For that reason, you may want to seek the advice of an attorney well-versed in cannabis law to make sure you are protected when buying seeds.
For more variety you can buy seeds online, although there are risks. Consider having them shipped to a state where growing marijuana at home is legal. That way, if your package gets intercepted, it’s unlikely you will face legal consequences. But you may still face legal jeopardy if you have to cross state lines to bring them home.
Netherlands: Despite the nation’s relaxed attitude towards marijuana, it is still illegal to possess or purchase. However, you should have no issue purchasing cannabis seeds from a Dutch-based seed company.
What to buy
One of the more trustworthy sellers in the United States is I Love Growing Marijuana. Its website features information about growing, what types of seeds you’ll need and more. The website and store are run by Robert Bergman, an expert cultivator, and provides free shipping to customers in the United States and Europe.
United Kingdom: At present, the UK allows for the purchase, sale, or trade of cannabis seeds whether you purchase them domestically or from another European nation.
Even though the United States is one of the world’s most progressive countries in terms of cannabis legalization, the herb remains federally illegal. For this reason, it might be best to get your seeds from a friend or buy directly from a licensed shop. However, in these cases, you’ll have limited options that may not be suited to how and what type of cannabis you want to grow.
You can purchase seeds within most states where growing cannabis is legal, but the issue is still complicated by the fact that the plant is federally illegal.
Even if the Cannabis Cup no longer attracts all the key players in the cannabis industry, most people agree it is a useful opportunity especially for new breeders to gain exposure to the wider cannabis community so they can contribute to the cannabis movement. That has to be a good thing! The arrival of the medical cannabis cup is also a very positive move for the cannabis movement in general and the medical cannabis movement in particular. The fact that the medical cannabis cup takes place in the USA, the country that began the worldwide persecution of cannabis in the 1920’s and 1930’s is a sign of the changing attitudes towards cannabis use. Long may it continue.
Fans of the Cannabis Cup point out that it has spawned numerous similar ‘cup’ competitions in many other countries. These events are popular with seed suppliers as well as those that manufacture growing equipment, vaporisers, bongs etc. For those lucky enough to get to a cup competition it is always a good chance to meet up with like minded people and relax.
Many Dutch coffee shops will have several strong varieties with 10-15%+ THC levels that will get most people extremely stoned – but can a single strain really be voted ‘best’? In any given Cannabis Cup most of the better strains would all be highly rated by the average stoner, but trying to identify the ‘best one’ is something that might take weeks or months for a person to feel that they can do confidently . and even then there would be disagreements between the judges.
High Times Medical Cannabis Cup
Critics of the Cannabis Cup claim it is still a useful event but perhaps it can no longer give definitive judgement on which are the ‘best’ strains. After all, the experience of getting high is subjective. One persons favourite strain may not be the same as another persons. Furthermore, the Cannabis Cup lasts for only 3 days. For many people that is an unrealistic time frame to be able to assess dozens of different strains.
The better seed companies have many strains with strong potency levels and often it is only personal preferences that can separate the strains. This is one of the reasons behind the boom in home-grown dope; many people like to grow a few different strains to understand whether their taste is for a particular variety, family or type of grass. Often that preference can change with the moment. Before a meal you might want to enjoy a solid indica to give you a god-like appetite and ensure your food delivers gourmet satisfaction every time. A good sativa is an unforgettable experience. And many of the quality modern hybrids are such great experiences that they have become legends in their own right.
A ‘Judges Pass’ to the Cannabis cup costs around €200 and in 2008 there were reputed to be 2300 judges. The Cannabis Cup is professionally organised and offers visitors the convenience of pre-booked flights and accommodation. The hospitality and liberated welcome offered by Amsterdam ensures that the cup remains a popular event.
In 2010 there was the first High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, with the focus very firmly on the medicinal properties and benefits of cannabis. Prizes are on offer in different categories of the competition and this cup is likely to provide great support for the medical cannabis movement worldwide. The event takes place in San Francisco and uses a panel of experts (rather than the general public) to vote for winning strains.
The next official Cannabis Cup is in Oregon on October 26 th , but you can check back here to find upcoming events near you as they get added.
Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur, enthusiast, or entrepreneur, there is so much to explore at Prague’s Cannafest. You can admire and purchase everything from smoking and vaping accessories, seeds, and growing supplies, to cannabis-themed artwork and hemp-based cosmetics, clothing, and more. You can also sample some of the tastiest edibles in the industry! If growing cannabis is where your interest lies, Cannafest features a thorough look at all of the latest seeds, fertilizers, and cultivation technology. There is definitely something for every cannabis fan at this event! In addition to all of the fun, Cannafest is actively working to raise cannabis awareness through the media and has partnered with several major legalization efforts.
Mile High 420 Festival
Hempfest is known for bringing together cannabis enthusiasts and focusing on all of the benefits that this amazing plant can bring for those who use it. This is a high energy event that draws a huge crowd and offers everything ranging from music to education. You’ll find that this is one festival that they keep trying to shut down, which is how you know that it is a good one. In recent years, Hempfest has even spread the use of their namesake to other events around the country.
The next National Cannabis Festival is April 18 th , 2020 at the RFK Festival Grounds.
The next Seattle Hempfest event is August 14 th -16 th and there is a licensed equivalent in Florida on October 12 th and 13 th .