the HIGH TIMES 2016 Medical Cannabis Cup - A Live Cannabis experience! 

Join us October 8th and 9th at the NOS Center in San Bernardino for the HIGH TIMES 2016 Medical Cannabis Cup. 

HIGH TIMES taught the world to grow, and now we're giving you a live cannabis experience, featuring a live grow room, "Roll to the Polls" pavilion, dab rig exposition, topical massage spa, kitchen demos, vape pen clinic and so much more! 

Interested in Volunteering? Work in exchange for a ticket to the 2016 Medical Cannabis Cup! Apply HERE

Special Thanks to our Premier Sponsors: Powered by Kush, Higher Vision, FlavRx, Atomik, Advanced Nutrients, Cali Connection, Downtown Patients Collective, Nameless, Mally Elite, Greenwolf, Cannasutra and New Amsterdam Naturals

Event Experiences 

The Medical Cannabis Cup will feature the first-ever, onsite HIGH TIMES living grow room! Stop to smell the flowers—live and real—and see what most have only seen in the pages of HIGH TIMES. Like stepping into a HT photo shoot, experience the set-up, lights and plants, as HIGH TIMES' favorite grow experts Danny Danko and Nico Escondido lead you on a tour of the garden, including time for discussions, questions and answers. Top growers will give demonstrations on nutrients, lighting, room conditions, harvesting and more!

Check Out The Live Grow Room Experience Schedule

Live Grow Room 360 Online View

Live Grow Room

360 Online View

Nico's Nuggets LIVE Live Cultivating through the Plant's Stages

Nico's Nuggets LIVE

Live Cultivating through the Plant's Stages

Danko Cultivation Breakout Q&A with Sr. Cultivation Editor Danny Danko

Danko Cultivation Breakout
Q&A with Sr. Cultivation Editor Danny Danko

With one month until the 2016 election, the Medical Cannabis Cup will host the HIGH TIMES “Roll to the Polls” Pavilion to shine a spotlight on marijuana legalization. Here, you’ll find a rally stage for activists, panels on legal and veterans issues, non-profit exhibitors and the opportunity to hear from government representatives. Learn everything you need to know about marijuana legalization initiatives around the country, including California’s AUMA, then pledge (and register!) to cast your vote in local and federal elections.

Rally Stage

Rally Stage

Veterans

Veterans

Voting

Voting

The marijuana movement is continually evolving, and the Medical Cannabis Cup will put you at the forefront of the latest studies, technology and industry trends. Learn about the healing properties of CBD and THC at a medical research seminar; get behind-the-scenes scoop on the science of lab testing; and explore new technology at our vape pen clinic. More interested in the expanding economic opportunities? Cannabusiness breakout sessions will be offered at all levels, along with jobs panels and a bud tender workshop.  

Inside Testing Lab Science

Inside Testing Lab Science

 Jobs Panels

 Jobs Panels

Vape Pen Clinic

Vape Pen Clinic

The Future of Rolling

Shatter, wax, oil, crumble, sap, budder—concentrates. Call them what you want (consistency aside), dabbing is one of our favorite ways to get high, and we want to spread that love. The Medical Cannabis Cup will feature rosin press demonstrations, a dab rig exposition and even glass blowing! Not to mention, 710-inspired panels and seminars will offer grow tips for extract artists, touching on all types of concentrates.

Rosin Press

Rosin Press

Concentrates Panel & Seminar

Concentrates Panel & Seminar

Dab Rig Exposition

Dab Rig Exposition

The Medical Cannabis Cup will also highlight the versatility of marijuana. Even if you choose not to smoke or vape, you can still benefit from our favorite herb’s healing properties. Get relaxed at our topical massage spa and chow down with curated edible cuisine pairings. Looking to learn? Attend a tinctures workshop, an infused topical class and kitchen demos with HIGH TIMES’ edibles editor Elise McDonough. 

Topical Massage Spa

Topical Massage Spa

Edible Cuisine Pairing

Edible Cuisine Pairing

Kitchen Demos with Edibles Editor Elise McDonough

Kitchen Demos

with Edibles Editor Elise McDonough

Latest News

Performers Announced for the LA Kush Stage at the 2016 Medical Cannabis Cup—A Live Cannabis Experience

Mel Frank to Receive HIGH TIMES Dr. Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Cannabis Freedom

Mel Frank is the pen name of James J. Goodwin, born in Massachusetts in 1944. Goodwin served as a shipboard electronics technician in the U.S. Navy from 1963-1967. Upon completion of service, he moved to New York City, where he began growing marijuana in 1968. 

After writing a cannabis cultivation article for Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, he co-authored the 1974 publication of the Marijuana Growers' Indoor/Outdoor Guide. Three years later, in 1977, he co-authored and photographed the groundbreaking Marijuana Grower's Guide Deluxe. The Deluxe brought the reality of home growing into public awareness and spurred widespread interest in personal marijuana production. Several generations later, growing techniques are far more sophisticated, but the current understanding, terminology and general strategies for growing—such as stages of growth, photoperiod manipulation, pre-flowering, cloning and rejuvenation—were first described in the Deluxe.

When HIGH TIMES magazine began in 1974, Frank was the first to answer readers' questions, and he followed by contributing dozens of photographs and articles that helped establish HIGH TIMES as the leading resource magazine for growers. He's the longest continuous contributing writer/photographer for HIGH TIMES magazine, and the information and photos he has shared over the years have had a profound and lasting impact on cannabis culture. In 1977, at government request, he donated nine diverse landraces with seeds and samples to the U.S. government marijuana research program at its facility at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He also donated two varieties he developed, Afghani #1 and Durban Poison, which, along with Haze, Hindu Kush and Skunk #1 from other California breeders, became the basis for the commercial seed industry in Amsterdam.

In 1988, Frank founded Red Eye Press and their first publication was Frank's Marijuana Grower's Insider's Guide. He updated the Deluxe in 1990 and again in 1997. The Deluxe and Insider have sold over a million copies combined and have been translated into several languages. Frank also wrote the Introduction for Robert Connell Clarke's Marijuana Botany, published in 1981 and, while Frank was judging at the 1996 HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, Clarke offered his manuscript on hashish. Frank edited, contributed photographs and published Clarke's seminal tome HASHISH! in 1998, changing the face of marijuana concentrate science and production. 

Mel Frank's many contributions to cannabis and concentrate production technology as a journalist, grower, breeder and educator are impossible to measure but largely responsible for the home growing and concentrate revolution that has occurred over the last five decades. He is still consulting and advising cannabis companies, as well as providing photos and content for magazines and books. Follow him on Instagram @melfrank420

HIGH TIMES is proud to present our Dr. Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award to James J. Goodwin, better known as Mel Frank.