City hosts 3rd Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup

Three day marijuana festival in Saskatoon celebrates growing the plant. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC)

The Prairie Harvest Medicinal Cup is a three day celebration of everything and anything to do with marijuana. Growing it, smoking it, even baking with it.

For the past three years, people from around the country have come to Saskatoon's Odeon Events Centre for the event. Most of the attendees are medical marijuana growers.

Organizers believe there is an ideal strain of marijuana to treat illnesses. To test this theory, the event has designated judges — most of whom are growers themselves — who smoke all of the different strains and decide which one is best.

Fred Bell, a medical marijuana grower based in Calgary, said he suffers from epilepsy.

"I have lost my spleen and my gallbladder due to pharmaceuticals," Bell said. "I am [either] on massive amounts of epilepsy pills a day or I am on five and a half to seven grams of this."