Attendees look over a selection of shirts during the High Times Cannabis Cup at the Denver Mart on April 19, 2015. The Cup runs through Monday. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

Cannabis Cup, Day 2: Some Colorado shops take chance to win big

Greenman Cannabis and MMJ America stand out, while other Colorado businesses opt out of the contest with concerns over Marijuana Enforcement Division compliance.

The U.S. Cannabis Cup Denver 2015 awards kept coming in for Colorado companies Greenman Cannabis and MMJ America on Sunday night, although the competition may not have been as stiff as previous years. Many local dispensaries expressed concerns about how to submit samples to the High Times Cannabis Cup and still remain in compliance with the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, choosing to opt out this year.

“We weren’t sure how to manifest the products,” notes Tiffany Goldman of The Health Center, on the electronic reporting that must be done to transfer regulated cannabis. “So this year, we didn’t enter. We need to worry about the other 364 days of the year.”

That didn’t stop several local dispensaries from taking the risk to gain the exposure that comes with it, including back-to-back first-place wins in the “Best Colorado Sativa Flower” category for Greenman Cannabis’ Ghost Train Haze among their three trophies on the night. MMJ America took home the coveted “Best CBD Flower” category with Tora Bora, as well as second- and third-place finishes in other flower categories.

When it came to national entries, it was hard to go too long without hearing Greenwolf LA‘s name. With multiple winners in both flower and concentrate categories, they had a busy night.

Monday’s Day 3 wraps up with a screening of “Super Troopers” with several of the original cast members, panels, and of course, cannabis consumption.

Overall, crowds seemed smaller at Day 2 of the Cup, with attendance at panels down from Saturday’s first day. Samples were still plentiful, with vendors continuing to give out freebies into the afternoon.

See the full list of award winners at High Times