In Colorado, Cannabis Cup Time – New York Times (blog)

The Cannabis Cup in 2013.Dan Skye/High TimesThe Cannabis Cup in 2013.

With Colorado’s recent legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, ticket sales for Denver’s fifth annual Cannabis Cup this month are expected to double, according to event organizers.

The roving trade show, sponsored by High Times magazine, has already sold around 25,000 tickets to its Denver event, Dan Skye, the magazine’s editorial director and a spokesman for the show, said on the telephone. That’s almost 10,000 more than last year, Mr. Skye said, with 30,000 visitors expected in total over the weekend, April 19 and 20.

In fact, the event has grown so large, organizers were prompted to change venues from the Exdo Event Center to Denver Mart, where there will be plenty of outdoor space for, well, sampling.

Booths lining the outside recreation area will represent around 250 dispensaries, growers and pot shops, with lots of merchandise to be tested by those 21 and older, and those 18 and older with a medical use card.

“It’s probably going to be the biggest Cannabis expo in history,” Mr. Skye said. “I just spent a week in Colorado and it was like a green gold rush. It’s our 13th event in the United States, and it keeps getting bigger every year. It’s so gratifying.”

The convention will feature its usual selection of cultivation workshops and business seminars, like “The Art of Edibles” and “The Monster I Created: Has Colorado’s Over-Taxed and Over-Regulated Marijuana Industry Sold Its Soul?,” as well as the aforementioned samples from distributors and performances by the usual pro-ganja entertainers, including Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg), the rappers Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, and the band Slightly Stoopid.

Discussions about the future of legalization, the use of concentrates and medical regulation are also planned.

New this year is The Freedom Trail bus tour, on which attendees will visit recreational marijuana centers in Denver. “You know, pot shops,” Mr. Skye said.

“There are so many people who have no experience buying over-the-counter cannabis, so that’s why we’re doing that.”

There will also be a ganja yoga class, and though no smoking is allowed inside the building, it will probably be recommended that participants “come medicated, since that’s the whole point,” he said.

And, of course, there are plenty of awards to be presented at the Cup, with an opening party featuring Ice Cube, the actor and hip hop artist, and the rapper Action Bronson, on April 18.

Future Cups are planned in San Francisco, Seattle, Amsterdam and Los Angeles.

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