High Times responds on Cup fraud

The 1999 Cannabis Cup was the biggest and most successful in Cannabis Cup history, attended by more than 2,000 people. The event included the inductions of Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs into the High Times Cannabis Hall of Fame.

Many changes were made this year, resulting in awards being distributed more evenly to the participating Seed Companies and Coffeeshops. The most important change was making Coffeeshop Owners the judges for the Seed Company and Hash competitions. Although 16 shops voted, three ballots were disqualifed on the recommendation of an independent accounting firm.

“There has been a lot of misinformation about the disqualified ballots,” says High Times Editor and Cup Founder, Steven Hager. “Because there were no written rules about how ballots could be filled out, there was confusion about what was proper and improper. This was the fault of the organizers, not the participants whose ballots were disqualified.

“Next year, we plan to have written rules concerning voting and lobbying for votes so problems like this will not re-occur. Unfortunately, information about the disqualified ballots was leaked to the press and public, resulting in considerable confusion over the fairness of the event. High Times stands behinds the results. This year’s Cup was a fair and honest competition.”

Cup Winners included:

Sensi Seeds (expo booth)
African Ash Glassworks (glass)
Vaportech (product)
TIE: Crucial Creations & Hemperium (hemp)
Dutch Flowers (hash)
Paradise Seeds (indica)
Sensi Seeds (sativa)
Green House (Cannabis Cup)