Winners of the 2015 HIGH TIMES NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup!
FREE Bus Shuttle
FREE Bus Shuttles from the Balboa Park BART Station (401 Geneva Ave) to the COW Palace will start running Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and run till 11:00 p.m. They will also run Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. Wheelchair accessible.
Steel Pulse to Headline NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup
Grammy award-winning reggae band Steel Pulse has been true to their roots for over 35 years. One of Bob Marley's favorites, the band has maintained a sense of fierce integrity as it strives to get the message of love and justice across to all people.
"Without love there is no justice, and without justice there is no peace," says founder David “Dread” Hinds, as he explains the band's mission. "At the core of our music is a deep sense of love for our African heritage and a commitment to fight for justice for all people on this planet, even for our planet itself. Man is destroying creation in the name of progress. And along the way, we kill, rob, loot and exploit our brothers and sisters – dividing people by tribe, color, class, religion – you name it."
"We stand against violence in all its forms. And poverty is a form of violence. It may sound like a cliché by now, but we believe in love and justice, living in harmony with one another and nature. Our mission is to bring hope into the hearts of people – that things can get better if we unite to do the right thing. Despite the wickedness in the world, we believe in positivity. We want to see true democracy, not hypocrisy.”
"We try to point out the mistakes we humans are making, either through ignorance or through evil intentions," adds co-founder Selwyn “Bumbo” Brown. "We can't sit back and watch what's happening without trying to make a difference. That's what we felt like back in the day, as schoolmates in Handsworth, and that feeling hasn't changed to this day. Babylon has been making the rules for long enough. Our job is to show that Jah Kingdom must be here on Earth – in our hearts and minds – so we can respect one another."
Steel Pulse is working on a new album and DVD and, as always, is taking Jah message to the people. Steel Pulse is a concept, a way of life.
Steve DeAngelo to Receive the HIGH TIMES Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award
An inspired leader, Steve DeAngelo has a record of four decades of activism and advocacy in the cannabis reform movement. The media has featured Steve DeAngelo's landmark Harborside Health Center in their coverage in the emerging cannabis industry in California and nationwide for a reason. It is a place where safe access, compassionate and responsible use and lab-tested, high quality medicine is offered to patients in great need of relief from a wide range of medical conditions. Patients come first at Harborside.
Steve has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the BBC; Fortune magazine and literally every major network news source in the country. His creation of a model medical cannabis dispensary and lifelong cannabis activism coupled with his extensive knowledge in this arena has made him one of the most respected speakers in the cannabis and hemp industries.