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The 26th Amsterdam Cannabis Cup Expo Schedule Tags: CANNABIS CUP EXPO 26TH AMSTERDAM SCHEDULE

Here it is: The 2013 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup expo schedule. As you will see, there’s plenty of reasons to tear yourselves away from the coffeshops!
Sunday, Nov. 24
Loud Seeds presents: Training Your Palate for Breeding.

Mila of the Pollinator Company presents, “Hash 101” with “El Gato,” Mila, Doug of Hitman Glass and Nikka T. of Essential Extracts.

The 26th Cannabis Cup Opening Ceremonies

At the Melkweg: Voyagers and Phenofinders present Black the Ripper, DJ IQ & DK Nektswon

Monday, Nov. 25
Nico Escondido provides important tips on successful seed breeding.

Robert Connell Clarke presents, “Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany,” An open discussion with Robert C. Clarke.

Meet the HIGH TIMES staff for a Q & A session.

Elise McDonough, author of the High Times Official Cannabis Cookbook,  presents “The Art of Cannabis Cuisine.”

At the Melkweg: Loud Seeds -- Loud Seeds/Silika Glass/Cloud presents Killer Mike and EL-P

Tuesday, Nov. 26
Bubbleman presents “The Ease of Water and Ice Extraction.”

Cali Connection provides a rousing promotion for its seeds and products.

Wernard Bruining presents a seminar on his miraculous marijuana oil.

Soma of Soma Seeds offers guidance and advice to growing healthy, potent plants.

At the Melkweg: HIGH TIMES Records presents Cam'ron and Smif n Wessun

Wednesday, Nov. 27
Scott of Rare Dankness presents “Colorado Strains and the New Recreational Laws of the Rocky Mountain State.”

The Green House coffeeshop, winner of multiple Cannabis Cups, showcases new samples from Strain Hunters.

Doug Fine, the author of Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, presents an open discussion.

Don and Aaron, the leaders of DNA Genetics, offer a map to success.

At the Melkweg: Apothecary Genetics presents The Wailers

Thursday, Nov. 28
Bret Bogue of Apothecary Genetics provides guidance for first-time growers.

Sensi Seed Bank, one of the oldest seed companies in the world, provides historical perspective on the emerging world of canna-business.

Expo Closing Ceremonies

At the Melkweg: HIGH TIMES AWARD Show with Sensi Seeds presenting The Dirty Soul Rockers

Tickets are still available! Buy Now!


2012 HIGH TIMES CANNABIS CUP IN LOS ANGELES Tags: cannabis cup la los angeles amsterdam high times

HIGH TIMES is proud to announce the first ever Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles! The two-day expo will be held at LA Center Studios February 11-12 and will highlight the best of So-Cal's medical marijuana industry.

There'll be seminars featuring doctors, patients, researchers, growers, dispensary owners, and activists. And, of course, HIGH TIMES' cultivation editors Danny Danko and Nico Escondido will be teaching attendees how to grow great ganja.

Plus, a special Saturday night VIP party featuring great music and special guests.

Visit medcancup.com for more information.


Let it Grow - Fighting back for freedom on two continents Tags: cannabis grow amsterdam medical marijuana

I left Amsterdam last week, after the poo hit the fan in Michigan, and the Dutch authorities were striving to match the sheer idiocy of the anti-marijuana crusaders in the United States by forcing 58 licensed cannabis coffeeshops out of business pursuant to a recent dictum that weed can't be offered for consumption within 350 meters of a secondary school. "The cabinet does not want pupils' education careers going up in smoke," puffed education minister Marja van Bijsterveldt.

These grandstanding plays aimed at the most regressive sector of the citizenry look noble and civic-minded on the surface, but, in fact, have no actual relevance in terms of public safety. The coffeeshops being shut down have existed in proximity to the schools for 30 or 40 years with no appreciable impact on the student population.

In fact, nothing is more difficult in the Centrum of Amsterdam than minors acquiring cannabis products at a coffeeshop — or even getting up to the hash counter to order up some smoke. Strict ID checks are conducted without fail, because minors on the premises are grounds for immediate suspension of the shop's cannabis privileges. Even if the school were next door to the coffeeshop, no students would be allowed entry in any event — ever.

Like raiding growrooms and linking growing to "serious crime" and "criminal violence," shutting down marijuana outlets because of their proximity to a schoolhouse is an entirely cynical political ploy directed at the addled denizens of the religious and secular right in a last-ditch attempt to stave off the ever-encroaching rule of reason. But the real shame is that these small, independent businesses are being hounded out of existence in increasing numbers. 

DutchNews.nl reports that there are now fewer than 650 coffeeshops left in Holland, with 214 remaining in Amsterdam itself. Four years ago, when the coffeeshops were ordered to stop serving alcoholic drinks where weed is offered for sale, there were 750 coffeeshops nationally including 250 in Amsterdam, but after the new regulations are effected there'll be less than 200 left in the capital city.

What is the public benefit of continuing to demonize marijuana and marijuana users — again, even state-certified medical marijuana patients — beyond bolstering the re-election prospects among a deluded electrorate of right-wing demagogues such as Attorney General Bill Schuette, whose rhetoric paints a lurid picture of "Michigan communities struggling with an invasion of pot shops near their schools, homes and churches."

Maybe these rich nerds haven't fully noticed that what Michigan communities are actually struggling with is a malfunctioning economic system that's paying the price of 30 years of unchecked corporate job-slashing as the basis of increasing profitability and the current wave of job elimination among state and local government employees. The reason the unemployment figures don't go down is because the job slots have been eliminated and the corporations and regressive governmental bodies simply have no intention of replacing them. 

Now, by the overwhelming mandate of the voting public, the legalization of medical marijuana has propelled the establishment of somewhere between 300 and 500 dispensaries and cannabis cooperatives and the grow operations that supply them. (Incidentally, why can't we have a more accurate number for this phenomenon? Does anyone know how many such outlets actually exist at this time?) 

Although the statute doesn't specifically authorize this particular form of delivery system, neither does it specifically forbid the dispensaries that have sprung up to meet the clear demand of the patient community. What the law specifies is that medical marijuana patients are meant to obtain their medicine, and if there aren't enough letters of the law in the statute as it stands, the intent that medicine be made available should be honored in their breach. 

And, beyond these bullshit quibbles about where and how you can get it, any fool should be able to weigh the absolute importance of the emergence of a new industry in this seriously depressed state and figure out ways and means for it to grow even larger. 

Even in its fledgling stage, less than three years following the passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, the commercial side of the care-giving community has begun to provide employment and the means of a livelihood to hundreds and even thousands of Michigan citizens, and a return on investments by the entrepreneurs and collectives that have responded to the needs of the patient community and opened their over-the-counter operations to registered, legally sanctioned medical cannabis consumers.

This is nothing compared to the potential size and scope of the marijuana industry in Michigan. If there are "nearly 100,000 carriers of medical marijuana cards," as The Detroit News has reported, how many recreational users do you think there might be? One million? More than a million? That's a whole lot of pot, and most of it has to be imported through quite strenuous means from other states whose marijuana growing systems are more advanced than ours. Sure it's illegal, but guess what? People are going to be smoking pot, and there are going to be people who supply them.

These are the facts of life, and stripped of all the quasi-religious and "moralistic" horseshit that fuels the zeal of the anti-pot crusaders, the marijuana industry is just that: an industry. It's a business, and it provides a living for countless numbers of growers and dealers, and it serves the needs of eager consumers who are willing to risk arrest, loss of job, imprisonment, seizure of personal property and all the other heinous measures devised by the alcohol-and-pill zealots to punish us.

And that's another chapter in the book of life, because any citizens of a certain age may acquire just as much alcohol, beer and wine as they may desire. In a social system where marijuana smokers are ruthlessly demonized and relentlessly persecuted under the phony banner of the War on Drugs, you can get your drinks damn near anywhere ... and damn the consequences. Just plop your money down and take away as much booze as you wanna.

This was a ridiculous picture when the drug authorities had the wool fully over people's eyes and sold them the vile notion that marijuana was a narcotic, and it's even more nonsensical now that nearly two out of every three Michigan voters have recognized the efficacy of marijuana as a medicine and nearly half of citizens nationwide favor the full leglization of weed.

At least people in Michigan aren't taking the latest anti-marijuana atrocities sitting down, as last week's protest on the lawn of the state Capitol demonstrated. The "largest pro-medical marijuana rally in Michigan" was credited with an attendance of 1,500 "young, old and sick in wheelchairs," as the News put it. 

One protest is not going to do the trick, and as Curt Guyette pointed out in last week's Metro Times, "there are some activists who are already looking ahead to the possibility that another ballot measure will be necessary to set things right here in Michigan. ...

"[But] no change ... is going to be achieved without an outpouring of public support. That means patients, their families and caregivers. It also means the accountants and lawyers and plumbers and electricians and grow shop owners and all the others who have seen the economic benefits that the law has already brought."

Amen, brother, amen. Let it grow!


—London Sept. 9, 2011


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