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World Renowned Cannabis Cup Fest in Trouble — Despite Legal Weed, Colorado Shutting it Down

(WTF NEWS) – Denver’s 2016 Cannabis Cup is in trouble after a local Colorado county denied a necessary permit to the event’s organizers, High Times magazine.

The Cannabis Cup is a multi-day festival featuring a trade show for businesses and an international celebration of cannabis held yearly on 4/20 in cannabis-friendly areas, finding consistent support in Denver in recent years.

Tuesday, commissioners of Adams County denied the event permit for a popular facility called Denver Merchandise Mart, which is not in Denver city limits but is part of the Denver metro area. Denver Mart has been the most ideal location for the festival that attracted as many as 35,000 visitors a day, which needs indoor space for many vendors and outdoor areas for crowd control to maintain safety.

The commissioners unanimously denied the Denver Mart a permit for the April 16-20 event citing safety concerns from many law enforcement officials. The officials claimed that at last year’s festival, too many people were sampling cannabis products publicly. The key complaint from law enforcement was that High Times and Denver Mart had not addressed the issue of on-site public consumption of pot, which is still illegal in Colorado.

Commissioners also noted that last year’s crowd at the event exceeded 15,000, the number that fire officials have said is a safe number of people for the site. Event planners told the commission that new rules had been planned for this year to control crowd size, capping attendace at 15,000 daily visitors. The commission was unimpressed and noted lingering issues from 2 years ago which hadn’t been fixed. Traffic and pedestrians are also a problem at the site in large numbers such as last year’s Cannabis Cup’s attendance.

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High Times has yet to publicly comment and representatives have not responded to requests for comment. The Colorado Cannabis Cup is High Times’ flagship event and one of the biggest cannabis events in the world.

The problem also highlights a continuing issue in Colorado which has been subject to political infighting. Public consumption of marijuana is illegal and consumption in private businesses is prohibited. Many have been advocating for licensing private businesses to allow consumption on-site. While marijuana is legal on private property, businesses cannot allow consumption while open to the public. Private events are used as a way to circumvent the legal status which prevents businesses from allowing cannabis and alcohol consumption as part of regular business. Many popular marijuana clubs have been shut down since the legalization for sale in 2014.

Tourists and locals alike have very few gathering places to consume. Tourists who visit Colorado and purchase cannabis have no place to legally consume usually as hotels and other venues cannot allow it.

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    • Nice one.

    • Then why osnt alcohol a gateway drug to weed? Cigarrettes a gateway drug to alcohol. It isnt legal because the govt is still trying to figure out how to tax it. So many growers and dealers who are off the radar and that wont buy senator reid his new vacation home.

    • Donna McGregor We mentioned this the other day about all those stoners who get the munchies!

    • Alcohol and ciggerets are the gateway drugs, that and wanting to escape the huge clusterfuck this reality has become.

  • We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

    Abraham Lincoln

  • We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

    Abraham Lincoln

  • shalom cannabis is a herb it is lawful 16Am Jur 2d., Const. Law Sec. 70:
    “No public policy of a state can be allowed to override the positive guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.”

  • Well darn Colorado guess you don’t like all that money you are getting smh

  • Owen v. Independence 100 Vol. Supreme Court Reports. 1398:(1982)
    Main v. Thiboutot 100 Vol. Supreme Court Reports. 2502:(1982)
    “The right of action created by statute relating to deprivation under color of law, of a right secured by the constitution and the laws of the United States and comes claims which are based solely on statutory violations of Federal Law and applied to the claim that claimants had been deprived of their rights, in some capacity, to which they were entitled.”
    “Officers of the court have no immunity when violating constitutional right, from liability”

    (When any public servant violates your rights they do so at their own peril.)

    Title 18 sect 2381 – Capitol Felony Treason:
    “In the presents of two or more witnesses of the same overt act, or in a open court of law, if you fail to timely move to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and honor your oath of office, you are subject to the charge of capital felony treason.”

    Title 18 US Code Sec. 241 & Sec. 242:
    “If upon conviction, you are subject to a $10,000.00 fine, ten years in jail, or both, and if theft results, life in prison.”

  • Would that not be catering to law-enforcement, for every person they Catch smoking in public they could give them a ticket that’s what it’s all about anyway is revenue for the department

  • Statutes, Acts, Ordinances and Codes ARE NOT LAWS

  • why do government officials….duh they are paid whores of big pharma and the alcohol lobby both of whom are going to lose BILLIONS if and when pot is legalized…

  • natural law and natural rights god’s law is above man’s law john locke

  • of the word “legal” is “color of law,” a term which Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, defines as:

    Color of law. The appearance or semblance, without the substance, of legal right. Misuse of power, possessed by virtue of state law and made possible only because wrongdoer is clothed with authority of state, is action taken under “color of law.” Black’s Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, page 241.

    The phrase “law of the land” and the “law of the people” are mentioned in this definition; this is an important point to remember as the Magna Carta upholds and supports this law of the land or law of the people and is often called “Common Law”.

    Legalese is a kind of long-winded jargon used by lawyers which it is difficult to understand. Contracts, insurance policies, and guarantees are among the documents in which you may find it. It is meant to mystify and confuse the layman and is used by those wishing to exercise control over us and to enforce a system that has become corrupt.

    The legal system depends on legalese to convince us that their processes are lawful and must be obeyed – this is not true

  • Because they want to sell you those man made drugs instead… Pretty simple.

  • Because they’re afraid everyone will be too stoned to give any f****. Thus they will not need government to save them from the current bogeyman or contrived crisis

    • If they were smart, truly intelligent they would want everyone over the age of 16 stoned 24/7. Then the government (people) themselves wouldn’t need to be so intolerant and PARANOID of the average American.

  • Because they are fucking with there money man!

  • Shitty af.

  • Because cops have nothing better to do.

  • Ha haa….Land of the free

  • Distractions. …

  • Because their homies aren’t ready to monopolize yet.

  • Maybe the people who decide the laws make too much on the black market,tax free cash?

  • Freedom and liberty are most despised by the government in the land of the free, with liberty and justice for all.

  • Why are they still fighting this? Its over. Give up. Its pot. If you dont like it, dont go to the cup.. durh. I dont like opera but you dont see me trying to stop them from expressing themselves and enjoying their freedom to do what they want.. grr I need a bowl now

  • Too much money to lose…

  • one reason

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    the key to Islam:

    about prophet muhammed pbuh:

    this is truth “scientific”:

  • You’re baiting us again…everyone knows why

  • anon ymous

    One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. – Martin Luther King Jr.

  • anon ymous

    Have your festival people. Don’t let them oppress you.

  • Corporations and tobacco companies coming forth with money lining the pockets of corrupt politicians :p is all money and who controls it :p

  • Its not the government,….. Its the big Pharma….. Get your Facts straight…

    • Really….You don’t think they’re all in bed together Hasan….They’re all whores to money!!

    • You just put it ina different way…

  • Because Marijuana is a “de-programmer”. It would be absolute Anarchistic Chaos if we all could “see”.

  • Because we let them

  • Reefer Madness sold the masses to try to make the plant extinct.

  • It is the law enforcement litmus test

  • because this would become a happy community…happy communities do not need law enforcement, govt officials and the like. a happy community means empty jails. all of law enforcement is going to need to be re-trained into this post-cannabis future. crime will decrease, people will be in good moods so less domestic disturbances etc.

  • Dude why do people have to make such a spectical. If they had been more low key other states would be more likely to allow legalization. Dudes dressed in pot leaf suits on rollar skates and half naked women with pot leaf pasties handing out edibles. These things will frighten conservatives and give liberals someone to point at. The cannabis legalization movt. Needs the ” brown bag” . keep it chill,low key amd as underground as possible until everywhere has legalized/ decrim. Then we can start rolling giant 10 lb joints and pass em round the town green.

    • During the Nixon election a friend and I went sat in voting booth shut the curtain lit up a joint then ate the remains and voted. Defiance…everyone is carded and documented in the dispensary so when a cop runs your license/plate they know before they come up to your car. Alcohol card no record. Medical patients have no medicine available because recreational brings larger revenue. I ‘tbeen using for over 45 years it is a gateway to understanding not to other drugs. To use with other drugs changes their effects such as alcohol it take the false illusion of control. You don’t drive faster…slower more cautious…unless your a beginner you will display paranoia or just go to sleep. No low key after all be gay or cross dress they have parades. what ever makes the bucks

  • Too much money and jobs would be lost if the drug on war ends

  • They are payed ignorant buffoons

  • Whitey Jack

    Coming to Pueblo Colorado now yea!!!!!!!!

  • But beer fest would be fine?!

  • Dirt McDirt

    Civil Disobedience! Fuck the Commissioners of Adams County Colorado and blow smoke in their faces, what can they do in the age of technology when their actions will be instantly seen by millions if they cause direct conflict with a peaceful participants there will be nowhere for them to hide from the Public backlash. Don’t get angry, get high!

  • Cam Alft

    they just hate pot smokers….period!(even though i would guess they all or most have done it,or doing it,or are selling it)yes im talking about the cops!!

  • Debauchery should always be discouraged. I smoke pot and I disapprove of partying. Lot’s of bad decisions with long term repercussions ensue from these things. It creates a butterfly effect that exponentially impacts the public at large negatively. But I wouldn’t ban it. Maybe just limit the space and number of participants allowed to attend to minimize the impact while letting the babies have their bottle.

  • Sorry about your luck you smelly ass hippies cut your an get a dam job.

    • There aren’t many dams in Colorado. It’s probably hard to get a dam job.

    • And cut their what? Wrists? Hair?