From a safety perspective, I have serious concerns about this event and this venue, Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh told the commission.
North Metro Drug Task Force Cmdr. Todd Reeves said during last year s High Times Cannabis Cup, a military vet experienced breathing problems after sampling pot and a female jumped out of a moving vehicle.
He said with the hundreds of vendors expected, the total crowd at the event would be closer to 16,000 daily — exceeding both the event organizer s suggested cap of 15,000 attendees this year and what fire officials have said is a safe number of people at that site.
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When reached at her office in New York Tuesday evening, High Times general counsel Cristina Buccola said she hadn t yet heard about the denial and declined to speculate on the Cup s future in Colorado.
Also, the Mart would have required attendees to park in several off-site parking areas and take a shuttle to the event, which is held at 451 East 58th Avenue, so as to control traffic tie-ups at the event.
Adams County commissioners have rejected a permit for April s High Times Cannabis Cup, the vast outdoor marijuana fair that coincides with the 4/20 pot celebration rally in downtown Denver.
But that wasn t enough to appease the commissioners. Commissioner Chaz Tedesco noted that the Denver Mart had promised it would fix problems from the inaugural 2014 Cup when it asked for a permit for last year s event.
The commissioners on Tuesday unanimously denied the Denver Merchandise Mart a permit for the April 16-20 event, taking testimony from several law enforcement officials who warned that there were too many people sampling too many cannabis products openly.
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As HIGH TIMES proceeds through the permit approval process, our foremost commitment is always to create the highest quality and safest event possible for our attendees, our partners and the cannabis industry.
As you know, there has been a great deal of uncertainty about the annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in Colorado. In the past two weeks, we have attempted to secure a permit for the Cannabis Cup in Pueblo, which would have enabled HIGH TIMES to host the event there in April. However, over this past weekend, we have decided to suspend our pursuit of a permit.
We remain committed to supporting the historic Colorado cannabis industry and look forward to hosting a future HIGH TIMES event in Colorado.
Yesterday, High Times released the following statement on their Cannabis Cup website:
We appreciate the efforts of the local community to expedite the process, and we respect the need for all parties involved to have confidence in all operational aspects of the event.
High Times’ next move was to attempt to move the Cannabis Cup 120 miles south to Pueblo, Colorado. The first dates announced were for April 15-17. Then, due to the timing of their permit application in Pueblo and a law requiring a minimum of 75 days notice, it was changed to April 22-24. Pueblo County officials had said the permit decision would be expected “no later than March 23”.
One would assume that moving a large event – one that drew upwards of 100,000 people over three days last year – to another city, with less than one month’s notice, became unrealistic and High Times has now been forced to cancel the event.
The 2016 Colorado Cannabis Cup saga appears to have come to an end and the result for prospective attendees and exhibitors is not a good one. There will be no Cannabis Cup in Colorado this year, at least not around the annual 4/20 (April 20) day of cannabis celebration.
The trouble started when High Times Magazine, the presenter of the Cannabis Cup, was denied a permit to hold the 2016 Cannabis Cup at Denver Mart, where it had been held the previous two years. Officials from Adams County, a county just to the north of Denver where the Denver Mart is located, denied the permit application citing security concerns and the open use of marijuana at the event.
Stay tuned to our 2016 Colorado 4/20 Celebration info page for updates on all other 420 events for the annual April celebration in Colorado.
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