Every November, connoisseurs swarm the frozen streets of Amsterdam looking for the newest, most innovative high around. For twenty-five years the New York-based magazine, High Times, has sponsored the Cannabis Cup ® right here in Amsterdam. The 25th Annual High Time’s Cannabis Cup ® is scheduled from Sunday, 18 November to Thursday, 22 November 2012. Judges come from all over the world to sample our homegrown delights.
Festivities take place everyday from 13:30 to ~18:00. Expo and panels are held at Amsterdam Roest, Jacob Bontiusplaats 1. Music events are held at the Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234 every night (times vary).
You can be a judge. Early bird presales are over but you can purchase a judge’s pass at the door for €250 (cash only). Single day passes are available for €50 each. Judge’s passes include admission to all the ceremonies, concerts, seminars, and the expo for four days, an event t-shirt, a program guide, free bus tours to and from the expo locations, and (of course) the Right to Vote.
SUNDAY: Danny Danko opens the Cup with a cultivation seminar led by international cultivation experts. Wernard Bruining discusses oils. Founder of the High Times Cannabis Cup ®, Steve Hager, greets judges and holds the opening ceremonies. Robert Connell Clarke invites you to learn about the evolutionary history and modern taxonomy of cannabis. Evening events at Old Hall at the Melkweg: DJ Lone Strijker and DJ Martin Augustin (Doors open 21:00/Showtime 22:00).
MONDAY: Danny Danko moderates a panel of experts and records a live episode of the Free Weed podcast. Nol van Schaik talks about the controversial Weedpass of Holland and the future of marijuana tourism in the Netherlands. After Bubbleman at 4:20 (yes!), learn about growing your own medicine sponsored by Swerve of the Cali Connection. Evening events at Max the Melkweg: Ghostface Killah (of Wu Tang Clan); N.O.R.E. (of Capone and Noreaga); DJ Scram Jones (Doors open 20:00/Showtime 21:30). Max at the Melkweg: (Vexisle); Shamanic Technology; Spenghead (Doors open 21:00/Showtime 22:00).
TUESDAY: Danny Danko hosts another panel of cultivation experts and records an episode of the Free Weed podcast. Soma Seeds guru, Soma, gives insights into his unique cannabis experience. At 4:20 meet Miss High Times 2012 Emily Aryn. Then, Don & Aaron of DNA Genetics talk about their most popular strains. Evening events at the Old Hall at the Melkweg: T.H.Seeds/Hoodlamb presents PhatToonzday: Fun Loving Criminals DJ set, Fast & Frank plus special guests; DJ Adi-J Bassground; Hoodlamb Rebel Soundsystem; DJ Gibbo; Cheeky Monkey; Hoodlamb Fashion Show (Doors open 20:00/Showtime 21:00).
WEDNESDAY: Freedom Fighter of the Year, Mason Tvert, talks about winning Colorado and speculates on the future of cannabis legislation in the United States. Arjan examines the success of the Green House cannabis empire. At 4:20, get the latest information about growing your own medical cannabis from Remo, the Urban Grower. Then, get the munchies with Elise McDonough, author of The High Times Cannabis Cookbook and master of cannabis cuisine. Evening events at Max at the Melkweg: Doom in the ‘Dam featuring MF Doom and special guests (Doors open 20:00/Showtime 21:00).
THURSDAY: The “Hash Queen of Amsterdam,” Mila, presents “Concentrates versus Hashish.” T.H.Seeds’ Adam Dunn presents “Hemp Genesis 101.” At 21:00 at the Melkweg, Steve Hager will be inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame at the Cannabis Cup ® Awards ceremony. Evening events at Max at the Melkweg: Styles P., N.O.R.E. and DJ Scram Jones (Doors open 20:00/Showtime 21:00).
By Penny Dyres for Amsterdo