Medical marijuana conference coming to Aspen
ASPEN, Colorado – A version of Amsterdam’s “Cannabis Cup” is coming to Aspen, Colorado, in which medical marijuana growers, providers, patients and others in the industry will convene over one weekend in April.
The First Annual Western Slope Cannabis Crown, organized by Glenwood Springs resident Bobby Scurlock and the owners of High Country Caregivers, will be held April 17-18 at the Gant.
The conference is open to the public and will include speakers, live music, information booths, and most notably, a competition among providers that showcases their best strains. Growers and providers will vie for the “cannabis crown.”
Scurlock said he hopes to draw about 50 dispensaries from around Colorado and their strains will be tested by Denver-based Full Spectrum Laboratories. The marijuana strains will be diagnostically tested for THC levels and how well they match up with patients’ ailments.
There also will be a “people’s choice” award for those who are on the state registry for medical marijuana and have received a “golden ticket” from one of the organizers. The people’s choice will narrow down the field for the crown but the ultimate winner will be based on the diagnostic test, Scurlock said.
“We want to get the best of the best in there,” he said. “We want as many vendors as possible.”
Only Colorado registered medical marijuana users will be able to buy products from vendors, which will have to occur outside of the conference – most likely in a private condo or room where the providers are staying.
“This is not about pot heads running around the streets,” Scurlock said. “This conference is to enlighten people and talk about the benefits, and its economic impact.”
Scurlock said the event is nearly sold out; about 1,500 tickets have been sold. The $25 ticket buys admission to the two-day event.
Proceeds from raffles will benefit disaster relief for Haiti. Items to be raffled include grow room kits, vaporizers and other merchandise.
Nathan Traul, co-owner of High Country Caregivers, said as many as 400 strains could be showcased at the conference, as well as an edibles category.
So far, about 40 strains have been entered.
“The reception has definitely been great,” Traul said. “We’re excited about the event.”
Scurlock hopes that this year’s event is successful enough that it can grow into a week-long conference next year.
Scurlock said the crown’s website is currently being built and has limited information. Participants can log onto westernslopecannabis.com, which will allow them to book a room at the Gant. Those who are interested in learning more about the conference can e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call High Country Caregivers at (970) 945-2492.
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