First High Times Cannabis Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada
The High Times Cannabis Cup originated in Amsterdam, Netherlands and made it’s way to the United States in the mid-90’s after California passed Proposition 215. The Cannabis Cup has been a highlighted event throughout the cannabis community in California for quite some time. The Las Vegas Cannabis Cup would have been a first of its kind, as anyone over the age of 21 is able to consume up to an ounce of cannabis.
However, the event was facing a great deal of pushback from the federal authorities. In a February 16th letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe, Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada, tells tribe Chairman Darren Daboda that “marijuana use, possession and distribution on tribal lands” is illegal under federal law. The cannabis cup featured educational seminars, a job fair, panels, a marijuana edibles cooking competition and samples of edibles.
Las Vegas is set to become the standard for cannabis tourism as the Nevada laws accept any valid doctor issued recommendation from any medicinal state. Las Vegas in general sees a huge amount of tourism to begin with but with medicinal/recreational marijuana now available we are likely to see a large flux of canna-toursim in Las Vegas.
The Cannabis Cup went off without a hitch against all odds, cannabis consumption was more private than communal and no government officials busted in threatening to shut it down. Some feedback from the cannabis community on Instagram was a little different, some claimed that aside from seeing friends and colleagues the festival wasn’t the best.
The battle between the federal government and the states over marijuana legalization will be talked about for years to come but we have started to see the beginning of the end of prohibition on marijuana. Spending tax dollars to fight against marijuana legalization seems to be a losing effort.