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Sweet 16 in Michigan!
The HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup is returning to the Great Lakes State. In fact, this is the sixteenth Cup that we’ve mounted in America. Up until 2010, the Cannabis Cup was only held in Amsterdam. But with the rapidly changing legal landscape for marijuana in the US, we brought the Cup to our homeland.
The Cannabis Cup is an event designed to promote our fledgling industry. Our aim is to showcase the businesses and the people who are stoking the fires of cannabis commerce. The event is a moment when we can take stock of our industry – a time to look around, exchange ideas and prepare for the future battles ahead.
We’ve already seen what legalization can do in Colorado, where recreational cannabis is already legal. In Denver, the Cannabis Cup has been a staggering success with 40,000-plus attending, all reveling in our newfound freedom.
In the years to come, we want to see huge industry trade shows in all of our 50 states.
But on this weekend, let’s concentrate on making Michigan the marijuana powerhouse it should be. The foundation has been laid. Let’s start building the house!
We are proud to announce that WYCLEF JEAN will perform Saturday night at the venue at 8pm.
Saturday, July 26
“The American Veteran and Cannabis”
Veterans discuss the benefits of cannabis and the current scandal of veteran health care.
Bobby Black (moderator) HIGH TIMES
Steven Jacob Lull, veteran/co-founder of Green Union
Dakota Blue Serna, veteran/co-founder of Green Union
HIGH TIMES presents "Free Weed from Danny Danko" featuring DJ Short
Russ Belville presents “Marijuana Civil Rights: How marijuana is actually the exception to the concept of Constitutional rights.”
“Medical Marijuana in Michigan”
A discussion of important legislative and judicial changes to medical marijuana law.
Jamie Lowell (moderator) Americans for Safe Access
Rick Thompson, journalist/activist
David Peters, attorney/medical professional
Michael Komorn, attorney
Robin Schneider, National Patients Rights Association
Sunday, July 27
“The Art of Edibles”
Learn how to create potent, consistent cannabis-infused foods from industry leaders.
Elise McDonough (moderator), HIGH TIME
Jake, High-Yet Foods
Steve Green, MedHead
Brian Shotwell, chef
Claude “The Candyman,” Sweetstone Candy
Nico Escondido presents “Beginner Grow Tips for Indoor Cultivation: Get Growing Now!”
“Ending The War on Us”
Michigan families are still under attack from law enforcement, legislators and prosecutors for marijuana “crimes.”
Rick Thompson (moderator)
Ashley Duval, activist
Maria Green, Free Bree Foundation
Josey Scoggin, Sons & Daughters United
Charmie Gholson, Michigan Moms United
“Michigan’s Legal Landscape”
What actions are being taken in Michigan to legalize?
Charmie Gholson (moderator), Michigan Moms United
Charles “Chuck” Ream, Safer Michigan Coalition
Jeff Irwin, Michigan State Representative
Thomas Lavigne, attorney
Bruce Leach, attorney
Lifetime Achievement Award: “Charles “Chuck” Ream
Ask anyone in Michigan who the most revered Michigan activist is and they’ll answer without a hitch: “Chuck Ream.” Chuck is a tireless advocate for cannabis, exhibiting more energy and enthusiasm for the cause than activists a third his age.
Born in Three Rivers, MI in 1946, he was a child who read books, played sports and grew plants. He was lucky to go to high school in Australia, where he was forced to take academics seriously. He holds three university degrees, graduating magna cum laude as an undergraduate. He taught kindergarten in Monroe, MI for 33 years, a profession which he loved and often longs to return. He is married and has three exemplary adult children.
Chuck was elected five times as a trustee of Scio Township (both as a Republican and as a Democrat. In 2004 he “retired” to lead the Ann Arbor medical marijuana campaign to victory; 3 out of 4 voters said “yes.” Since then he has led or funded a number of other citywide victories, particularly in Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti. He formed the Safer Michigan Coalition to unite all of Michigan’s toughest and most effective cannabis activists.
Chuck partnered with Tim Beck to create the Safer Michigan Coalition. He says, that in 2014 “We plan to seal the doom of cannabis prohibition with up to 18 local Michigan victories.”
For his stalwart advocacy and energetic spirit, it is our honor to present Charles “Chuck” Ream with the HIGH TIMES Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award.
What is a Cannabis Cup?
It's a two-day trade show/EXPO incorporating vendor booths in the main building of Auto City Speedway, with an extended outdoor component for additional vendor booths.
Inside booths range from glassware and clothing to grow equipment and artwork. Inside also features three seminars per day either in a sectioned off area off the main floor or in a private "theater" like setting. The seminar topics include legalization regulations featuring experts, current political issues, grow seminars with HIGH TIMES editors as well as a cooking seminar from our own Cannabis Cookbook author.
The outdoor component is typically a fenced off area with privacy screening, not visible to the general public. Medicating (smoking) is allowed in this area for those with a valid medical card and a picture ID (for medical states). Visitors are wrist banded for entry. Security is posted to assure these regulations are followed.
No selling or distributing of cannabis is allowed.
There is Saturday night entertainment typically starting @ 8PM and lasting till @ 11PM. Either at the venue or in another venue if room does not allow.
The entire event is protected by outside hired security. Every security company we're hired for these events has stated that we have the most polite and respectful attendees of any events they work (including sporting events, concerts etc.).