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.
Photo Credit: Hightimes