Despite no fewer than three visits by Detroit Police and warnings from the officers that nobody should smoke any pot, organizers of the Detroit Cannabis Cup said on Monday that they went ahead with their contest to pick the best marijuana in Michigan.
“We absolutely had the competition” and awarded trophies, said Dan Skye, executive editor of High Times
, reports Bill Laitner of the Detroit Free Press.
The New York-based monthly magazine for marijuana fans has sponsored Cannabis Cups in California, Colorado and now Michigan.
The winning medical marijuana strains “will afterwards be known as the highest in their fields,” the magazine said last week.
More than 3,000 attended the two-day medical marijuana convention in a popular jazz club, Ben’s Warehouse Theatre. The place had a “sealed medicating tent” in which those with Michigan medical marijuana registry cards could consume cannabis, Skye said.
There were no arrests, but several attendees were ticketed for possessing “drug paraphernalia,” according to Skye.
“I think this was a very bogus action by Detroit police to disrupt a legal activity that was bringing people to spend money in their city,” Skye said.
“People were very upset,” medical marijuana patient Steven Greene, 45, said of the police visits. “And they cheered every time the police exited the building.”
Greene, who lives in South Lyon, is host of the weekly “Medical Marijuana Radio Show
” on WDTW-AM (1310), and said he posted a video of the Cannabis Cup award ceremony. He also posted video of what he called “police harassment” on YouTube
The Cannabis Cup featured funk legend George Clinton in performance. Planned panel discussions included one for veterans who use cannabis to alleviate pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to co-organizer Danny Danko.
“If they adhered to state laws, we can’t stop something,” said Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens. Stephens said she didn’t know the details of the three police visits to the event.
Before the Cannabis Cup, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said that, according to Michigan law, registered patients could obtain marijuana only from caregivers registered with the state to provide it to them.