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Amsterdam — By Marianne on November 8, 2009 at 8:54 am

Amsterdam Cannabis Cup Competition

Autumn is harvest time, harvest of marijuana buds. Produce may vary in quality. During the five-day Cannabis Cup Competition grass is tested on purity, buds are inspected and spliffs are tested on length and strength.

The Cannabis Cup is the largest marijuana festival in the world. Cannabis experts sample the latest varieties of pot and select the strain they like best. Hundreds of judges, people like you and me, indulge and taste the new harvest to find out which of the different weeds is the most wicked. The festival also includes banquets, bands and seminars about hash cultivation.

Cannabis Cup Expo

Cannabis Cup Expo

Coffeeshops are like breweries brewing their own beer. Coffeeshops grow their own stock of cannabis. That’s why pot tastes different in each coffeeshop. Like any industry, the quality of the product is important. That’s why coffeeshops put a great deal of effort into impressing the judges and trying to win their favour. All coffeeshops want to win because they can promote themselves as the Cannabis Cup Winner of the year.

The festival is also interesting for non-pot smokers.  They will certainly enjoy the hemp exposition and fashion shows. Hemp clothes are strong and don’t wear out easily. Hemp was used for sails and rigging, but found its place in fashion through Levi jeans.So, why don’t you bring your mother? She will surely have something to talk about over coffee when back home.

cannabis registr amnesia

Cannabis Cup Registration

WHAT: 22nd Annual Cannabis Cup

WHERE: Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234, and coffeeshops in Amsterdam

WHEN: 22-26 November

Judge’s passes   are valid for five days and cost € 250 at the door. No passes are sold online after 15 November. Pre-registration begins on 19 and 20 November for those who will be in town a few days early.

Judges passes include admission to all ceremonies, concerts, seminars and the expo for five days, an event t-shirt and programme guide, free bus tours to and from the expo, and the right to vote

You can buy your Cannabis Cup judge’s pass at the door at €250,  euros only, no credit cards.

The judge’s pass does not include free samples of pot. You must buy your samples at the coffeeshops. Some shops have booths at the expo, and give free samples, usually in vapour bags.

Cannabis Buds

Cannabis Buds


Watch this Cannabis Cup Video

Read: Cannabis Cup, an Eyewitness Account


photo credits: superneki @flickr, kozydan @flickr, 420 @flickr

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