In the great state of Washington, the war on marijuana has ended, and marijuana has won. The day when pot smokers no longer have to look over their shoulders has arrived. This is HUGE.

While a society has to protect itself from murderers, rapists and swindlers, it does not have to protect itself from a man or a woman smoking a joint and minding their own business. A country trillions of dollars in debt does not have to waste its resources harassing and imprisoning pot smokers, growers or dealers. The vast majority of the marijuana that is produced in this country is done so without threat to the community. Despite nearly 80 years of prohibition, America has never seen the marijuana equivalent of the Capone gang or the Miami coke wars, and despite being in the crosshairs of law enforcement for generations, the marijuana industry has managed to evolve, civilly, to the point where the people of Washington and Colorado have voted to legitimize it.

Today and tomorrow, the fruit of our efforts will be on display at the first-ever legal, non-medical HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in Washington state. Come to Freemont Studios, located at 155 North 35th Street in Seattle and witness the historic moment when cannabis culture steps out of the closet and into the public sphere. Discussion forums, musical performances, cannabis commerce and a whole lot of old-fashioned pot smoking will be going on and all those of legal age are invited.

The weather promises to be beautiful, and we intend to enjoy this moment in the sun.

Lord knows we’ve earned it.
Thank you, Washington.

Chris Simunek
HIGH TIMES Editor-in-Chief