ProTip: Get Your Emerald Cup Tickets in Advance

Last year, Felicity and I went to our first Emerald Cup and we loved it. It’s a different vibe than the High Times events; a lot more cultivation-oriented, lots of good medical information, and plenty of music! In fact, we kind of pooped out afterwards because we overdid it. This year, we’re staying overnight to give ourselves more time and breathing room, and hoping to come back with a lot of coverage, words and pictures…everything but the smoke!

What we can tell you now is that there are usually long lines to buy tickets, so we recommend buying tickets online because there’s nothing worse than finally getting there and then having to wait on line for 45 minutes just to get in. Once you do get in, there will be hundreds of vendor booths, plus awesome panelists and workshops, and did we mention plenty of music?

Why: Celebrating 11 years as California’s preeminent, outdoor, organic, medicinal cannabis competition. This year we’ve expanded to include more organic food options, over 200 great vendors, additional contests, speakers leading discussion panels including topics on medical applications of cannabis, how to grow organically and sustainably, cutting-edge science and testing, politics and activism, hands-on workshops led by leaders in our cannabis culture, PLUS the highly anticipated awards ceremony and so much more. Musical performances by Slightly Stoopid, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Stick Figure, Thrive, and HIRIE with Speaker appearances by Jeffrey Lowenfels, Jorge Cervantes, Doug Fine and more to be announced.

Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 13th & 14th, 2014; doors 11:30am to 10:00pm

About Old Hippie Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.

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