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Blog: Safety risks at Oklahoma's first High Times Cannabis Cup caused by lack of preparation

After covering the High Times Oklahoma Cannabis Cup last weekend, it was obvious that organizers — at least on Saturday — were unprepared to host the thousands who attended, nor could they quickly adapt to the unpredictable weather.


But High Times social media channels show no acknowledgement of any problems I observed: lines at least four hours long, lack of food and water, and the mud that made it difficult to safely travel to vendor booths.


EMSA spokesperson Lara O'Leary told me were eight transports to area hospitals on Saturday from the Lost Lakes Entertainment Complex in Oklahoma City for needs such as cardiac issues, fainting or heat-related illness. The heat index that day rose to the mid-90s with little to no wind.

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