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High Times backs out of Cannabis Cup in Milwaukie

On Monday, High Times withdrew its application to the city of Milwaukie for a temporary use application to host its annual Cannabis Cup on Mailwell Drive on Sept. 19 and 20.

Amanda Younger, High Times event director, said that the “time has come to cut our proverbial losses.”

“It has become clear to us that regardless of the amount of time we spend going back and forth on this application, the city of Milwaukie will never grant it,” Younger wrote to city officials. “To bring our direct and residual business to a city requires that such city unequivocally supports our Cup. Unfortunately, at this time we do not feel the city of Milwaukie has met this standard.”

Jason Wachs, Milwaukie community programs coordinator, said that the city could have met High Times’ deadline if the Cannabis Cup organizers had been timely in providing information requested by the city. He said Milwaukie had been awaiting proof that High Times’ event had approval to reroute adjacent businesses’ truck traffic through private property during the event. 

“This issue and others, including Fire Marshal concerns, were not resolved as of yesterday (Aug. 31), preventing the city from completing the review,” Wachs wrote.