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. VIP doors open at 11:30 a.m. and GA doors open at Noon.
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!
And not to mention an incredible lineup of musical artists—featuring performances on the LA Kush Stage by DJ Snoopadelic, Juicy J, Gunz Lozano, Deadly Hash, Smoke Deville, 2 Live Crew, Trey Dee, Mally Mall, Casino The G, Suga Free, GJ Quik and many 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 and New Amsterdam Naturals.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The "Taste of Cannabis" Chef Competition
Within the MagicalButter Edibles Village at the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup, a new competition is brewing, one that challenges top cannabis chefs to create their best dishes in a fast-paced, head-to-head battle to determine whose flavors are the freshest and whose techniques are the most refined and innovative.
The first of its kind, the “Taste of Cannabis” Chef Competition invites four chefs to face off in preliminary rounds on Saturday, and those winners will move on to the ultra-competitive final battle on Sunday to determine who will win the title of “Champion Cannabis Chef.”
This "scientist turned chef" started his culinary journey about 2.5 years ago, after he departed the health field. Being a Youtube self-taught chef, Cheftofer learned to leverage new age digital tools to distribute his passion. Since then, he has been featured on Food Network, built a culinary incubator, hosted over 50 popups and is currently building a cannabis infused fine dining underground restaurant, called PopCultivate. IG: @popcultivate and @cheftopher
DJ Chef Fred
In 2009, Chef Fred was inspired by Lolly and Vicki, two cancer patients who were diabetic that needed relief with edibles. They said, “I can’t find anything at the collectives that doesn’t contain high amounts of sugar and processed food like cookies and brownies.” Chef Fred started cannabiscatering.com to fill that need for patients looking for real nutrition while getting relief.
Chef Fred has made a name in the industry helping patients all through out California and the U.S. His work has been published on HIGHTIMES.com, Vegas Cannabis Magazine, Kush Magazine, Chronic Magazine, Playboy Magazine and TV, National Geographic, Fast Company, Thrillist.com, Chow, SF Chronicle, GrubStreet and CBS National News. IG: @djcheffred
Currently the executive chef and co-founder of The Crafted Chef, Justin spent the last five years traveling and working with the world's best chefs. Offering Michelin-quality food infused with medicinal cannabis, he is using his skills not to get rich but to help the world by donating a percentage of profits from meals to cancer research. IG: @Craftedchef
With over 40 years combined, Marcus and sous chef Travis Farnham at Soul Sugar Kitchens are putting a new twist on edibles. From greasy spoons, to five star cuisine, they know food and want to bring this experience to you! Their tasteless distillate will have you guessing where the cannabis is, but their products provide the fastest, most effective cannabis experience. IG: @ediblesbymarcus
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.