The final day of the High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam was one to remember for all the right reasons.

After an event which has been plagued with problems from the outset, organisers, High Times finally have reason to celebrate.

Amsterdam’s Melkweg exhibition centre was absolutely jumping last night as the winners of the 2014 Cannabis Cup were announced.  A large crowd created a terrific atmosphere inside the arena, made better by some amazing live music.  The award winners all got a great reception from the crowd, and there was a defiant roar when High Times’ editor and compere for the night took the stage and insisted that the Cup would return to Amsterdam.

Earlier in the day, Team EDIT dropped in to see DNA Genetics seminar: Creating Champions.  The educational aspect of the seminar was excellent, but it was also refreshing to see such influential figures as Don and Aaron from DNA speaking up for Amsterdam and fully supporting the organisers, High Times.  The two master breeders spoke compellingly and made the case that while this year’s cup has been marred, the community should rally around Amsterdam.  After all, Amsterdam welcomed and embraced counter culture long before recent legalization legislation was passed Stateside.

Onto the award winners themselves:  Barney’s Farm won outright best strain with their amazing Cookies Kush.  Best Indica went to Vault Genetics for Colorado Bubba.  Best Sativa was won by Crockett Family Farms with the Crockett cut of DNA Gentics’ Tangie.  DNA’s cut of Tangie actually clinched second place for best Sativa – an indication of how popular that strain has been over here in Amsterdam.  The Greenhouse won best imported hash with their Super Lemon Haze Cream and Barney’s Farm won best Nederhash with Cookies Ice Cream.

Team EDIT have thoroughly enjoyed the 2014 Cup experience and have met a lot of friends, old and new, along the way.  We salute all the competitors and venues – particularly the coffee shops who worked so hard to cater for the influx of expo delegates when the seminars were cancelled.  We look forward to returning to this beautiful city next year for the 28th Cannabis Cup.

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