On Thanksgiving night, the 24th annual Cannabis Cup Awards ceremony was held at the Melkweg nightclub in Amsterdam. After a tumultuous week, which saw a massive police raid on Borchland, where the Cannabis Cup Expo took place, the HIGH TIMES staff rolled out the green carpet and feted the best strains of cannabis in the world.

Incredibly, the Amsterdam police issued an edict, just hours before the awards, cautioning that any judge toking up in the Melkweg would be warned, then arrested if caught again. Never in the 24 years of the Cup had this event been constrained in such a manner. Fortunately, the audience was free to step outside to smoke – which they did in epic numbers.


The raid on Borchland was an unimaginably over-the-top affair with 100-plus Dutch cops entering the facility. According to reports, the raid was conducted because of rumors that a “drug park” was being operated at Borchland (an athletic complex outside the city of Amsterdam) and that underage people were in attendance. Much to the chagrin of police, no hard drugs were found, no underage people were in attendance and only one arrest was made. The Expo reopened the next day on schedule and without a hitch. 


The arrest? The legendary Mila of Pollinator fame, who had more hash in her possession than was legally permitted.


Oh well. She was released that day – and it certainly didn’t stop the hash queen of Amsterdam from attending. In fact, she presented the Cannabis Cup for Neder Hash (Best Dutch hash) and, indeed, received a long, raucous ovation of appreciation from the Cup audience. At the end of the night, Barney's won the prize for top strain, chosen by Cannabis Cup judges in the largest voter turnout ever.


The unprecedented police interest in the Cannabis Cup was hardly daunting for the HIGH TIMES crew. There was never any discussion of shutting down the event and plans for next year’s historic 25th anniversary Cannabis Cup are already underway.


Thanks to all judges and Cannabis Cup vendors for making this event a huge success. Yes, it was marred slightly by police intervention. However, as all of us know in this vibrant cannabis community of ours, the road to free weed is not without potholes. But we’ve been repaving that road for years. Give us time, and cannabis will travel on a superhighway!


Here are the winners from the 24th Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam:

Coffeeshop (Cannabis Cup):
1) Barney's Coffeeshop – Liberty Haze
2) Green House United – Hawaiian Snow
3) Green Place – Buddha Tahoe
Seed Company Indicas (Indica Cup)

1) (tie) Reserva Privada and Reserva Privada Colorado – Kosher Kush

2) Hortilab – Star Bud
3) Cali Connection – Tahoe OG
Seed Company Sativas (Sativa Cup)
1. Rare Dankness Seed Co – Moonshine Haze
2) THSeeds – Electric Lemon G
3) Karma Genetics – Dominator
Seed Company Hybrids (Hybrid Cup)

1) (tie) DNA Genetics/Reserva Privada Colorado – Holy Grail Kush

2) Cali Connection – Dead Head OG
3) Serious Seeds – AK-47
Seed Company Hash Cup
1) Cali Connection – Tahoe OG Kush Wax
2) Hogg Seeds – Hydrahash

3) Reserva Privada Colorado – Rascal OG Nelson       

Import Hash Cup
1) Green House Coffeeshop – Exodus Cream Cheese
2) Barney's Coffeeshop – Caramella Cream
3) Green Place – Twizla

Nederhash Cup
1) Barney's Coffeeshop – Liberty Melt
2) Green House – Hawaiian Ice
3) Grey Area – Grey Crystal
Best Product
1) Green House Seeds – V Syndicate Grinder Card
2) Vaporfection – Vaporfection
3) Big Buddha Seeds – Big Buddha’s Goodie Bag
Best Booth
1) Barney’s Farm
2) Green House Seed Company
3) Big Buddha Seeds
Best Glass
1) Roor – Ray Machine 1
2) Herborizer – Icetube Vaporizer
3) Hitman Glass – The Darby Torch Tube
Freedom Fighter of the Year:

Every year HIGH TIMES magazine presents the Freedom Fighter of the Year Award to one extraordinary person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and effectiveness in the cannabis legalization movement.


This year we are honored and humbled to present the 2011 Freedom Fighter of the Year Award to Debby Goldsberry of California.

The Dutch Master Award:

At the 24th Cannabis Cup, HIGH TIMES introduced a new award – The Dutch Master Award – for recognition of one outstanding individual in the Dutch cannabis community.


As the leader of the Dutch Passion Seed Company, for 25 years Henk van Dalen has been gathering and selecting the best cannabis genetics from around the world.


We couldn’t ask for a more worthy recipient of the first-ever HIGH TIMES Dutch Master Award. Congratulations to Henk van Dalen!