This weekend: Detroit welcomes famed Cannabis Cup 2019

This weekend the Motor City will host Cannabis Cup, the world’s most famous cannabis festival where vendors and weed lovers gather to celebrate and enjoy the plant. 

Featuring artists like the legendary Wu-Tang Clan and 2 Chainz, the event will take place at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit on August 17-18. All people aged 21 and over will be able to attend the Cannabis Cup without a medical card. Meanwhile, younger visitors aged 18-20 will need both a valid ID and a medical marijuana recommendation card. 

The Cannabis Cup is sponsored by High Times magazine, which has been advocating for legalization since its first issue in 1974. 

During the festival, judges from around the world will sample and vote for their favorite indica, sativa and hybrid strains from participating companies. Panels, seminars and the excellent selection of hip-hop musical acts will supplement the event, which is expected to garner a large amount of visitors as it’s the first to be held in Detroit since Michigan legalized recreational pot. 

“High Times is bringing all the action we brought to the Auto City Speedway and more to the Paris of the Midwest! Featuring an even bigger lineup, more booths, and oh yeah, LEGAL CANNABIS – this one’s going to go down in the record books. Come be a part of history,” the two-day festival’s website says. 

In Michigan, it’s legal to possess no more than 2.5 ounces of cannabis in public. The state became the 10th in the country to legalize recreational marijuana after 56% of voters approved the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act in November of 2018. 

As the first marijuana retail stores are yet to open (expected in early 2020), it is currently legal only to receive weed as a gift. Specifically, the law states it is legal to give away or transfer “without remuneration up to 2.5 ounces of marihuana, except that not more than 15 grams of marihuana may be in the form of marihuana concentrate, to a person 21 years of age or older, as long as the transfer is not advertised or promoted to the public.” 

This is the second Cannabis Cup in Michigan in just over two months, the first being held in the Auto City Speedway in Vienna Township in June. 

Members of the cannabis community in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to attend the festival’s next edition in their home city on August 24-25.

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