February 3, 2012

Join The Weed Blog At The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup In L.A.

February 3, 2012
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high times medical cannabis cupHigh Times Medical Cannabis Cup In Los Angeles

I received an e-mail earlier today from High Times Executive Editor Dan Skye inviting The Weed Blog to the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles February 11th and 12th. I think it’s safe to say that I now have an open spot on my bucket list. Ninjasmoker and I are so fired up to cover this event, I’m glad it’s right around the corner because the anticipation is already killing me and I just found out today. This will no doubt be one of the greatest marijuana events in the history of cannabis. If you can get to Los Angeles next weekend, it will be well worth it.

Below is information about the event:

The world’s premier medical-marijuana competition, arrives in Los Angeles for the first time. Panels and seminars with leaders of the medical-marijuana movement, including doctors, patients, researchers, growers, dispensary owners, activists and HIGH TIMES magazine’s own cultivation editors. A Saturday-night VIP party featuring performances by very special musical guests. A closing-night Medical Cannabis Cup awards ceremony honoring the top indicas, sativas, hybrids, concentrates and edibles entered by California’s legally operating cannabis dispensaries and collectives.

Event Details


12:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

12:00 PM
Doors Open — Event Begins

1:30 PM
Legal Seminar
What does the future hold for medical marijuana laws in California and beyond?

James Devine, Esq.
Jay Leiderman, Esq.
Debby Goldsberry

3:00 PM
Patients’ Panel
How can those in need of medical marijuana get the most out of this amazing healing plant, and what does the latest research have to say about the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis?

Dr. Christine Paoletti, MD
Dr. Allan Frankel, MD
Fred Gardner, O’Shaughnessy’s/Project CBD

4:20 PM
HIGH TIMES’ 4:20 celebration
with special guests

Cultivation Seminar w/ Danny Danko
HIGH TIMES’ Senior Cultivation Editor and the author of The Official HIGH TIMES Field Guide to Marijuana Strains offers expert advice to cannabis growers of all types and skill levels.

Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017


12:00 PM — 9:00 PM
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

12:00 PM
Doors Open — Event Begins

1:30 PM
Activism Panel
What’s the best way forward for marijuana-law reformers, and how can you help free the weed where you live?

Russ Belville, NORML
Kandice Hawes, OC NORML
Robert Platshorn, Silver Tour
Craig Beresh, California Cannabis Coalition

3:00 PM
Career marijuana growers, breeders and buyers discuss what they’re looking for in truly medicinal-grade cannabis, including potency, purity and more.

HIGH TIMES Senior Cultivation Editor Danny Danko

Kyle Kushman
Andrew DeAngelo
Rick Pfrommer

4:20 PM
HIGH TIMES’ 4:20 Celebration
with special guests

5:00 PM
Cultivation Seminar w/ Nico Escondido
HIGH TIMES’ Cultivation Editor and the star of Nico Escondido’s Grow Like a Proinstructional DVD offers his insights into advanced cultivation techniques, including the latest innovations for small, large and commercial growers. Nico will also discuss the Medical Cannabis Cup’s judging criteria.

7:00 PM
Awards will be presented for the top sativas, indicas, hybrids, edibles and more! Plus a special Lifetime Achievement Award honoring the late, great Jack Herer.

Event FAQ’s

How Can I Buy a Ticket?
Get your pass by clicking here now!

How much do tickets cost to attend?
The price of $50 gets you unlimited access to both days of the Expo, including all cultivation seminars and activism panels, plus the awards ceremony and a HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup gift bag and guide book. For $100, the VIP Medical Cannabis Cup grants all access at the Expo, the gift bag and guide book, plus admission to an official Medical Cannabis Cup party/concert on Saturday night at a separate location. All attendees must be 18 and older. ID will be required at the door.

$30 Day passes will be available for cash at the door.
A day pass grants one way access to the expo — this price DOES NOT include the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup gift bag or guide book.

$100 Two-Day passes will also be available for cash at the door.
This two-day pass DOES include the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup gift bag (while supplies last), the guide book and re-entry to the venue.

Are Medical Cannabis Cup passes refundable?
No — But passes are transferable and may be resold to someone else if you are unable to attend.

How can my California-based medical cannabis dispensary compete in the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup?
Entry into the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup is limited to legally operating, licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in the state of California. For more information on entering an indica, a sativa, cannabis concentrates or medical-cannabis infused edibles, please contact us directly at (212) 387-0500 or by email [email protected]

Where, exactly, does this exciting new event take place?
Daytime events, including the expo, all seminars, and the awarding of HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cups will take place at Los Angeles Center Studios — 1201 West 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90017 (CLICK FOR EVENT MAP).

On Saturday night (February 11, 2012), HIGH TIMES will host a party with special musical guests and entertainers.

All attendees must be 18 and older.

ID will be required at the door.

Do I need to be a medical marijuana patient to attend?
The expo and party will be open to all adults from any state.

An outdoor medicating section of the expo facility will be available and will accommodate the needs of medical marijuana patients. Medical professionals will be available on site.

Do I get any cannabis as part of my ticket price?
Due to California law we cannot give away cannabis, which is why we’ve kept the ticket price as low as possible while still putting on a world-class event.

What?! It’s the Medical Cannabis Cup and I don’t get any free cannabis?
Sorry, that’s a promise we just can’t make, but we do promise you an event celebrating the incredibly diverse and emerging medical marijuana movement, including a two-day cannabis and hemp expo that will feature cultivation seminars with HIGH TIMES editors Danny Danko and Nico Escondido, activism sessions with leaders of the medical marijuana movement and major cannabis celebrities, an all-star awards ceremony, and an unforgettable pot party with surprise musical guests.

Will I get to judge the strains, and vote for the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup?
All ticket buyers will receive a list of California 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 California’s top medical marijuana providers.

Is the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup wheelchair friendly?
Daytime events at Los Angeles Center Studios are definitely wheelchair friendly, though you should contact the venue directly with any specific questions or concerns. As the Saturday night party is as a yet to be determined location, we don’t have any details, though we will update this FAQ as soon as we know more.

Do you offer any travel packages or hotel recommendations?
Not at the moment, but possibly in the future.

Is HIGH TIMES still hosting the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam?
Yes, of course. Those interested in making the ultimate pot pilgrimage to Amsterdam this November for the globe’s premiere marijuana event should head to cannabiscup.com now for more info!


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