Las Vegas Cannabis Cup ruined by Feds, bad weather
Monday, Mar 6, 2017

The first recreational marijuana festival thrown in Nevada has been marred by federal interference and dangerous weather conditions.

Organizers of the High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup in Las Vegas scrambled to put together some semblance of their popular legal cannabis event over the weekend, but were ultimately obstructed by a threat of federal interference from Nevada’s U.S. Attorney coupled by a high wind weather alert, reports several news outlets.

The event, which has gained popularity for allowing attendants to sample cannabis provided by exhibitors and vendors, was forced to restrict all event goers from using marijuana in any form after U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden threatened to “enforce the Controlled Substances Act” if organizers followed the state’s legal marijuana initiative over federal laws.

“We’ve removed the marijuana,” said event spokesman Joe Brezny. “There will be no smoking area, no edibles competition, no cannabis topicals or lotions.”

But while High Times went ahead to hold its first Cannabis Cup devoid of any actual cannabis for the first of its two scheduled days, the second day was ultimately canceled due to dangerous weather conditions stemming from wind gusts reaching as high as 60 mph.

Oscar Pascual