by not allowing it to be consumed where it is being sold.
It is precisely because of this bureaucratic labyrinth established by Washington law in conjunction with the Washington State Liquor Control Board that High Times decided has to cancel its upcoming Cannabis Cup event in Seattle. David Skye, editor-in-chief of High Times reported,
“It got to the point where we cannot find a venue in Washington that will do it so we decided to go elsewhere…as far as I can see the politicians and bureaucrats are completely screwing up your marijuana program there.”
In the end, unless lawmakers have the drive to amend the law so public use of cannabis can be allowed under situations where alcohol, for example, could be sampled and consumed, High Times and other like organizations may have to move their events on to greener pastures.
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As attendees eagerly approached the venue of one of the most iconic cannabis events, High Times Cannabis Cup Amsterdam today they were surprised to find those doors locked and to be turned away.
The mayor’s office apparently had issues with the event and was threatening to arrest those ignoring its warning, organizers said. “This morning we were informed that if were to proceed with the Cannabis Cup Expo the event would be shut down and all participants would be arrested,” High Times stated early today.
Below you can see a representative for the event calmly talking to frustrated attendees about the situation.
It’s important note that the entire event is not canceled, just off for today. High Times is encouraging people to hang out at the local coffee shops and refer to the High Times website for further updates.
As noted in the Cannabist,
“We want everyone to know that seminars will continue as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday at the Melkweg. We will announce the location of Wednesday’s and Thursday’s seminars in the next 24 hours. Concerts and the Cannabis Cup awards show remain scheduled.”
Elaborating on the hassle it has caused sponsors and vendors.
“We want everyone to know that we would never have allowed vendors to set up, nor would we have had opened the doors to the Expo without assurances from the Mayor’s office that we were under compliance.”
In lieu of the new events High Times has set forth the following rules for the event moving forward.
1. Expo attendees and those working the booths will only be allowed up to 5 grams of personal cannabis or hash.
2. Security will be on hand to search bags and back bags and will confiscate amounts over the 5 grams.
3. Solvent-based cannabis extracts are not legal under Dutch law. You will not be allowed to bring shatter, wax or torches into the Expo.
4. Vendors are not allowed to distribute or share cannabis or cannabis-related products with the attendees. The mayor’s office is strictly enforcing this NO cannabis distribution law — to smoke at the Expo you will need to bring your own.
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After the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, the state will now host one of the seven yearly Cannabis Cups produced by High Times Magazine.
Editor in Chief of High Times, Dan Skye told KGW News, “It’s a chance for the public to see all these new businesses and check out some of the cannabis merchandise.” Along with the transparency that the event gives to the industry, the event also presents a tremendous economic opportunity for the city of 600,000. Last year, Denver’s newly recreationalized Cannabis Cup drew 500 vendors and 40,000 attendees.
The Cup will undoubtedly take strict precautions in order to maintain safety and legality. Skye said “We follow the rules rigorously. We are very up-front about what we are doing here. The fact is, it is legal. Everybody should get used to that. If you look at the evidence in Colorado there is no damage to the so-called social fabric.”
Portland’s Cannabis Cup will take place in July of 2015 and will feature educational seminars and big-time musical talent. Event details including location have yet to be released. We’ll post updates as more information becomes available.
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