In the unlikely event that you’re currently wandering through Negril, Jamaica, and find yourself feeling a little different, it might be because you’ve stumbled upon the High Times Cannabis Cup, which is currently underway.
Described as ‘the world’s leading marijuana trade show’, the cup ‘celebrates the world of ganja through competitions, instructional seminars, expositions, celebrity appearances, concerts and product showcases.’
The Cup is only hosted in countries or states where medical and recreational cannabis have been legalised or decriminalised, so when Jamaica decriminalised weed in February this year, it became an obvious choice to host it.
A selection of reggae acts that have supported the legalisation of marijuana make up the music segment of the three-day festival.
SAN JUAN – The first Rastafari Rootzfest will host the High Times Jamaica World Cannabis Cup competition, aiming to crown the island’s best “ganja” growers.
“Rastafari Rootzfest is a comprehensive, educational and well-organized Rastafari event that celebrates Rastafari ideology, livity (lifestyle) and culture, tells the story of Rastafari struggle for the legalization of ganja,” organizers said on the festival’s Web site.
The Nov. 12-15 event in the resort city of Negril will include a consumer expo, seminars and performances by Jamaican musical artists Tarrus Riley, Bushman Luciano and I-Wayne, among others.
The High Times Jamaica World Cannabis Cup will select the best growers in four categories: Sativa, Indica, Hybrid, and Hash.
The event is being organized by Rastafari In Inity to commemorate the decriminalization of marijuana in Jamaica for medicinal and religious purposes, which took effect in April.
The Rastafari Rootzfest is supported by the Justice Ministry, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Negril Chamber of Commerce.