Stoners from all over are packing their bongs and heading to Amsterdam on November 18-22 for the 20th Annual High Times Cannabis Cup, which Steven Hager, editor-in-chief of High Times magazine, calls the Academy Awards of marijuana.
Around 2,000 judges will toke on homegrown ganja from 30 weed- friendly coffee shops and 20 seed companies, and according to Hager, it takes some good genes to grow prize-winning pot.
He says, You can talk to a horse breeder and ask how you get a purebred race horse. Its all in the genes. You need good strains of weed to start with, then you breed them to make something new.
And though Amsterdam is famous for being a spliff-serving city, it has to share joint fame with the U.S. for most smoke- worthy weed.
Says Hager: Northern California has much better pot. Most of the strains that people win with come from there. Some Dutch strains are not worth smoking.
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