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By Brian Spinner
The Cannabis Cup is homage to the greatest counter-culture drug of the 20th Century: marijuana. The brain child of High Times Magazine Editor Steve Hager and a group of the magazine’s misfit takers, the first Cup was meant to celebrate everything pot, from seeds to strains to pipes and bongs. It took time from its inception in 1987, but the event has grown since its early ragtag days, and now ranks high on most potheads’ bucket lists.
Because most countries adhered to a Just-Say-No attitude toward marijuana in the late 1980s, the organizers were forced to take the event oversees to Amsterdam— in Holland—a country with a much more friendly view of pot and pot smokers. It was a perfect choice. The Dutch government’s policy of gedoogbeleid, a toleration of soft drugs like marijuana, meant that though the drug was still technically illegal, authorities chose not to prosecute those who smoked or sold pot. In other words, out of sight, out of mind. The burgeoning cafe society in many Dutch cities, especially Amsterdam, offered Cannabis Cup organizers an oasis in the dessert of intolerance.
In truth, folks at High Times Magazine found Holland, and specifically Amsterdam, with all its cultural opportunities —beyond cultivation —a great place to hang out.
“It’s a great city to go for a few days,” said Dan Skye, editorial director for High Times Magazine. You can go for a while to the Cannabis Cup, then check out the
coffee shops, museums, and all. It really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”
For years, The Cup has been held over several days during the third weekend in November, and this past November marked its 25th anniversary. As with previous Cups, the amalgam of activities ranged from booths and demonstrations to lectures and, well, high times. The weekend’s culmination is always The Cup’s award show, put on the
last of the Awards^ w/ to best booth, ir. t best edibles, best glass,
^ht event, are given best seeds, best product, as well as highest ofCBD. course growers
from all over
the world really want to know who has the best strains: from Sativa, Indica, hybrids, and of course, who wins The Cannabis Cup, taken this last November by the powerhouse Greenhouse Coffee Shop for their Flower Bomb Kush.
In 1997, Hager and High Times Magazine created the Counter Culture Hall of Fame and have inducted a new honoree during every subsequent Cup. The induction to this Hall of Fame is conducted
during The Cup’s award show, with a documentary introducing the recipient to the audience. Bob Marley was the first honoree, while other years’ inductees included: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Neil Cassady (1999), Bob Dylan (2002), Jack Herer (2003), Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong (2007), Peter Tosh (2008), and Coke La Rock (2010).
Unfortunately, head winds have buffeted the celebration of The Cup in Amsterdam over the past few years. When the early days offered attendees the freedom to smoke in a public arena and of course, in the city’s cafes, Skye said finding a location for the event has been somewhat challenging the past few years. The Dutch government is not as lenient regarding pot or pot smokers as it once was.
“We haven’t held it in the same venue in succeeding events for several years,” Skye said. Despite the growing intolerance throughout Holland, the magazine plans to continue to host The Cup in Amsterdam, he said.
Sometimes irony is a bitch, sometimes an opportunity. The same month of The Cup’s 25th anniversary, this past November, American voters in Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize marijuana. It seems the tolerance pendulum towards marijuana is swinging America’s way. The staff at High Times Magazine recognized this potential seismic shift in attitudes and they decided it was time to bring The Cup stateside.
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