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CannaBiz: Denver's inaugural Medical Cannabis Cup

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A mile higher

When it comes to marijuana competitions, High Times magazine has the market. Its Cannabis Cup, held in Amsterdam every year since 1987, is considered the preeminent place to party, partake of and pass judgment on strains from all over the world. (Last year's winner? Tangerine Dream.)

Recently, the magazine combined its expert experience with the booming medical marijuana movement to create several big events in the U.S. Last year, it was a competition in San Francisco, an event that executive editor Dan Skye says couldn't have gone better.

"We wouldn't be doing this," he says, "unless San Francisco did so well."

"This" is the magazine's next venture: Denver's inaugural Medical Cannabis Cup. The 18-and-up competition will be April 2 and 3 at the Exdo Event Center (1399 35th St.), featuring strains tested by Full Spectrum Laboratories from dispensaries across the state. Speakers will include UCCS' Dr. Robert Melamede and Kathleen Chippi of the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project; hip-hop artist Kid Cudi is scheduled to headline an opening-night party.

"Basically, we're just trying to discover what the best strains in Colorado are," Skye says. "I think High Times has a bit of cachet — we've been in business for 37 years and we're kind of like, considered the Bible of the counterculture — and people always expect a good time when we put on an event."

Don't come to me ...

Doctors Manuel Aquino and Paul Bregman have become the first Colorado physicians to lose their ability to recommend MMJ, the Denver Post reports.

Aquino voluntarily surrendered his license before the Colorado Medical Board could take it — as the board was seeking to do — after he recommended MMJ to a woman who was six months pregnant.

As for Bregman, the newspaper says that the Medical Board received information that the doctor "has a condition that has harmed his ability to serve his patients." We e-mailed the good doctor for more information and received no response.

Bud shake

Marijuana Patient Advocates will "continue discussion and learning" at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 13 at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., meetup.com/mmj-coloradosprings) in Community Room II.

• The New York Times reports efforts are underway to repeal Montana's MMJ law. Its state House passed a repeal by a wide margin and the Senate is considering it. If successful, the state would be the first among the 15 MMJ states (plus the District of Columbia), to disallow availability.

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