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WIRE: High Times issues statement about potential raids at Nevada Cannabis Cup

High Times Magazine issued the following statement after getting news that U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden has threatened to shut down the High Times Cannabis Cup:


Since our founding in 1974, HIGH TIMES has been deeply committed to creating safe, law-abiding events that allow the cannabis community to peacefully assemble and collectively celebrate the freedoms we’ve won through the national marijuana legalization movement.

After direct consultation with local and state authorities, High Times, along with our partner Ultra Health, was confident we would have an event that was a safe celebration of cannabis within Nevada’s medical cannabis statutes. We have been in regular consultation with Nevada Medical Marijuana Establishments (MMEs), the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), which oversees NV MMEs, and the Department of Taxation, and we have been very clear that we have always been prepared to host a compliant event.

High Times thanks the Nevada Department of Public Behavior & Health and the Nevada Department of Taxation for their open correspondence and cooperation in allowing us to have our event within the confines of Nevada law.

Additionally, the High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup Las Vegas is fully compliant with Moapa Tribal Law.

But now federal authorities have intervened directly with our host venue, the land of the Moapa Band of Paiutes. Subsequently, we’ve been informed that our upcoming Cannabis Cup event in Nevada on March 4-5 can proceed as planned, but vendors, guests, performers and attendees are advised to comply with all local, state, and federal laws regarding the use and distribution of cannabis and cannabis related products. In order for the cannabis industry to continue to earn legitimacy and social acceptance, we understand that rules and laws need to be abided.

High Times will continue to stand up for our civil liberties and advocate for our inalienable rights to cultivate and consume cannabis. We urge you to join us.

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