by Scarlet Palmer on 23/11/2011 | Cannabis News

Cannabis Cup raided by police – breaking news

In a shocking turn of events at the 24th annual Cannabis Cup festivities, around 150 uniformed police raided the venue in the south of Amsterdam this afternoon. Both visitors and vendors were searched as they were forced to leave. Anyone found with over 5 grams of cannabis is being arrested, according to reports from inside the venue at around 5 pm, and search procedures were taking ‘a very long time’.


In a shocking turn of events at the 24th annual Cannabis Cup festivities, around 150 uniformed police raided the venue in the south of Amsterdam this afternoon. Both visitors and vendors were searched as they were forced to leave. Anyone found with over 5 grams of cannabis is being arrested, according to reports from inside the venue at around 5 pm, and search procedures were taking ‘a very long time’.

Sources said the atmosphere was calm and smoky, with those waiting to leave forming a large ‘smoking circle’ and consuming as many of their samples as possible. Police confiscated large amounts of cannabis in the first raid in the history of the High Times competition, and rumors are already spreading that the remainder of the Cup (which runs until November 27th) may be cancelled. High Times has yet to issue a statement on the raid.

Vendor and policeman inside the Cannabis Cup venue (photo by DNA Genetics)
Vendor and policeman inside the Cannabis Cup venue (photo by DNA Genetics)

Although some sources have reported that the raid took place on a venue near the Leidseplein area, the daytime Cannabis Cup events take place this year in  the Borchland sports and exhibition centre, a large venue in the south of Amsterdam. It is the first time the event has been held here. Evening events are held in the Melkweg, which is the Leidseplein venue. It is still not known whether this evening’s Melkweg Cannabis Cup party will go ahead as planned.

The police apparently timed their entrance to coincide with an onstage hash-making demonstration by legendary hash expert Mila of the Pollinator Company, as well as a camera crew and reporters from AT5, the local Amsterdam TV station.

Sensi Seeds continues to follow this developing story and will bring you further updates as we have them.

 

Update Thursday 24th November 

As the smoke still metaphorically swirls around yesterday afternoon’s events, more facts have come to light.

Despite the earlier reports of arrests, only one has been confirmed. Mila of the Pollinator Company was held for several hours before being released last night, after being arrested for having ‘slightly over’ the limit for coffeeshop exhibitors.

High Times have contacted us (see comments below) with reassurance that events will continue as planned, and we thank them for their speedy response and the information. There has however been criticism of the organizers from some Cannabis Cup attendees, and the raid yesterday will doubtless be the main topic of conversation at the Awards Ceremony in the Melkweg tonight.

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stevenhager420

The Cup continues tonight at the Melkweg, nothing is being cancelled, except the expo. All judges can vote tonight at the Melkweg.

23/11/2011

David

Chillax, all is good over there. I am one of the attorneys for High Times and this started over a misunderstanding about a permit application filed by the venue to host the event. Our US and Dutch lawyers have just finished reviewing them with the police there. No attendees have been arrested and attendees are not the targets of the police presence. Police are ensuring that all vendors are in compliance with the 500 gram limit under the Opium Law for licensed vendors at the venue. Only one vendor has been identified as potentially over the limit, but only slightly. In any event, the show will go on tomorrow and additionally, the Melweg will be opening at 2pm tomorrow to accomodate judges who do not wish to trek outside of Amsterdam so that they can avoid the lines and vote early. Further details will be posted on the High Times site later today.

23/11/2011

spread spreadley

what plant did the polite vote to be the best ????

24/11/2011

BC guy

Will 'High Times' be refunding the $269 ticket cost? Having your paid night ended abrubtly in such fashion, your pockets turned out and having to show identification as well as your name possibly being placed on a list of sorts and the event cancelled, wasn't part of the purchase price, was it?

26/11/2011

mastersatwork

getting arrested is the less expensive possibility to spend a night in A'dam. Do not forget some space cookies for breakfast

26/11/2011

BC guy

"what plant did the polite vote to be the best ????"

You'll post this misspelled, lowbrow, tripe - which I rightly gave a negative rating to (-1) - then promptly remove my negative rating of it - but not post my earlier comment regarding High Times offering refunds for what people were wrongly subjected to? You're pretty fucking yellow, boys.

26/11/2011

Red HashMuseum

I understand that you're upset, and rightly so.

Firstly I'd like to apologize for the time lag in posting your comments. This was due only to moderation of comments taking place during our working hours, so comments posted during the weekend take longer to be approved. It was in no way intended as censorship of your comments or (totally justified) criticism of High Times.

Your negative rating was not removed, but may have been cancelled out due to someone else giving the same comment a positive rating. This is something I need to check in the comment hosting system so I can't say for sure at this time, but I can definitely confirm that none of our admins changed the rating.

I have just checked the HT website and they have issued no further statements, may I ask if you have been in touch with them directly? Your points are valid and judging from some of the comments on the HT website you are by no means the only person who feels that some kind of compensation is in order.

I hope you are not dissuaded from continuing to comment on our blogs by this experience, as we value your input.

With best wishes,

Red

29/11/2011

Lorelei

Visited your blog through Bing. You know I will be signing up to your rss feed.

01/12/2011

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