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Adams County denies permit for Cannabis Cup

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Posted at 4:49 AM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 06:49:47-05

Adams County commissioners have rejected a permit for April's High Times Cannabis Cup, the vast outdoor marijuana fair that coincides with the 4/20 pot celebration rally in downtown Denver.

The commissioners on Tuesday unanimously denied the Denver Mart a permit for the April 16-20 event, taking testimony from several law enforcement officials who warned that too many people sampled cannabis products openly.

"From a safety perspective, I have serious concerns about this event and this venue," Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh told the commission.

The Cannabis Cup in Colorado is High Times magazine's largest event and likely one of the biggest ticketed marijuana parties in the world.

When reached at her office in New York on Tuesday evening, High Times general counsel Cristina Buccola said she hadn't heard about the denial and declined to speculate on the event's future in Colorado.

More at Denver Post: Drug Task Force says too many people will attend