Cannabis experts on tap at pot convention

As cultivation editor for High Times, Daniel Vitkovetsky claims he has visited more marijuana grows than anyone on Earth.

From the tiniest closets and tents to massive outdoor, greenhouse and warehouse facilities, the man who writes under the pen name of “Danny Danko” has judged more High Times Cannabis Cups than anyone else and served on dozens of cultivation panels around the world. He also has written hundreds of articles and a few books, and does the FREE WEED podcast on how people can grow their own high-quality marijuana, even if they aren’t blessed with a green thumb.


WHEN: Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Portland Sports Complex, 512 Warren. Ave., Portland
HOW MUCH: $20 a day, $30 for a 2-day pass
WHO CAN GO: Must be at least 21 years old, medical card not required

Aubrey Graves, center, laughs with friends while waiting to smell 10 strains of cannabis at a prior pot convention in Portland. The organizer expects about 4,000 people to attend this year.Staff photo by Ben McCann

“Simply put, I know good weed,” Vitkovetsky said in his new book, “Cannabis: a beginner’s guide to growing marijuana,” which was published last month.

Vitkovetsky is making his first public appearance in Maine this weekend at the 4th Annual Maine Cannabis Convention in Portland. He will be one of four panelists talking about the benefits and drawbacks of the various cannabis grow mediums – soil, soil-free potting mixtures like peat moss and rockwool, and water – at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Portland Sports Complex.

Vitkovetsky is one of more than 30 speakers at the two-day event. Topics range from hands-on personal-use tips, such as cooking with cannabis and making tinctures, to advice for marijuana business owners, such as how

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