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Amsterdam Cannabis Cup

The chief editor of the High Times magazine, Steven Hager, started this event in 1987. So it has been held for more than 30 years. That is enough time to fine tune organization and build a tradition. The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup usually takes the same format as those before, with experts showcasing their latest strains, celebrity guests and of course music.

Amsterdam Cannabis Cup dates

The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup usually coincides with Thanksgiving in the USA, running around November 24 – 26. However in 2018 it has been held in the middle of summer on 13th to 15th of July.

Arriving in Amsterdam a few days before the event is a good idea. Also getting to the pre-registration event in order to avoid the long queues that plague the Cannabis Cup as much as any large international event.

Accommodation near Cannabis Cup

With event like this it is important to be accommodated closeby. The Cannabis Cup takes place mostly at the Melkweg culture centre. Use the form below to get a list of nearby hotels, hostels, apartments and even houseboats.

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The program of Cannabis Cup

There is always an opening night party and host parties with different acts playing during the next days. The event finishes up with the Cannabis Cup Awards show presenting the results of the competition as voted on by holders of judges passes.

Cannabis Cup legal issues

The Cannabis Cup had to also endure some trouble. Amsterdam city officials would like to present other sides of this beautiful city more than the marijuana consumption. Therefore there have been instances where Cannabis Cup events were cancelled and there was even a police raid. Attendees should obey some rules even at an event like this. For example smoking only at designated areas.

Simmilar events

The High Times Cannabis Cup is not the only event of this type in Amsterdam. Events of simmilar kind include the Unity Cup and the Elite Cup.

Cannabis Cups on the other side of the world

With recent legalization of marijuana in the USA there have been Cannabis Cups organized around this colorful country too. Past events were in Denver, Michigan, Seattle and of course California.

The Cannabis Cup expo

The Cannabis Cup Expo usually takes place at the RAI conference centre and Melkweg club. Experts from growing companies and seed companies are present to talk about cultivation and care of plants. Expert advice from the hosts of the party, High Times, will also be available in the form of resident gurus.

The Cannabis Cup Expo is open every day of the event from noon.

Nearby attractions

The events at Melkweg are surely going to be a blast. But checking out the surrounding area is definitely worth a while. For example Vondelpark is just around the corner. Then museums – Rijksmuseum for history and Stedelijk for art. Also Van Gogh House. The Heineken Brewery tour is a must. And finally, the districts of Jordaan and Red Light District.

Counterculture Hall of Fame

A worthy person is inducted into the High Times Counterculture Hall of Fame every year. Inductees include stars like Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Peter Tosh and others.

Judges Passes

One of the most desired ways to take part in the Cannabis Cup is with a judges pass that allows you to have your say as to what the best strains of marijuana on offer are. Passes can be bought online for approximately $280 and allow holders to mark their impressions of each strain they try to be compiled and used to decide the best strains of the show. Unfortunately, judges passes do not entitle you to free marijuana or hash, but there are many stalls in the expo offering free samples anyway.

Amsterdam nightlife ticket

It is definitely worth to consider this nightlife ticket. It will most likely save you time and money. For 7 days you get free entrance to Amsterdam clubs, free shots, beers & cocktails, lazertag & bowling, free UBER and much more. Go have a look.

Marijuana museum

Amsterdam is a city with many fascinating museums. One of them is The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum. It makes great sense to visit it when attending The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup.

Cannabis Cup location on the map

The Cannabis Cup takes place mostly at the Melkweg culture centre. You can find it at the centre of the map below.

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Article about the Cannabis Cup 2015, including details of tickets, locaiton, musical guests and celebrity appearances.

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What is the High Times Cannabis Cup People’s Choice?

The People’s Choice Editions are a new model that will continue High Times’ trend of bringing its signature series of cannabis product competitions online in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, without any live events or gatherings. These Cups will be the first-ever Cannabis Cups that are open to the public in each state that the competition is executed, and will see the largest pool of judges in history. For licensed brands, this is a sampling dream to get your products into the hands of hundreds of new customers who will provide feedback on your entries from home, plus thousands of impressions. May the best products win!

When is the High Times Cannabis Cup People’s Choice?

The People’s Choice Cups are featured all over the country in states where cannabis is recreationally or medicinally legal. If we haven’t announced one in your state yet, we’re working on it! All Cups will be listed on CannabisCup.com. Dates and locations will be provided for both licensed brands to drop product off for Intake, and for consumers to pick up judge kits at dispensaries to become a Judge. As a reminder, there is no live event, vendor booths, or tickets.

What are the categories for the People’s Choice Cups?

The categories for each Cup may differ, but they typically include some of the following:
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You may participate by either being a licensed cultivator or processor and enter product, or you may be a judge and purchase a kit of product to judge. Please send us a note at CannabisCup.com/contact.

How much product does it take to enter the Cup?

Each Cup is different and may require different types and quantities of product per category. Please reach out to CannabisCup.com/contact to request a list of guidelines for each active Cup.

What does it mean to be a judge?

We want great judges who will take the time to fully score all products by the deadline of each competition and give detailed comments on Aesthetics, Aroma, Taste, Effects and other qualities of each product. The growers put their hearts and souls into making these products and we expect the same from our judges. Upon purchasing a Judge Kit, inside of the backpack is a scorecard with a link and access code to the High Times Judging Portal. You will record all scores into the portal for each sample entry. You may post content of judging to your social handles for a chance to be featured and reposted by High Times! We will also pick out great comments from great judges and read them off during the Award Show. Please keep your scoring confidential until the results are announced.

How do I know if I’m chosen to be a judge?

You do not need a confirmation email or an invitation! People’s Choice is open to everyone who can legally purchase cannabis in their state and is sold on a first-come first-serve basis. We will reach out to you if there is a reason we cannot allow you to judge. Otherwise, set a reminder to head to your nearest participating dispensary upon the on-sale date!

How much does a judge kit cost?

For People’s Choice Editions, Judge kits will be priced based on the quantity of product that is entered into each category and may range in price per kit from $100-$300 depending on category and how many items are in that category-specific bag, plus the High Times Cannabis Cup Judge Backpack. For example, if Indica Flower gets 14 entries, the kit will cost about $140 for a High Times curated assortment of (14) 1g samples from the top growers in the state. We strive for below-market pricing so you always get a deal. We will know the amount of product and pricing per kit once Intake is over for each Cup.

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