Cannabis Plants © Jennifer Martin
Amsterdam is as famous for its relaxed attitude towards marijuana as it is for tulips, canals and Van Gogh; and the Cannabis Cup is a celebration of the narcotic that attracts many high-minded tourists who want to partake openly in its appreciation. High Times Magazine sponsors the event and gathers all the best spliff around to sample and ultimately be awarded with the prestigious Cannabis Cup. The event is steadily increasing in popularity and attracts thousands of curious spectators each year who can purchase seeds and winning weed throughout the festival. However, it is not all about getting high, as promoters also try and persuade visitors about the global benefits of the hemp industry. The main event is the giant expo where stalls advertise their produce - some offer free samples and others have to be paid for - but there are also some fantastic live music and comedy events at the festival. The Cannabis Cup is awarded on the basis of a voting system; anybody can be a 'judge' and vote if they buy the judge ticket. In recent years there has been a separate category for medical marijuana.
Venue: NDSM wharf
Date: 17 - 24 November 2017