According to an organizer at High Times Magazine, the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup was shut down on it's opening day in fear that "all participants would be arrested," by city officials.
In a public statement addressed this past Sunday, High Times wrote, "this morning we were informed that if we're to proceed with the Cannabis Cup Expo the event would be shut down and all participants would be arrested. In the 26 years of the Cannabis Cup, there has never been any health or safety issues, nor has there been any lawlessness on the part of attendees.”
As if making cannabis a taboo topic in one of the most well-known, liberal cities for cannabis use isn't bad enough, High Times announced four new rules banning dabs, concentrate tool accessories such as dab torches
, and the sharing of cannabis:
Expo attendees and those working the booths will only be allowed up to 5 grams of personal cannabis or hash.
Security will be on hand to search bags and back bags and will confiscate amounts over the 5 grams.
Solvent-based cannabis extracts are not legal under Dutch law. You will not be allowed to bring shatter, wax or torches into the Expo.
Vendors are not allowed to distribute or share cannabis or cannabis-related products with the attendees. The mayor’s office is strictly enforcing this NO cannabis distribution law — to smoke at the Expo you will need to bring your own.