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 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.
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.
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:
Concentrate - Lemon Skunk Sub Critical Oil
Hybrid - Accidental Magic
Indica - Boo Berry
Sativa - Lemon Skunk
Edible - Honey Hash Syringe
Hybrid - White Dawg
Indica - Bubba #6
Sativa - Super Silver Haze
Hybrid - Bruce Banner #3
Edible - Subcritical Lollipop
Hybrid - Bio Diesel
Sativa - Blue Dream
Edible - New York Almond Horn
Wholesale Edible - White Rabbit
Concentrate - Ingrid Bubble Hash
Edible - Mountain Medical Blueberry Pie Bars
Hybrid - Sour Diesel
Indica - Ingrid
Sativa - Blue Dream
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
Hybrid - Blood Diamond by Crude
Indica - Double Bubble Berry
Sativa - OG Ghosttrain Haze
Concentrate - Grape God Jelly Hash
Edible - Chocolate Tort
Hybrid - XXX Diesel
Indica - Grape God
Sativa - Super Lemon Haze
Edible - Red Velvet Space Cake
Hybrid - Blue Diesel
Sativa - Alpha Blue
Sativa - Cinderella Haze
Hybrid - Jack Flash
Indica - Bubba Kush
Sativa - Hash Plant Haze
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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