It’s like a beer competition for marijuana.
A cannabis festival in Aspen this spring will be the first in Colorado for approved growers to put their strains in a contest. The Western Slope Cannabis Crown will have about 50 state-approved medical marijuana growers enter their strains of weed. The marijuana strains will be diagnostically tested for their THC levels.
“We want to get the best of the best in there,” says the festival’s organizer, Bobby Scurlock. The festival is being patterned after Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cup competition held each November.
Growers at the Colorado contest will also be able to sell to medical marijuana patients, who will vote on a “people’s choice” strain. There will also be entries for edible forms of marijuana, such as cannabis-infused brownies.
Only medical marijuana users registered in Colorado will be able to buy products from vendors, although sales will have to occur outside of the conference, which will be be held in an Aspen hotel. Scurlock says the marijuana sampling will most likely be in a private condo or room where the providers are staying.
“This is not about potheads running around the streets,” Scurlock says. “This conference is to enlighten people and talk about the benefits, and its economic impact.”
Scurlock says the event April 17-18 is nearly sold out, with 1,500 tickets sold. Tickets are $25.