On Sunday, February 12, the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup culminated in the presentation of awards to the top products of the medical cannabis industry of Greater Los Angeles. A crowd of 500 filled the plaza of L.A. Center Studios to witness the first-ever cannabis competition that HIGH TIMES magazine has staged in Southern California.

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Comedian Rob Cantrell kicked off the show and stars of the cannabis industry presented the awards, including HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighter of the Year Debby Goldsberry.

Also on hand to present the award for Best Sativa was the entire crew of Odd Future. Flesh-n-Bone and Layzie Bone from Bone, Thugs Harmony took the stage to present the Best Hybrid Cup and revved up the crowd with their own impromptu pot rap.  

Medical marijuana pioneer Dennis Peron took the stage and told the crowd that the age of legal medical cannabis is “coming soon” nationwide. The HIGH TIMES Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the late, great Jack Herer who history recognizes as the leader of the modern cannabis movement. His son, Dan, accepted the award and warned the crowd against becoming complacent – that there is still important work to do.


Overall, the event was an enormous success and the HIGH TIMES crew was gratified with the warm, friendly welcome that the event received. In June, the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup returns to the San Francisco Bay Area for our third event in Northern California.

Thanks to all vendors and judges and all of the new friends we’ve made throughout the great state of California, our nation’s cannabis capital!


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