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Cannabis Cup? What Cannabis Cup?

Usually I like to read what the MSM write about the Cannabis Cup but this year I have not been able to find a SINGLE article. I used Google and Yahoo news to search for Cannabis Cup stories but to no avail. It is like the competition never even happened!

I found more on this obscure Oregon cannabis competition than the Cannabis Cup.

Stanford Rolls to Victory at Medical Cannabis Awards
December 14th 2008 5:36pm

Former WW coverboy Paul Stanford swept the annual Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards on Saturday night, winning the top three prizes for buds grown in his Felony Flats garden.

Stanford, who runs a growing chain of medical-marijuana clinics, took first place with his version of a strain known as Lemon Pledge, second with a strain called Train Wreck, and third with his Dynamite.

He accepted his glass trophies in front of 100 people who attended the awards banquet at the Ambridge Events Center in Northeast Portland. Stanford also won an honorable mention for best flavor with his Green Lantern.

"I'm amazed and humbled," Stanford told WW after sweeping the field of 27 entries from Oregon's top medical cannabis growers. "We did a lot better job mixing our dirt this year."

Stanford has entered the contest before but has never broken into the top three. Top honors usually go to Long Creek grower David Verstoppen, who has won first place for the past three years with his Dynamite and Medicine Woman strains.

But this year Verstoppen had to settle for honorable mention for outstanding aroma.

"Competition is stiff," said a deflated Verstoppen, who made the five-hour drive from his Eastern Oregon home to attend the awards. "These growers out there, and the genetics, it's hard to say who's going to win."
I get the buying votes thing and had heard Barney's accused of that previously. But other than buying votes, how does one "cheat" in a cannabis competition? Can you "spike" the stuff with extra THC?
Saturday I attended the "First annual No Mercy International Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. There were 26 entries(weed only) and it was a great success. It was great to see vaporizer's along side beer taps again. Dampkring took top honors. Barneys didn't attend.
Why not?
Why not?

They have a local and international reputation for buying votes and cheating. Since I did not make up the guest list I changed my post to did not attend.
A travel organization sponsored non-event not covered by the MSM. Who would have thought it?
You impress the judges with things other than weed making them feel obligated to vote for you? just a guess could be wrong!
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