Growing up a pot smoker there were a few clear milestones I crafted somewhere amidst the haze in my head of what would make me feel satisfied on my journey with this plant—meeting Cheech and Chong, smoking in front of the White House, visiting Amsterdam, finding real Thai sticks, the list goes on. The biggest goal on that list, however, and one I never thought I would actually reach, was judging an official High Times Cannabis Cup.
For those that don’t know, the High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s leading marijuana competition—or battle of the buds, as I prefer to call it. Originated in Amsterdam in 1988 by former High Times editor Steve Hager, The Cannabis Cup has evolved into a globally recognized championship of the best cannabis products any given region has to offer. Although it’s evolved many times—from in-house underground judging in Amsterdam in the late 80’s/early 90’s, to the first American Cups focused solely on medicinal products, to the…
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