Steamboat Springs The medical marijuana in Steamboat Springs is tops in Colorado. And that’s not just blowing smoke.
Local dispensary Rocky Mountain Remedies won top honors for the best strain of medical marijuana at the inaugural Western Slope Cannabis Crown in Aspen during the weekend.
The Kandy Kush strain, grown in Steamboat, beat out entries from 140 other participants and won the growers a trip to the 23rd annual Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam this November.
Kevin Fisher, who owns the business with Ryan Fisher, no relation, said the strain is particularly beneficial to patients with nausea and pain and that it acts as an appetite stimulant.
The strain, a cross between four other strains, was developed in cooperation with gardener Ray Thomas.
Kevin Fisher said that unlike many “specialty strains” that have flavors such as coffee or fruits, the Kandy Kush tastes like, well, marijuana.
“It has a real stinky, dank flavor to it,” Kevin Fisher said.
The Cannabis Crown, held at The Gant in Aspen on April 17 and 18, hosted about 3,000 medical marijuana cardholders for networking and seminars, Kevin Fisher said.
Damien Horgan, who helped organize the event, said a panel of five judges, who were unaffiliated with other groups, picked the winner.
Kevin Fisher said the Kandy Kush sold well at the event and that he expects it to continue selling well throughout the state as other dispensaries place orders for the award-winning strain.
“I’m sure we’re going to see demand go through the roof,” he said.
Even so, he said prices for the strain, as well as others, will remain the same for people in the caregiving service. Rocky Mountain Remedies is one of two for-profit dispensaries with a license in Steamboat.
The win also came with a trophy that the Rocky Mountain Remedies team will receive from the organizers on live television, broadcast by G4 TV, possibly later this week.
Fisher said he and his growing partners might take their strain to other competitions throughout the state during the summer, but none of the other competitions will be as big or prestigious as the Cannabis Crown.
“This is as legitimate as it’s going to get here,” he said.
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