CANNABIS CULTURE – Marijuana aficionados will head to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan this October for the third instalment of The Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup, a strain-judging competition with an uncertain future, thanks to Canada’s new medical cannabis laws.
The Prairie Cup, which takes place from October 4 – 6 at the The Odeon Event Centre (241 – 2nd Avenue South, downtown Saskatoon) will feature medical marijuana strain entries submitted by cannabis growers from Canada’s Prairies.
“Definitely Saskatchewan’s premiere cannabis event,” Jeff Lundstrom, founder and organizer of The Prairie Cup, told Cannabis Culture. “We have a lot of Saskatchewan entries this year … hosting and showing Saskatchewan growing pride. Some of the greatest cannabis producers are Prairie farmers so I’m super proud to be showing-off their talents.”
The three-day event will also feature live musical performances and speakers. Ticket-holders will have access to a “Dab Bar” and “Vapo-Lounge” with custom dab rigs made by popular Canadian glass blower Redbeard, and will be entered in free giveaways and prize draws.
Guest speakers include members of Canada’s cannabis legalization and medical marijuana communities.
Health Canada’s new medical marijuana regulations ban all home growing by license-holders by April 1, 2014 in favour of a commercial mail-order-medicine scheme. This has many patients concerned about skyrocketing prices and the threat of losing access to high-quality medicine.
The future of The Prairie Cup and other Canadian strain-judging competitions has now come into question as well, since these events acquire their strains from medical growers.
“We have dates for next year’s cup,” Lundstrom said. “I don’t know what that means. I mean, I’ve been involved long enough that I know people that are not going to quit growing weed, so I certainly hope that I can still obtain. Maybe some of my friends will obtain commercial licenses and they will still be able to come forward with their gifts for next year.”
Pot TV will broadcast much of the event LIVE over the course of the weekend. Watch our website homepage for the LIVE feed.
View the event poster.
Listen to my interview with Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup founder and organizer Jeff Lundstrom on Cannabis Culture News LIVE: