The world’s largest ticketed marijuana event in the world has been denied their permit for the 2016 High Times Cannabis Cup in Denver, Colorado. The last couple years, the Cannabis Cup has been held in conjunction with the April 20, 4:20 gathering in downtown Denver.
Adams County Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday, to deny the permit for the April 16-20 event. Law enforcement officials were cited in testimony, warning that too many people participated in open cannabis use, which is not permitted in Colorado. Commissioners were told that High Times and the Denver Mart failed to address the issue of on-site public consumption of cannabis as well.
Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh told the commission “From a safety perspective, I have serious concerns about this event and this venue.”
According to Denver Mart co-owner, John Doyle, a daily cap of 15,000 visitors had established in a new set of rules for this year’s event. It is estimated that up to 35,000 people visited the event last year. Several off-site parking areas would be used for the event, with a shuttle being used to transport visitors to the event, to help control the massive congestion in the area during the event.
Despite the new rule changes, it was not enough to convince the commissioners. Commissioner Chaz Tedesco asked “Do you think you improved from 2014 to 2015?” He noted that the Denver Mart had promised that these issues would be addressed when it applied for a permit last year.
North Metro Drug Task Force Commander Todd Reeves cited a military vet experience problems breathing, and a female visitor jumped form a moving vehicle, after sampling marijuana at last year’s event.
As of Tuesday evening, High Times’ general counsel Cristina Buccola declined to speculate on the future of the Cannabis Cup in Colorado, as she had yet to hear of the permit denial.