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High Times Cannabis Cup Canceled On Second Day

On Sunday, another blow was dealt to the already disadvantaged High Times Las Vegas Cannabis Cup.
Lines to enter the cannabis cup on Saturday, March 4th.

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High Times Cannabis Cup Canceled On Second Day

On Sunday, another blow was dealt to the already disadvantaged High Times Las Vegas Cannabis Cup. Worried the outdoor venue couldn’t stand up to “dangerous” 40-60 mph winds, organizers released a statement that morning cancelling the day’s activities.

The cancellation is just one more disappointing setback for this year’s Nevada event. In February, the Department of Justice sent a letter of warning to the Moapa Paiute Tribe, which was hosting the event on their tribal lands, cautioning them about the implications of going against federal law by celebrating the state’s recently legalized recreational marijuana policy.

“To us, we’re looking at it as utilizing our sovereignty… as long as [marijuana] is not visible, we’re told it will be OK,” Tribal Chairman Darren Daboda told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The tribe is promoting it as a vendors’ crafts, food and concert event. We’re not promoting the distributor or selling [marijuana].”

After consulting with local and state authorities, High Times warned “vendors, guests, performers and attendees … to comply with applicable law concerning the distribution of cannabis in any amount at the event.” As a result, some redubbed the event the “no-cannabis Cannabis Cup.”

On Sunday, another blow was dealt to the already disadvantaged High Times Las Vegas Cannabis Cup.

Attendee Andrew McDonald told KLAS-TV that he thought High Times was foolish for prohibiting the sale of marijuana at the Cup.

“They’ve upset a lot of people,” he said. “Some of my friends were going to be vending here from Michigan. They spent a lot of money, and they went to a lot of trouble, and it all got canceled on them last minute. That isn’t the fault of the federal government those rules have been in place for a long time.”

After High Times Senior Cultivation Danny Danko posted the cancellation statement on Instagram, a number of followers responded. “Tell them to do the right thing and offer full refunds,” user @headclean replied. “I spent a lot of money on tickets and getting to this event for it to be cancelled. Fair enough weather issues which honestly ain’t so bad, but at least refund the tickets.”

Comments on the High Times Facebook page were less polite.

“This whole weekend has been a shitfest,” user Scott Wilson said. “I will never be to another High Times event.”

The next High Times Cannabis Cup takes place in Southern California in April. Vegas ticket holders can exchange their passes for the San Bernardino event.

TELL US, were you affected by the change in plans?



  1. Alicia

    April 14, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    The San bernadino Cup is coming up Next week and High Times hasn’t issued any type of exchange ticket. I would like Help from High Times Sooner Than the Day before or the day Of the Event in San Bernardino! How Am I supposed to plan out spending More money on Getting there if Y’all Haven’t said A DAMN WORD??!!

  2. Sean

    March 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    From NY..
    It Had potential.. a great experience for me & my +4 ..i just feel like VIP was oversold…changes id make are simple things like MORE FREE WATER,more tents, or sitting lounges ..more rugs my feet were dusty like a clay ..the green field was sweet….they did press some of our goods into oils ..shouts Rosin Tech great guys..we did leave early the first day before the concerts thinking we’d come back on the 2nd day learned it was canceled..we purchased shuttles ended up getting rides our fault ..rented car..took flights..flight was delayed for 6+ hours tg we made it back..overall In my opinion it was a carnival for adults with the name high times on it with rec ..rides would of been clutch..we ( 5 ) bought VIP thinking we were getting free bottle of water.. a rice crispy treat or a bag of chips a bag and greatful of course but comon..anyways we did legally bring our own stuff so it was eye opening..Vegas is sweet lot of beautiful classy grown people ..touristty vibe but cool ..hightimes 1 day 5/10 plus bonus for rec..6/10 ..Vegas for me 8/10
    .maybe it was me n my resources weren’t right..

  3. K Greenless

    March 6, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I am so disappointed in you High Times. For years you have been a promoter of cannabis culture and a positive voice for the legalization and protection of cannabis and its users. This past weekend you have shown weakness in the face of adversity and contempt for your loyal audience. You knew long ago that this event was heading towards disaster and you still sold tickets and promised to provide an experience worthy of the cost. Shame on you for going through with this. So many people forked over $420 for a “super VIP” weekend and all you gave them was a lousy gift bag and long lines! Not to mention the numerous vendors who shelled out thousands for a booth who I am sure are probably at a loss after this debacle! What is a cannabis cup without cannabis? It’s an overpriced, overrated concert that wasn’t worth the admission! The worst part of all of this? You haven’t even APOLOGIZED!!! You haven’t offered refunds, or partial refunds and when someone tries to contact you they get ignored! “You can trade your ticket for So-Cal”… What about those who traveled thousands of miles and spent thousands of dollars to get to THIS event? Are you going to pay for these people to get back to the other side of the country? I already know the answer… You could have taken this opportunity to stand up for what you claim to stand for and at the very least admit that you fucked up but you didn’t. You have really shown your true colors. Very sad.

  4. Adam Assenberg

    March 6, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I am a Medical Cannabis Patient in Washington State & for YEARS the High Times Cup has been a joke, that is why I don’t bother going anymore.

  5. Eric

    March 6, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    The list of High Times fuck ups over the last few years is amazing. Time for a new company to represent these events.

  6. greenpeace

    March 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    The POTUS=Chetto Is Having a WAR ON NATIVES. ..This event was outdoors, far from Vegas…….

  7. Pat

    March 6, 2017 at 10:20 am

    The high wind was forecasted Saturday when I purchased 2 VIP tickets and shuttle to the Event. My first. No notification til I arrived at the Shuttle downtown. Now you want me to drive to So calif. for another event. No Thank You. First time Shame on You. Second Time Shame On Me. This is my LAST.

  8. Troy

    March 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I think the author of this article is missing an opportunity to explorer the deeper roots of this story. I believe it’s not a coincidence the government made it a point to target an event that was organized and hosted by indigenous people using scare tactics. What’s more, I implore Ms. Cohen to do further research on how the government has been raiding Indigenous reservations and destroying their marijuana crops far more frequently than what is being reported. It is no secret that black, brown, red and any one else who fall outside the “dominate culture” has paid an enormous price for the possibility of legalization, and quite frankly, those stories need to be told on a much more frequent and in depth basis. Ms. Cohen, please pay attention to the upcoming San Bernardino event and if there are no threats from the government please take the time to investigate why, and I’m sure you will find some unsettling differences.

  9. Gabriel Davalos

    March 6, 2017 at 8:32 am

    It was the worse event I’ve been to in my life, so disappointed in my decision to attend.

  10. Andy Gathercole

    March 6, 2017 at 8:29 am

    This is Mr Trump flexing his muscles again. He must be getting desperate to want to interfer with people who just want to chill out and have a peaceful gathering. No stoner can ever be seen as a threat to authority. Maybe it’s just as I have suspected all along Mr T just hasn’t got a clue…!!?

  11. Joe

    March 6, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Ive been to the hight times cannabis cup in san bernardino, and Michigan already, i love vegas so naturally i wanted to be apart of this event, reserved my rental car, paid for my expensive flight and overpriced hotel rooms seeing that it was other thing going on in vegas, brought my cannabis cup tickets only to check into my hotel an find out it will be a dry event and then the 2nd day canceled, then to find out its no refund only an exchange to the one ive been to already….. just wasted money all around, high times im highly disappointed in you

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