High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Denver: Editor Dan Skye's preview (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Photos below.
The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup is coming to Denver on April 2 and 3 at the Exdo Event Center. It's just the second such event the pot-smoker's favorite mag has sponsored in America -- and according to executive editor Dan Skye, heading to Denver following last year's visit to San Francisco (captured in photos on view below) was an easy call.

"We've been running the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam for 23 years, but we always wanted to do a cup in the U.S.," Skye says. "So last June in San Francisco, we held the first-ever High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, and it was a great success. So we decided to move forward and move on to the next medical marijuana powerhouse, which is obviously Colorado."

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Some of the Cannabis Cups that will be up for grabs.
The Cup's main event involves "a cannabis competition -- people deciding what medicine is the best," he notes. "There will be a number of criteria to determine that. A panel of judges, all of them patients, will be examining the cannabis, and we will come up with a winner over the two days of the event. And the cannabis will be entered through dispensaries, so it's a completely legal competition in every sense of the word, in full compliance with Colorado law."

In addition, the Cup will include a trade show, as well as a Saturday night VIP party starring trippy hip-hop star Kid Cudi.

Elements like these at previous medical marijuana-oriented events here have drawn criticism from some MMJ advocates, who prefer to emphasize medical aspects over those that nod toward recreational use and the weed lifestyle. In response, Skye touts discussion-oriented features that will take place throughout the weekend.

"We'll have a medical panel, a business panel and a legal panel, and a number of the top people in the industry from Colorado will be taking part," he points out, mentioning attorneys Rob Corry and Warren Edson, Dr. Bob Melamede, and Dan Hartman, the new director of the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. "We'll also have Full Spectrum Labs, the premier testing facility in Colorado, giving us a lot of information on strains prior to judging. It's very much a Colorado based event, very Colorado-centric. We've pulled out all the stops."

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Dan Skye.
At the same time, Skye doesn't see the need to eliminate fun in order to prove that this marijuana get-together is medical in nature.

"We have to think about the definition of medicine and why we use what we use to make ourselves feel better, whether it's to treat insomnia or nausea or things that are life-threatening," he says. "People who use marijuana come from all walks of life, and as a result, two industries have cropped up: the consumer and the cultivator. And the parallel I always bring in is the fitness industry. The health industry really took off in the '80s, with health clubs, certifying organizations, the $4 billion sneaker industry. And we're seeing the same thing happening with cannabis.

"I understand talking about the seriousness of this as medicine. But I think it's important to not always be so damned serious. We can enjoy good medicine as well, and build a great industry around this plant. We can do it through responsible capitalism -- and the more businesses, the more we can do to try to revive our economy.

"The fact is, if the harnesses were taken off this plant, if it were unleashed, we'd see industry beyond belief. We've seen that in Michigan, where, in a very economically depressed state, so many people are now working in this new industry -- which is still in its infancy, and it's only going to get better."

Medcancup.com provides links to frequently asked questions, ticket information and more. In the meantime, Skye is looking forward to attending the gathering, which he hopes will set a new standard for medical marijuana gatherings in these parts.

"Colorado has had some great conventions so far," he acknowledges. "But I think High Times coming in will give it a little more oomph."

Page down to see a High Times video about the Medical Cannabis Cup, in addition to photos from last year's event in San Francisco.

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ericweedhub
ericweedhub

The reason why medical cannabis cannot be eradicated in the list of alternative healing is because a lot of patients are testifying that it does work and that it has improved their lives in so many ways.

Studio
Studio

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Ngames3987
Ngames3987

From their FAQ:Will I get to judge the strains, and vote for the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup?All ticket buyers will receive a list of Colorado dispensaries participating in the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup. State sanctioned medical marijuana patients can visit those dispensaries on their own and sample each dispensary’s entered strain in the weeks leading up to the Cup. The HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cups will be awarded by a panel of independent experts based on extensive sampling in a blind tasting. This expert panel will be at the expo on Sunday evening to announce their decisions and award the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cups to Colorado’s top medical marijuana providers.

Colforbin
Colforbin

and why do we need hight to highlight anything. all it will bring is heat. anybody around hear now what happened to hemp BC after their big hightimes article... or maybe dennis peron after his big rightup. or when hightimes turned over the names of subscribers to the DEA. fuck Hightimes.

Colforbin
Colforbin

if this was a contest to deterimine who can grow the best medicine it wouldn't cost three thousand dollars to enter. thats right... three thousand dollars to enter. fuck high times. ten years ago, when they fucked ed rosenthal and he left for cannabis culture, thats when hightimes started sucking hard. they had to bring porn back to get advertisers.

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

I have been invited to participate in the medical panel, and I look forward to the event. That said, we would be remiss to ignore Tim Tipton's Caregivers' Cup competitions, which have featured local caregivers' medicine being judged by patients on-site and in real time. Support Colorado's caregivers' constitutional prerogatives to provide medicine to their patients over the General Assembly's medical marijuana distribution system.

J$
J$

"GET OFF MAH LAWN!" Holy Christ, Old Man is a bitter old hippie. "Oh noes they are marketing Marijuana!" Instead of bitching about the event its simple, don't go. I dont get why old people always want to bitch, complain and be negative. "The man" isn't going to ruin your sacred medicine. It has been around for ever and will be in 3 years after after you are gone.

I dont not work for high times or anyone in the marijuana industry, but people making a living off marketing marijuana is not a bad thing. You don't believe the hype, you don't buy into what the are selling you, great! Creating a negative environment within the industry will only do more harm than good. So keep complaining, keep pushing back against the movement, keep it in the shadows because "man I grow my own, its all mine." This has always been how the selfish hippie mind works and why the big guys always win and why we cannot have nice things.

joe mama
joe mama

Fuck High Times. Ever since the marketing dept. took over it's gone to shit. Same old articles just regurgitated with different words and pics with entirely too many adds for shit products. In the world of pot rags they are at the bottom. And Bobby Black is a efin clown shoe!

What about the patients?
What about the patients?

Do patients get a discount or do they have to cough up $50/per? How about a FREE ENTRY for patients? If High Times is going to try to cash-in on the popularity of medical cannabis in Colorado, and the number of patients that use it as medicine, shouldn't they be giving something back to the patients? And why is HT inviting Dan Hartmann, Colorado's top pot cop, to this event? Doesn't he know that patients get nervous around these armed law enforcement officers? On what planet does the Department of Revenue get to hang out with patients at a HT event? Does this really sound like fun???!? This doesn't sound like a very patient-friendly event.

J$
J$

Some Stoners are so fucking stupid. "Old Man" this is not the same crappy bullshit event that was held in Denver last year. Read the article.

Brandon
Brandon

So will patients be able to see the medicine or anything???

Old Man
Old Man

So....

You can so tell skye is buttering his bread here. This is a who can please hightimes the most competition. They used to be able to take comments and make things better back in the day, and be discrete. Now, its just like yuuuuup a group of judges will be judging the marijuana. Arjan got arrested last year... HELLLOOOO! they are starting to fall over a bit.

So basically its completely useless for me to go to this event. Because if all patients arent allowed to vote, then theres no point in me or ANYONE going to this.

Skye starts to talk about money, excuse me capatalism. He realizes that medicine doesn't sell tickets to the young audience. Thats his money ticket. The people who dont know. FRESH MEAT. And they cant even vote on the meds anyway! He realizes that tits and parties sell tickets. So whomever is going to this thing... have fun with little teenagers! And for the adults who are going... seriously? Skye is telling you that you (the regular patient) dont have a say! So why the freak are you going!?

This event is like the glorified walmart farmers market of cannabis. All manufactures come together in one place, but the dispensary owners and Hightimes get together before hand and make shady deals, ensuring which products will be where and how much will need to be there for "placement." there are no rules in this competition. Oh wait, the only rule is you have to be a dispensary. So, they talk about how Michigan is doing great, but they know they cant have it there because then caregivers would be able to compete. so they couldnt do their same model there. Its their, "who can please me the most" competition.

This is NOT a who can grow the best meds competition!

Rj78
Rj78

Jay, the samples ARE tested by Full Spectrum. Also, everyone enters the same amount and the winners are judged both objectively based on the FSL test results and subjectively based on taste, smell, etc.

Jay
Jay

The final finishers are dependent on how much medicine they 'donate' to the 'event'. How can you have a cup without meds being tested by a place like Full Spectrum? Total B.S.

SailorJerry
SailorJerry

I am SOOOOOO ready for the challenge. Bring IT ON!!!

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

Right, and that last bit: "... award the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cups to Colorado’s top medical marijuana providers" is inaccurate; caregivers grow some fine medicine, and THEY are "Colorado’s top medical marijuana providers".

Guest
Guest

Now we know this event is a joke with Robert as an "expert."

Old Man
Old Man

dude i liked your comment because you are literally to stupid to insult. you sound so uneducated. its hilarious.

You really don't get it. either because you are to stupid or you're just a bad grower. you said: "this has always been how the selfish hippie mind works and why the big guys always win and why we cannot have nice things." Dude, i didn't loose. sorry if you feel like you lost. But im pretty sure if there is a winner and a looser, its the patients that have lost the most here. And the DOR won.

Im not poor, i have really nice things. and i actually worked really hard to get those things. AND I value my family way more than nice things. So with that said. Im chillen and you sound confused. But maybe you just lack the education and therefore the ability to express your viewpoint.

And just so you know. I AM TRYING TO BE NEGATIVE ABOUT HIGHTIMES! idiot. Let me put it this way: this is a admission event correct? 50 bucks if im not mistaken? and then lets say you get eight grams at eight different booths. at an average of 15/g thats $120 add to that admission and 50 bucks for beers and food, for you and the lady before or after, your talking an expense of over 200! when in reality your just buying a quarter and dinner. In Amsterdam where theres seeds and smoke shops, im down, it'd make a great week vacation. but not here. if you were smart you could see that this isnt about marketing marijuana, its about getting your money. I thought the MMJ scene and movement was about providing the best medicine to people who really need it, right? that is not what your talkin about buddy. Neither is Skye.

You dont pay for a concert and then not see the concert do you moron? So why would you go to a competition without the competition. Thats all im saying. they advertise it as a competition and its not. why not call it what it is, an expo basically. not a competition.

So thats why im being negative and saying HT can suck balls. Because i have a right as an American to express my disdain and concern.

As for your claim that I am doing nothing for the movement by trying to get the truth about these people out there. Not rumors bud, truth. look in the magazine "bro" if you have read and seen HT for years you would know that they re run articles and could give a shit about "medicine" they are the "seniors" in their minds. Its the way things are done and they will do it until either they dont make anymore money or they get busted and shut down. I hope to get the dirty shit out there so that they dont make as much money.

Anon
Anon

Bitter much?

Same BS, different year
Same BS, different year

Same idea.

The judging is not open to the public. There is no smoking on site. The "winners" are determined by who donates the most. This event is meant to take advantage of young and dumb folks who don't realize that they get no say in the awards. J O K E !!!

J$
J$

Oh, so you are crying because they decided to shun your medicine from their queer party? Do you really believe that this event wont highlight the Colorado MMJ movement?

Nobody cares how good or potent your medicine is. Its like a dick measuring contest. You all are losers. You would have to be an old washed up out of touch burn out to not to be an informed consumer/patient in golden era of the intrawebz.

Also per your argument as a caregiver I hope you are giving away 100% your medicine, because If your are making any profit on it you are hypocritical burn out. You say that worked hard in life and someone paid you? Fucking sellout.

As an American its also okay for people to spend their money anyway they see fit, who are you to judge how, when, where and why someone wants to celebrate Marijuana. Context you fucking hippie.

Sorry to anyone that had to read mine and the old mans rant.

j$
j$

Yes MMJ awards are a joke. We get it, shit gets you medicated. Go to http://www.kindreviews.com/ and see the real winners of denvers best bud, leave comments.

Atleast High Times is highlighting Denvers MMJ community, stoners need to unite and quit whining so much.

Bitch
Bitch

so not only is there smoking on site, but its gonna be epic.

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

Please identify yourself, J$; I'm sure patients would like to know which greedhead you are and which MMC you are affiliated with.

Old Man
Old Man

First of all... your name is J money.... right up there with J WOW hahaha second of all.... dude, you're the joke. you make no valid or sound points. just that everyone else needs to stop whining. Stop being a dumb little bully. BOY. Feel good?

Kind reviews doesnt even make people do complete tests. just potency tests. not microbiological tests, and then some dude smokes it and writes a review. and just so you know: kind reviews is owned by the same people that own cannastaff. and furthermore you have to pay them in order to get a review. William Breathes doesn't get payed by the dispensaries he visits. he judges them straight up. he doesnt take money, because that would be fraud and cheating. This is what the Hightimes cannabis cup is. a Fraud.

Dude in no way do I want to unite with you. wake up and smell the chronic dude. there's A HUGE divide occurring in the cannabis community. or stoners, as you like to call it. I am not a stoner, I graduated Highschool a long time ago. So before you say "we should unite" you should think about what your asking people to unite to. Wasting money on something that is just a marketing ploy, doesnt sound fun. Wasting money on overpriced "meds" is also not fun. Hows that 35-60 dollar eighth treatin ya buddy? hahahaha you should do some research and try to figure out how much it costs to grow one plant. : ) And if you do grow, and you do know, then wow dude just wow.

So before you wail around your big J money sign and scare away people who are looking to see if this ht competition is actually A COMPETITION. when its actually a fraud, a marketing scheme that is meant to get you spending more money than you actually would. DO SOME RESEARCH

Now it didnt used to be like this, ht used to care, but it was taken over by the marketing people and it is now different. so you can concede that it is different and not go, or go, support them, im just trying to get you to understand what your supporting and maybe point you in another direction. maybe get you some tits and money if you start growing. Stop following and lead. and know what your leading people to. you obviously have no idea what HT does. you just seem to know about the legend, and they love to hide behind that legend but with all due respect man Tom died a long time ago. things done changed

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