There have already been several cancelled cannabis events this year and it seems more will be coming if they are not abiding by the new state laws. High Times, a company with a long history leading the counter-cultural movements regarding marijuana, has been denied a permit to hold its famed "Cannabis Cup" event this weekend in San Bernardino. This follows just a few weeks after a Prop 215 show, Kushstock, held their event in the same fairgrounds. Thursday, High Times event director, Sameen Ahmad, was stunned by the city council's opposition to the event, which was only a day away. Trying to navigate the sea of new regulations seems to have left High Times, a little dry of cannabis.
High Times Cannabis Cup, has been held yearly since the 1980's when it started in Amsterdam. As cannabis legalization swept through the US, High Times turned its attention to America and brought the once hard to reach event, home. The Cannabis Cup has been held in Los Angeles, Denver and even Seattle. Each city has attempted to curtail the events size and method of engagement, only to deny High Times a permit the following years forcing them to continually move the event until they find a new home. San Bernardino, a city with a much more liberal view of marijuana, was supposed to be an easy win for 2018.
Attempting to follow the right path, High Times hoped to apply for an Adult Use permit for the event. Unfortunately, the city did not even have the ability to legally provide a permit since the state requires event coordinators to apply at least 60 days prior, a process High Times was unable to follow since the regulations are still being developed and finalized. The City Council voted 6-0 against the event citing an array of issues from "crap on the floor" as one city council member said to legal implications such as aiding and abetting. It was clear within minutes of the meeting beginning that High Times good intentions were not going to be enough to pull off a miracle a day before the event.
The show will go on.
High Times plans to continue the event with one major difference, no cannabis. There is little doubt this will be disappointing for
many most, but High Times is currently advertising that attendees can BYOB (Bring Your Own Buds) and consume. Attendees will not be able to purchase or sample any cannabis products so if you plan to smoke at 4:20, BYOB!