Cannabis Cup Makes U.S. Debut in San Francisco

First-ever event is a variety of Amsterdam's expo

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Medical marijuana experts, growers, advocates and patients are gathering in San Francisco this weekend for the first-ever High Times Medical Cannabis Cup.

The two-day event is being held at Terra San Francisco and cost $50-$100 depending on access. The $100 ticket gets you in the door for a Saturday night VIP party.

The expo features seminars for cultivation and activism hosted by the big names in the medi-pot scene. Medical professionals will be there and patients with a valid medical marijuana recommendation will also be allowed to consume cannabis in a special area of the expo. But there's no pot being sold at the event.

Topping off the event Sunday night will be an awards ceremony, where a panel of judges will crown winners for everything from the best medi-pot blends to the best edibles. Notes from the judges will help patients discover the best medicine for their needs.

The event a tamer version of Amsterdam's annual Cannabis Cup, which has been growing strong there for more than 20 years. Although it might sound a little off-the-wall to have an entire weekend event devoted to marijuana, it's not the first time there's been one in the City. Last month, the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo -- another first -- drew thousands to the Cow Palace.

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