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It smells good in here: High Times Medical Cannabis Cup this weekend

This will be a weekend to remember, though I doubt I'll remember much of it.

The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup is at the Exdo Event Center this weekend. If you have trouble finding it, look for the rising cloud of deliciously fragrant smoke northeast of downtown.

The High Times Cannabis Cup is a celebration of the plant itself, unlike KushCon II held last December, which featured all things ganja-related except the ganja. This is the second time the long-running pot mag, which is known for its annual Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, has held a cannabis contest in the States. The first was in San Francisco last June and was a huge success, judging from what High Times editor Dan Skye told Michael Roberts two weeks ago.

Doors open at noon each day, with seminars going nonstop on topics ranging from medical issues (featuring local activist and frequent Westword commenter Robert Chase) on Saturday to a legal panel with attorneys Rob Correy and Warren Edson, activist Mason Tvert and Dan Hartman, director of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division for Colorado. Stoney rapper Kid Cudi is closing out the night.

It smells good in here: High Times Medical Cannabis Cup this weekend

But again, this event is all about the ganja. There are entries from 79 shops and medical marijuana-infused product manufacturers. In total, there are 46 mellowing indicas, 36 speedy sativas, 50 hybrids, 26 types of hash and 25 edibles competing for the win. Vendor booths will be set up inside and out back (wink, wink) where dispensaries will be showing off their entries.

So far the judging methods have been kept pretty hush hush. The only info High Times has given out is that "The HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cups will be awarded by a panel of independent experts based on extensive sampling in a blind tasting". Winners will be announced Sunday night at 7 p.m.

It smells good in here: High Times Medical Cannabis Cup this weekend
High Times

And while there are grumblings in the pot community about how this doesn't really represent the caregivers of Colorado, I am pumped to see some world-class ganja on display this weekend. High Times cultivation editor Nico Escondido (also a speaker this weekend) has assured me it will be "everything you can imagine... and more."

Tickets for the event are still on sale: $100 gets you a two-day VIP pass that includes tickets to stoner rapper Kid Cudi's show at Cluster Studios on Saturday night.

Check out all of the official entries here, and page down for links to William Breathes' reviews of sixteen of the entering shops.

I've made my way into several of the shops over the last year or so. Some were better than others, and I'm excited to see which places have been able to keep up the quality and which places (hopefully) have improved. Here are their 2011 Cannabis Cup entries:

14er Holistics

Concentrate - Lemon Skunk Sub Critical Oil

Hybrid - Accidental Magic

Indica - Boo Berry

Sativa - Lemon Skunk

Edible - Honey Hash Syringe

It smells good in here: High Times Medical Cannabis Cup this weekend

A Cut Above

Hybrid - White Dawg

Indica - Bubba #6

Sativa - Super Silver Haze

Delta 9 Alternative Medicine

Hybrid - Bruce Banner #3

Denver Relief

Edible - Subcritical Lollipop

Hybrid - Bio Diesel

Sativa - Blue Dream

Ganja Gourmet

Edible - New York Almond Horn

Wholesale Edible - White Rabbit

It smells good in here: High Times Medical Cannabis Cup this weekend

Good Chemistry

Concentrate - Ingrid Bubble Hash

Edible - Mountain Medical Blueberry Pie Bars

Hybrid - Sour Diesel

Indica - Ingrid

Sativa - Blue Dream

Higher Health Medical LLC

Hybrid - Sour Diesel

Indica - White Rhino

Highland Health (same owners/growers as The Cherry Co.)

Concentrate - Skywalker OG Solvent-less Wax

Hybrid - Banana Kush

Indica - Chem Dawg

Sativa - Durban Poison

Local Product of Colorado

Hybrid - Blood Diamond by Crude

Indica - Double Bubble Berry

It smells good in here: High Times Medical Cannabis Cup this weekend

Southwest Alternative Care

Sativa - OG Ghosttrain Haze

The Clinic on Colfax

Concentrate - Grape God Jelly Hash

Edible - Chocolate Tort

Hybrid - XXX Diesel

Indica - Grape God

Sativa - Super Lemon Haze

The Denver Kush Club

Edible - Red Velvet Space Cake

Hybrid - Blue Diesel

The Farm / Skinny Pineapple

Sativa - Alpha Blue

The Grasshopper Alternative Medicine

Sativa - Cinderella Haze

It smells good in here: High Times Medical Cannabis Cup this weekend

The Green Room

Hybrid - Jack Flash

Indica - Bubba Kush

Sativa - Hash Plant Haze

The Greenest Green

Concentrate - Lemon G-13 Hash Oil

Hybrid - Ghost OG Moonshine #6

Indica - Skywalker OG

Sativa - Sweet Sweet

Read all of William Breathes' reviews of local dispensaries on Mile High and Lows.


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