We’d like to thank Roger Norville for his daily reports from this year’s Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. Today, we present Roger’s last dispatch along with a list of the winners…
Spending the week caught somewhere between a haze and a whirlwind it’s no surprise that the closing day of Cannabis Cup came so quickly. Having spent the last four days hustling the coffeeshop crawl and getting the skinny on the competing strains I was ready to cast my vote.
And so, it seemed, was everyone else.
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At the expo the ballot lineup stretched outside of the building. Patrons spent the wait time discussing potential winners and puffing last-minute samples. After about forty minutes I found myself at the polling station and how fitting, it was 4:20 on the button.
While certain categories can only be voted on by a hand-selected group of individuals, the 2,500 regular judges were able to vote for the year’s best best coffeeshop strain, best import hash, best Nederhash, best expo booth, best glass and best new product. The votes were cast via touchscreen iPads, a first for the Cup this year, and with an ever-increasing number of judges it’s probably the most efficient way of getting everything tallied up.
The mood was a bit more subdued than usual on the shuttle back to central station, a week at the Cup can really take the spring out of your step. The bus was still thick of smoke, but even the smoking seems to have caught up with people; the ride was starting to sound like it was coming from a bronchitis convention.