Kevin Fisher, left, and Ryan Fisher, co-owners of Rocky Mountain Remedies, won the Cannabis Crown in Aspen during the weekend for a strain of medical marijuana developed in Steamboat Springs with gardener Ray Thomas. The three men won a trophy and a trip to compete in the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam in November.

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Kevin Fisher, left, and Ryan Fisher, co-owners of Rocky Mountain Remedies, won the Cannabis Crown in Aspen during the weekend for a strain of medical marijuana developed in Steamboat Springs with gardener Ray Thomas. The three men won a trophy and a trip to compete in the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam in November.

Local marijuana strain takes top honors at Cannabis Crown

Local dispensary’s ‘Kandy Kush’ earns top honors in Aspen

— 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.

— To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

justthefacts 4 years ago

Fact: N.W. Colorado really has something to be proud of now!!!!

PUBLISH THIS TO THE WORLD, TOURIST WILL BE FLOCKING TO OUR DOOR STEPS.

Prepare for the onslaught, new restaurants, new Dorito stores, new Love Bug stores, no workers man!!

Rainbow people UNITE , Routt County is the place!!!

Just The Facts and More

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GreyStone 4 years ago

Great ! New carrier opportunities for out-of-work, Moffat county, coal miners.

Publish this to the world, hijackers, thieves and other low-life scum bags will be flocking to our door steps. Prepare for the onslaught… of degradation, mediocrity and sin.

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onewhocares 4 years ago

Yeah, this is something to be proud of (NOT)......and the newspaper is rewarding this why?

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Really 4 years ago

Just exactly how do they judge this? They can't smoke that much pot.

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Jeanette 4 years ago

Is it my imagination or are their eyes really dilated???

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George Robertson 4 years ago

Actually history is repeating itself, this is simply a modern day repealing of prohibition.

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kp81625 4 years ago

I was really shocked and saddened when I saw this article in the local paper. What a thing to be proud of? Not! let's just advertise to our children and the rest of the valley that this company grows pot here. Yeah? I don't want to be involved in this area anymore. Steamboat are you proud?

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aPerspective 4 years ago

Let me be the first to add something posiitve for an outstanding accomplishment! Congrats!

I hope their business continues to GROW and spite all of you who are sooo against MMJ....

Guess What!?! It's not going anywhere and the program and businesses keep spreading more and more everyday....... learn to deal with it or start checking into a move to Utah, they may be more your speed!

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