Las Vegas 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup Proceeding Without Cannabis

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The Las Vegas 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup hosted by High Times magazine which is scheduled to take place this weekend, March 4th & 5th, will have to go on without cannabis. Nevada’s Moapa Paiute Tribe is scheduled to be the site of the 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup but due to a misinterpretation of the law the festival will have to go on without the key ingredient.


This comes as somewhat of a surprise to the cannabis community as this would have been the first festival of its kind in Nevada. Las Vegas set a precedent by passing marijuana legislature that includes reciprocity which allows medical marijuana patients from all states who possess a valid doctor’s recommendation to purchase marijuana from dispensaries.


“I am informed that the tribal council is moving forward with the planned marijuana event referred to as the 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup because it is under the impression that the so-called ‘Cole Memorandum’ and subsequent memoranda from the Department of Justice permit marijuana use, possession and distribution on tribal lands when the state law also permits it,” wrote U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden in a letter. “Unfortunately, this is an incorrect interpretation of the Department’s position on this issue.”


The Cannabis Cup was founded nearly 30 years ago and is held annually in Amsterdam and is the “world’s leading marijuana trade show, celebrating the world of ganja through competitions, instructional seminars, expositions, celebrity appearances, concerts and product showcases,” according to its website.


Cannabis has come so far in the United States in the past year alone, we don’t think that this small hiccup will affect anyone’s passion for participating in the cannabis community. If anything we will learn from these lessons. This is not the first obstacle that we have seen in the cannabis industry and we are sure that it won’t be the last.

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