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Cannabis Crown returns to Aspen in April

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

cannabiscrown.comThe Cannabis Crown will return to Aspen in 2011 after making its debut last April.

ASPEN – Medical marijuana users, mark your calendars: The Cannabis Crown is coming back to Aspen.

Organizer Bobby Scurlock said he has locked in April 29-30, 2011, for the second annual event, which will be based at The Sky Hotel. Last April, the inaugural event was based at the Gant, but thousands of attendees spilled into hotel rooms across the city.

Scurlock said he has yet to iron out all the details for next year’s version of the Cannabis Crown, a variation of Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cup. The event draws smokers, growers, providers and others in the industry, as well as those interested in learning more about the benefits of marijuana as a legal health remedy.

In addition to a contest to determine the most potent strain of the drug, there will be live entertainment, VIP parties and other offerings for medical marijuana license-holders and non-cardholders.

“We’ve got a lot of stuff in the fire,” said Scurlock, whose Crown Productions is coordinating the effort along with High Country Caregivers. “We’re going to try to fill all the hotel rooms we can during an off week.”

Scurlock said some changes are in store for the 2011 Cannabis Crown. “The first event was a huge learning experience for us,” he said.

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Last April’s event included guest speakers and was partially designed as an educational symposium. The upcoming event will be geared toward promoting product quality while also offering some solid entertainment options to participants, Scurlock said. MTV is expected to be in town to produce a special on one of last year’s entrants in the contest to find the potent strain of marijuana.

Among the details to be ironed out are the locations for designated smoking areas for registered patients – places where the users won’t be hassled as they are sampling different strains of the drug.

“We’re trying to follow the letter of the law. We don’t want people walking Aspen streets, smoking their medicine,” Scurlock said.

Also at the 2011 Cannabis Crown, organizers plan to limit the number of vendors with the goal of emphasizing quality over quantity.

“We are approaching the vendors who want to help patients, not those who are out just to make a buck,” said Scurlock.

Next year’s contest for the most potent strain will have two categories: “sativa” and “indica,” separating the different subsets of the plant species. Each subset is said to produce a different effect when ingested or smoked. Judging will be conducted using laboratory methods to evaluate the “percentage of usable cannaboids,” Scurlock said. Deadline for entries is March 1.

Scurlock said the first Cannabis Crown drew between 2,800 and 3,200 attendees, and he’s aiming for even higher numbers this year. “We’re going to try to stimulate the area as much as possible,” he said.

And like last April’s offering, local doctors will be on hand to evaluate individuals seeking to become licensed patients. Would-be patients must bring proof that they are Colorado residents along with recent medical records.

“Golden tickets,” which provide attendees with unlimited access to Cannabis Crown events as well as samples of medical marijuana, will cost $500. Last April, the tickets were $100. Only 100 golden tickets will be available.

Scurlock said the 2011 event will be more organized than the first one. More information will be forthcoming on the website http://www.cannabiscrown.com.

asalvail@aspentimes.com