Cannabis Cups Are Big Money, But Kushstock 3 Keeps It Free

Cannabis Cups have become a big money hustle for companies looking to cash in on the green rush, but while other festivals are raising their prices, Kushstock is still a literal free-for-all.


Next weekend will see the National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino, California host the third installment of Kushstock, the free SoCal pot fest.

With its third go, expect Kushstock to be bigger and better than ever before; the first two events saw 3,600 and 7,200 attendees respectively and over 16,000 people have already registered for the monster one day event — early miscommunications had plugged it for two days.

Kushtock Producer Dr. K. said free entry is central to the festival’s essence.

“We started organically in 2016, geared towards the people with a commitment that Kushstock always will be free,” he said.

The massive pot party will be open to anyone over the age of eighteen, and an ID from any state in the union will get you in. Once on-site, you will need a valid doctor’s recommendation to purchase cannabis. But once cannabis is in your possession, it yours to do with as you please.

Bottom line: you can definitely puff at Kushstock without a rec, but you can’t legally buy anything to puff. However, numerous doctors will be on site if the available wares prove too enticing to resist.

And you’ll probably want to get that rec. The Kushstock vendor lineup hosts an array of SoCal’s most popular brands and a few more killers making the trip down from up north. Attendees can expect to see a swath of some of the world’s finest flowers and concentrates.

Live resin and cake badder king’s Moxie will be in attendance with their always top shelf extracts; the Kind Center will have its ultra premium Sumo Tangie in the mix and the folks at Quail Extracts will be premiering a new phenotype of Apricot they’ve recently propagated, which is said to be top-notch.

Dr. K said the famed cultivators at Nameless Genetics will also have some special drops ready for Kushstock.

“We’re going to have some NorCal people too,” he said. “People like Lemon Tree and Cookies.”

The free musical offerings will be headlined by 2 Chainz, with the Long Beach Dub Allstars providing support. Much of the lineup will consist of SoCal Reggae acts like Synergy, Primitive and Irie Nature.

“We’re trying to support local artists,” Dr. K said.

The event will also feature a glass blowing competition and live demonstrations. The contest has no entry fee and there will be three different competitions with themes chosen by the public. Participants will have 5 hours to create their best work. The list of names for the glass event is solid and includes Jason Hatfield, Kevin Bergesson, Avery York, and Zam.

When we had the chance to watch Zam Compete at CHAMPS Glass Games Masters Invitational, she had two seven-hour days to work on her entry. We asked her what she thinks it will be like to work on the tighter timeline provided by Kushstock.

“Well the difference is nine hours,” Zam said. “The challenge is to plan something that is simple enough it can be created — and complex enough to wow — on the spot.”

While Kushstock entry is free to the masses, there is a pretty dank VIP pack available for $200. It includes one gram of Loudpack Extracts, one eighth of Paris OG Flower, a Tarantula Preroll from Ganja Gold, edibles from Binka Treats, a one day ticket to Chalice and a ticket to HempCon’ “Heart of Nature” music festival in Santa Rosa this march, which will feature the Marleys.

The ticket pays for itself, but most importantly, it lets you judge the competition aspect of Kushstock.

With all the hype surrounding Kushstock 3, Dr K assures us this not the last time you’ll be seeing the event at the NOS Event center.

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Jimi Devine has been involved in the cannabis movement since 2005, and joined the industry full time in 2009 after moving to the Bay Area from Boston. He currently works with Smell the Truth on SFGate,The Hash Podcast, and was involved in the organization of New West Summit in San Francisco last Fall. His writings on cannabis products and policy have been seen in The Boston Globe, SFGate, The Hill, The Chronicle of Higher Education, StopTheDrugWar.org, and HailMaryJane.com.

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