High Times Cannabis Cup returning to Denver 4/20 weekend, but will it be the same?

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High Times will once again be a Mile High on the 4/20 holiday, when the magazine will bring its now-annual Cannabis Cup back to Denver. But do recent shutdowns of other cannabis-friendly events in the city mean that attendees won't enjoy the same huge clambake that has marked the last three Cups?

According to promoters, the event will once again be filled with speakers, grow workshops, live music and plenty of national and international vendors -- much like last year's.

The 2013 cup also marked the first time there was open cannabis consumption allowed for adults 21 and up. As a result, the festivities sprawled out of the Exdo Event Center and into a neighboring vacant lot that High Times had transformed into a pot carnival hazed over with dabs and monster joints.

But how open and smoke-filled this year's Cannabis Cup will be compared to last year's remains to be seen. In the past, the Cup operated in a somewhat nebulous legal gray area, with "patient-only" warehouses and 21-and-up recreational zones; last year, nobody was sure how the courts were defining "open and public" use as it related to cannabis consumption. But in Denver these days, the definition seems to be a lot more black-and-white.

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Screen shot of the cancelation notice for Marijuana Madness
Two cannabis-friendly events nowhere near the size and scope of the Cannabis Cup have been shut down in recent weeks. The first was one of AJ Hashman's monthly MMJ Meet-and-Greet parties at the Aztlan Theater; the night before the February edition, Denver police told Hashman in no uncertain terms that he was not to hold the event.

The second was the Marijuana Madness Home Growers' Competition originally planned for this Friday at Hoodlab. According to the event's Facebook page, it was canceled because "the City of Denver has expressed concern about our event and is in the process of shutting it down."

So far, High Times hasn't given out too many details on what it plans to do, though an interesting note on the event's website mentions that the "outdoor component" is fenced off and not visible to the general public. However, the site also says that selling or distributing cannabis will not be allowed. We're wondering how well the "distributing" will really be enforced.

The event has also left Exdo for the Denver Mart (no doubt partly due to the site being left trashed last year and fingers being pointed by both sides). But it is keeping alive the tradition of throwing two Red Rocks concerts, with Slightly Stoopid and Mac Miller on Saturday, April 19, and Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa on Sunday, April 20.

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More from our Marijuana archive: "High Times Cannabis Cup 2013 winners and wrap-up" and " High Times site left trashed for Earth Day."

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The current issue of High Times features an article showing that bud from a Private Individual Caregiver in Colorado has tested higher in THC than any of the warehouse schwag produced by the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.


They ought to stop pandering to the Greedy Profiteering Corporate Pigs and return to covering and promoting the INDIVIDUAL marijuana growers / users / advocates who fought for and built the Marijuana Industry for the last 30+ years ... an industry that the Carpetbagging Big $$ Corporate Cunts are now hijacking and exploiting at the expense of individual users and growers.


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thomasmc
thomasmc

Serious changes need to be made in the next election, to let the politicians know WE MEANT BUSINESS when we passed A64!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

"... in Denver these days, the definition seems to be a lot more black-and-white" -- not to me; an event held where it cannot be observed from a public place, from which minors have been excluded, and at which no commercial activity is taking place should be deemed private.  The only place the City seems to think is private is your mom's basement, but the Administration's confusion is not general.

Bret Kantola
Bret Kantola

Separating cannabis lovers from their cash. FHTs.

Colorado Care Facility
Colorado Care Facility

A huge boost for the Colorado economy and the start of germination for many farmers who will be growing the BIG Hemp crops this summer... History is about to be made :)

Kevin Callison
Kevin Callison

A bunch of people from out of state being quiet... Last year was packed with paranoid people. It us ok people, welcome to nit having not to worry. Do what you will.

Monkey
Monkey

The "Home Growers' Competition" sounds cool, no wonder they want to shut it down before it starts. I wouldn't be surprised if the industry was behind that one. 

Wendy52601
Wendy52601

Might help to be sure to clean up the mess afterwards, this year.  :)


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You sound like a radical right wing gun freak friend that got all baby hurt when his illegal drug business went away after 64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@thomasmc  <== another idiot who didn't read, much less comprehend, what A64 proposed.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Colorado Care Facility <== failed history in school

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey  ... the highest THC bud tested by Cannlabs was grown by a PRIVATE Individual Caregiver ... 


... not some Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel's warehouse schwag.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... you really are dumber than a bucket of dirt, aren't you moron?


Nobody's drug business when away after A64 -- that festering turd with its myriad regulations and massive taxes guaranteed the underground free market in marijuana will continue to flourish.

Jay5455
Jay5455

@DonkeyHotay - You are always so concerned about WB posting business and license documents with his reviews and such.

How about you cite your source since you act like a walking encyclopedia. plzkthx.

You haven't used 'puerile' in awhile, is that going to make a comeback?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GeeRGee  <== ignorant cunt


The results are in the current issue of HighTimes, you stump-stupid bong-sucking brain-dead imbecile.


Does it hurt to be so fucking stupid?



GeeRGee
GeeRGee

So you can't back up your statement with any actual evidence.

Noted.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jay5455 ... hey fucknuts, the source is contained in the posting, you daft dipshit.


What part of Cannlabs don't you comprehend?


Ask for Hot Gennifer.


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