by David Downs
Before the smoke had even cleared from an unprecedented police raid last Wednesday, November 23, the 24th annual High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam concluded with a concert and the annual awards ceremony.
On Wednesday, Amsterdam police conducted a massive, 100-officer raid at the Cup's venue, Borchland. Possession of marijuana has been decriminalized in the Netherlands, but according to tweets on the scene, from Dana Larsen, Director of the Vancouver Cannabis Dispensary Society, "Police officer told me they investigated yesterday, saw some booths giving out weed and breaking other rules. So now the event is shut down. ... Everyone has to leave except for exhibitors. Cops are friendly and polite."
David Holland, event counsel for High Times, later told the Express via our online comments section that “this started over a misunderstanding about a permit application filed by the venue to host the event. Police are ensuring that all vendors are in compliance with the 500 gram limit under the Opium Law for licensed vendors at the venue. Only one vendor has been identified as potentially over the limit, but only slightly.”
High Times says police arrested and released one female, Mila, “the hash queen of Amsterdam” for excess hash. No attendees were arrested. Still — a serious show of force since Conservatives took power in the Netherlands and shut down weed tourism to the south of the country
Here are the award winners — including the East Bay's own Debby Goldsberry, formerly of BPG — from a High Times press release:
Coffeeshop (Cannabis Cup):
1) Barney's Coffeeshop — Liberty Haze
2) Green House United — Hawaiian Snow
3) Green Place — Buddha Tahoe
Seed Company Indicas (Indica Cup)
1) (tie) Reserva Privada and Reserva Privada Colorado — Kosher Kush
2) Hortilab — Star Bud
3) Cali Connection — Tahoe OG
Seed Company Sativas (Sativa Cup)
1. Rare Dankness Seed Co — Moonshine Haze
2) THSeeds — Electric Lemon G
3) Karma Genetics — Dominator
Seed Company Hybrids (Hybrid Cup)
1) (tie) DNA Genetics/Reserva Privada Colorado — Holy Grail Kush
2) Cali Connecion — Dead Head OG
3) Serious Seeds — AK-74
Seed Company Hash Cup
1) Cali Connection — Tahoe OG Kush Wax
2) Hogg Seeds — Hydrahash
3) Reserva Privada Colorado — Rascal OG Nelson
Import Hash Cup
1) Green House Coffeeshop — Exodus Cream Cheese
2) Barney's Coffeeshop — Caramella Cream
3) Green Place — Twizla
1) Barney's Coffeeshop — Liberty Melt
2) Green House — Hawaiian Ice
3) Grey Area — Grey Crystal
Freedom Fighter of the Year:
Every year High Times presents the Freedom Fighter of the Year Award to one extraordinary person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and effectiveness in the cannabis legalization movement.
This year we are honored and humbled to present the 2011 Freedom Fighter of the Year Award to Debby Goldsberry of California.
The Dutch Master Award:
At the 24th Cannabis Cup, High Times introduced a new award — The Dutch Master Award — for recognition of one outstanding individual in the Dutch cannabis community.
As the leader of the Dutch Passion Seed Company, for 25 years Henk van Dalen has been gathering and selecting the best cannabis genetics from around the world.
We couldn’t ask for a more worthy recipient of the first-ever HIGH TIMES Dutch Master Award. Congratulations to Henk van Dalen!