Dutch Cannabis Cup ‘HomeGrown Cup‘ entered pharmaceutical grade cannabis in their 2016 competition, the organizers announced today on their Instagram page.

Since HIGH TIMES wasn’t coming back to the Netherlands in 2015 for the annual Cannabis Cup, the HomeGrown Cup organization felt there was a gap that needed to be filled. With the HomeGrown Cup, they lean on an old tradition of celebrating the annual agriculture harvests at the end of the season. In the HomeGrown Cup compete amateurs, coffeeshops, Cannabis Social Clubs, seedbanks and growshops with each other for the prizes. The 2016 edition was held on December 17, 2016, in Eindhoven (the Netherlands).

Bedrocan’s Cannabis Flos ultimately finished 20th of 27 contestants in the indoor category.

By entering Bedrocan’s Cannabis Flos anonymously in the indoor category of the HomeGrown Cup, an interesting experiment took place. Bedrocan is the only licensed cannabis producer in the Netherlands, supplying not only pharmacies in the Netherlands, but also exporting it to various European countries.

Cannabis Flos is one of the few pharmaceutical strains available in Dutch pharmacies. It has approximately 22% THC, less than 1% CBD and is generally seen as a Sativa. Ultimately, it finished 20th of 27 total in this category. In a response on their Instagram page, the organisation explains they ‘thought it would be an interesting experiment to see how it would fare against ‘unregulated’ grown cannabis’.

Considering a majority of the House supports the D66 (Lib-Dems) proposal for the regulation of cannabis cultivation, it is only a matter of time before the Netherlands finally regulates the supply side (or ‘backdoor’) of the coffeeshops. But the results of the HomeGrown Cup hint cannabis regulation needs to be done correct and inclusive.

Earlier, the Union for Abolition of Cannabis Prohibition (VOC Nederland), commented in a press release: “We consider the proposal as an important step in the right direction, but it’s missing two aspects. First, a legal right to home cultivation for personal consumption and secondly, the Cannabis Social Club, where members can grow on non-commercial, cooperative basis cannabis and sharing. The recent breakthrough in Tilburg shows how easy it is to make arrangements for home cultivation.”