This year marks the 13th time cannabis connoisseurs from across North America will gather in the so-called Emerald Triangle — an area in Northern California comprising the counties of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity – famous for producing top-quality medical cannabis.

But it will be the first since California voters decided last month to approve Proposition 64 allowing recreational use along with medicinal.

Founded by Tim Blake in 2003 at Area 101, the Emerald Cup celebrates the passion of California’s best cultivators, breeders, artisan hash makers, edibles creators, and topicals makers. Now hosted at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa and running Dec. 10-11, the Emerald Cup has grown from a few hundred people to ten thousand attendees. As a world-famous competition, the event pits California’s top growers head to head as experienced judges test the fruits of their labours.

Craig Ex, better known as the “The Expert of Expert Joints” on Pot TV, is making his first trek to the massive marijuana meet-up and said he is psyched to sample some newly nearly legal wares.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what it is all about and sampling some of the finest cannabis products in the world said Ex, who is hoping to help negotiate an expansion of Cannabis Culture dispensaries into Montreal before flying south for the event. “The legalization initiative is a big step for California and will likely have an affect on this and many events going forward in the future. I am excited to see what they come up with but I believe the regs don’t fully come into play until into January 2017 so I’m not sure if their overall climate will have changed much for this event. The attitude and the spirit, I’m sure will be quite exciting.”

Each valid entry will receive a full spectrum test (potency, microbiological, and pesticide) from SC LABS. Included is the Terpene testing (on all flower and concentrate entries) in recognition of the extremely important role terpenes play in how we interact and are drawn towards cannabis. Also included is the microbiological and pesticide testing for every entry to ensure judges don’t have to partake in any medicine that could possibly harm one’s health.

The event features a wide range of live music, speakers, workshops, pre-parties and more. Click here to find out more.

 

THE 2016 EMERALD CUP AWARD CATEGORIES:

FLOWERS

The Top 20

Breeders Cup Award

Best Terpene Profile Award

CONCENTRATES

Icewater

Rosin

Dry Sieve

CO2 EXTRACTS

The Top 5 C02 Extracts

TOPICALS

The Top 5 Topicals

EDIBLES

The Top 5 Edibles

TINCTURES – SUBLINGUALS

The Top 5 Tinctures

CBD

Flower

Concentrate

Sublingual

Edible

REGENERATIVE FARM AWARD

Awarded to the farm that demonstrates the most regenerative and sustainable farming practices.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Awards to be given to recognize people who have done exceptional work to advance the cannabis community, awareness, and industry.