Last September, California officials announced that the California State Fair would host the country’s first-ever, state-sanctioned marijuana competition. Cannabis vendors from the state would be allowed to compete in the fair in categories such as cheese, beer and wine vendors, a move that pointed to the legitimization of the cannabis industry.
The state fair recently unveiled the winners of this historic competition, awarding 60 medals and trophies to companies whose products had been deemed superior by judges via laboratory tests. In a press release, Jess Durfee, the chair of the California Exposition & State Fair Board, said that including marijuana cultivation alongside olive oil, craft beer, wine and cheese was a solid move that perfectly aligned with the state’s rich history of agriculture.
Contestants submitted more than 300 items in three divisions based on the conditions they were grown in, whether it was mixed-light, indoor or outdoor. Each division was broken into 10 categories, each of which was based on the cannabinoid concentrations of compounds such as THCa, CBGa and CBDa, as well as terpenes such as Pinene, Limonene and Mycerene.
The submissions were tested extensively by SC Labs, with trophies being awarded to contestants based on cannabinoid or terpene expression in each category. SC Labs provided reports detailing each of the awardees’ cannabinoid profiles, flavors, aromas and effects.
The winners of America’s first-ever, state-approved cannabis competition include MOCA Humboldt, Greenshock Farms, North Country Pharms, Mendocino Family Farm, Dry Farmed Organic Medicinals, Value Pure Farms and Gentleman’s Cut. According to the cofounder of SC Labs Alec Dixon, developing award-winning cannabis takes plenty of skill, care and attention to detail during the drying, curing and preservation phases.
MOCA Humboldt, Greenshock Farms and Esensia won the most awards, with MOCA Humboldt winning gold in several categories. Ridgeline Farms also scored a couple of wins and took home three silvers. Emerald Spirit Botanicals took gold in the outdoor Special Unique category for a THCV-rich cannabis train called Pink Boost Goddess.
Aaron Salles, the VP of marketing and sales at awardee MOCA Humboldt, says the company loves the fact that the competition took a science-based approach when evaluating cannabis products. He states that marijuana’s inclusion in the fair was a major win, helping to legitimize the industry and giving stakeholders a chance to educate the general public on the benefits associated with cannabis.
The awardees will be able to feature their award-winning cannabis products at an exhibit during the state fair, which will run from July 15–31.
With companies such as Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX) developing better ways to grow cannabis and other crops, the future competitions may be even closer as companies go all out to take the prized trophies home.
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