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High Times 420 SoCal Cannabis Cup Event Denied Permit

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High Times 420 SoCal Cannabis Cup Event Denied Permit

The city of San Bernardino, California, has denied a Temporary Cannabis Event license for the High Times 420 SoCal Cannabis Cup.

Just in time for 420, the city of San Bernardino, California has voted to deny a Temporary Cannabis Event license for the High Times 420 SoCal Cannabis Cup, which is scheduled to take place at the city’s NOS Events Center this weekend.

High Times CEO Adam Levin took the news in stride; High Times is still formulating an official public response, but in an exclusive statement to Cannabis Now, Levin focused on the future.

“The new regulations of the cannabis world provide new hurdles to overcome,” he said. “High Times looks forward to continuing to pioneer this new world and work with the state and municipalities to put on legal events around the world.”

Levin added that the event will still take place, with all scheduled food options and musical guests but no cannabis.

The denial came down through a unanimous vote by the San Bernardino City Council after a quasi-judicial hearing that saw council members raise concerns about the legality of permitting an event three days beforehand when state law calls for at least 60 days between the event and the application for a permit. Ultimately the council decided that, even if they did approve the event, it would still be in violation of state law.

The motion to deny the permit was made by San Bernardino Council Member John Valdivia and seconded by Council Member Virginia Marquez — it passed 6-0.

Marquez expressed frustration that the permit was being requested so close to the event date.

“I feel like my hands are tied on this because it’s being shoved down our throats at the very last minute and I don’t like that,” she said. “Why are you coming to us three days before the event?”

Why Was The High Times 420 SoCal Cannabis Cup Denied A Permit?

A representative from High Times apologized for the late filing and said confusion about the new process led the company to handle the filing through the Bureau of Cannabis Control at the state level before approaching the city. They also assumed that their previous relationship with the NOS Center would more or less ensure permit approval.

That was ultimately not the case; the entire council agreed that the permit would violate state law.

Council Member Bessine L. Richard said she and the rest of the council want to work with these kinds of events, but that given the circumstances they simply could not approve the permit.

“In the game of dominoes, not all money is good money,” Richard said. “This is money for the city, but it isn’t good money… [High Times’] has attorneys and they need to keep up with the law.”

Details are still emerging, but when asked how law enforcement would address the situation, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the department would definitely have a presence.

“Undoubtedly we’re still going to have to staff it and police it, because there are people coming to town.”

Deputy City Attorney Steven Graham said the city would only shut the event down as a last resort, but the option is still on the table.

“I can tell you that shutting down the event would be the most drastic step the city would take because of the user impact it would have on the attendees of the event who bought tickets in good faith, on the police department which would use significant manpower and the city which would likely then be engaged in costly litigation to follow,” Graham said. “It’s not to say it’s something we wouldn’t be prepared to do, but it’s a final resort.” 

TELL US, would you attend a Cannabis Cup that did not have cannabis consumption or sales?



  1. Shjt

    April 20, 2018 at 7:55 am

    That’s like going to Coachella concert and nobody shows up Hi Time magazine is at fault they had a whole year to get the shit in order

  2. Johnny apple seed

    April 20, 2018 at 7:53 am

    It’s still on but as an “Entertainment /food festival”. Police presence will be noticed.

  3. Lisa

    April 20, 2018 at 6:16 am

    I want a full refund i was going to this event to get information and medication for my multiple sclerosis. This is not okay

  4. Vincent

    April 19, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I most definitely want a full refund. I flew out here from Ohio. We have rap concerts and petting zoo’s in Ohio that I can go to. Plus it’s my freakin Birthday Sunday. The only day I was going. High Times gets 3thumbs down on this bs.

  5. Tyler Durden

    April 19, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    For those who want a full refund. If you paid by card. Dispute the transaction. If you paid by cash hire a lawyer and be ready to wait years for a non guaranteed possible refund. Good luck guys! This isn’t the first time this has happened with this company. Happened in Portland Oregon a few years ago.

  6. Kat

    April 19, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I would like a refund. This is some bullshit.

  7. Ruben Guerrero

    April 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Call your Credit Card company and report False Advertisement, I already did to mine and they disputed the transaction.

    Screw High Crimes and their greedy CEO sleeping behind the wheel, I bought my VIP tickets to network with the vendors and sample their product, NOT for a petting zoo and lazer tag.


  8. Kelsey

    April 19, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    So where are the refunds? Now this is just a shitty rap concert that I don’t want to attend! Why aren’t refunds a possibility? I was sold one thing and because of the incompetence of the organizers the event is not what it was promised to be when I purchased my ticket. Who is stupid enough to think that permits are just going to be approved because it was last year? I mean really?

  9. High Moon

    April 19, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    We are not attending this or any HIGH TIMES EVENT PERIOD. Full Refund!!!!

  10. Brenda Valenzuela

    April 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I want a refund

  11. Paul shame

    April 19, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    High times was not prepared and took everyone’s money in advance, but had no time to make sure permits were in place? What a joke. Everyone needs to contact their credit cards and dispute the charge for a full refund for fraud.

  12. NotASmoker

    April 19, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Cannabis cup with no cannabis. But they tell you “it’s ok, we’ll still have laser tag and a petting zoo!” Yeah, those things are totally equivalent. If they don’t issue refunds, I think it might be the end of High Times. There are going to be some infuriated people.

  13. Natia

    April 19, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Well there is always the Joint by Love Cannabis Wedding Launch Event. We have some wonderful vendors to show how to incorporate cannabis to your special private event. No cannabis will be sold but ideas will be there

  14. Diana Gonzalez

    April 19, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    No, I would not attend a cannabis cup that didn’t allow sales and consumption. I purchased tickets and have requested a refund. Please refund us

  15. T. D. V.

    April 19, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I want a full refund, including the Eventbrite additional service fee!!!

  16. [email protected]

    April 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

    there’s an old proverb….to assume is to make an ass out of you and me. How incredibly incompetent does one organization have to be to “assume” they would not or maybe need a permit???

  17. Roger

    April 19, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Sounds like HT screwed up big time – I hope next year they file the application on time!

    • Shjt

      April 20, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Fuck next year be the same thing

  18. Shannon Edwards

    April 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

    My girlfriend and I have spent well over $300 on this event and now days before were being told there will not be marijuana on premisses and it might get shut down? Fuk you San Bernardino.

    • Abe

      April 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      If you read the article, you can see its the event promotors fault, not the city.

    • Shjt

      April 20, 2018 at 7:51 am

      No not the HTM is at fault

  19. Raoul Duke

    April 19, 2018 at 8:54 am

    is it cancelled or just going forward as a concert…they need to decide and issue refunds now!

    • Johnny

      April 19, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Concert. They’re not going to cancel it altogether.

  20. Joy L Delaluna

    April 19, 2018 at 7:11 am

    I am extremely upset this event has been cancelled. I was supposed to work at this event and bring home decent pay. I was really counting on the money to pay my bills and food for the rest of the month and into next month. I am between jobs right now, and this was really going to help me financially until my other job starts in about 2 or 3 weeks.

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