Feds Threaten High Times Owners Over Planned Smokeout and Celebration In Las Vegas
Rapper Ludacris was the headliner of High Times’ annual Cannabis Cup, which is taking place this weekend on the land of the Moapa Band of Paiutes.
In January, voters in the state approved recreational use of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for adults.
Over 10,000 people bought tickets to the event, in hopes of celebrating Nevada’s new recreational marijuana laws.
Organizers of the festival were forced to publicly admit that they were that there would be no marijuana at this year’s event, after politicians in the state of Nevada objected to the festival being held on the land of the Moapa Band of Paiutes.
A group of Democratic and Republican politicians sent a letter to current Attorney General Mike Sessions, and eventually the Nevada’s top prosecutor U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden issued a warning to the organizers of the High Times Festival.
“We’ve removed the marijuana,” a spokesman for High Times said. “There will be no smoking area, no edibles competition, no cannabis topicals or lotions.”
Although it’s doubtful that the marijuana smoking will be completely stamped out during the festival, the owners of High Times and the Indian reservation run the risk of becoming the subject of a federal investigation had they ignored the government’s orders.