California’s First State-Sanctioned Cannabis Competition is Now Open

Photo by Esteban Lopez

California’s first-ever cannabis competition is now open to legal growers, paving the way for cannabis to become mainstream in the state. This state-sanctioned competition is open to all licensed cannabis cultivators and will celebrate the 2021/2022 harvest of the California-grown, cannabis flower.

The CA State Fair is hosting a state-sanctioned cannabis competition and awards in 2022 which is is open to all licensed growers in California. Entrants will be classified into three classifications representing three primary divisions for submission by light source: Indoor, Mixed Light and Outdoor. The competition will award medals for the cannabis flower only, showcasing the primary cannabinoids and terpenes expressed in the cannabis flower. Seven individual cannabis plant compounds will be tested and identified for awards. Based on the levels of cannabinoid and terpenes concentration, 77 bronze, silver, gold and double gold medals will be awarded including the coveted Golden Bear trophy for “Best of California.”

Entrants are vying for 70-plus awards, including silver, gold, and double gold medals and nine of the coveted Golden
Bear trophies for “Best of California.” Submission details are here.

“We are pleased to celebrate California’s legal and licensed cannabis industry as part of the CA State Fair in 2022,” said California Exposition & State Fair Board of Director Jess Durfee. “For the past 166 years, the CA State Fair has always been a first mover, leading the State Fair circuit with innovative programming and large-scale competitions that celebrate the best the state has to offer, making the addition of cannabis cultivation a natural new category.”

In 2018, commercial cannabis became legal in the State of California for adult use and since that time has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry. The awards have been developed in partnership between the California Exhibition & State Fair and Cultivar Brands, a California-based cannabis marketing and events agency who specializes in the creation of programs that continue to move cannabis into the mainstream.

The competition will be scored objectively, through science-based analysis performed and certified by SC Labs, one of California’s premier cannabis and hemp testing lab. SC Labs will provide all entrants with the required Certificates of Analysis (COAs), as well as a PhytoFacts®* chemometric report that will identify all the unique compounds of the submission to determine the award winners.

The first-ever CA State Fair Cannabis Competition and Awards will evaluate the 2021 harvest and celebrate the award winners during the CA State Fair set to take place July 10-26, 2022, at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. The submission window opens on November 1, 2021 and will remain open until March 30, 2022. Award winners will be announced in May of 2022.

This historic moment has arrived, and cannabis is now officially part of the CA State Fair, one of the world’s largest state fairs. For more information on the CA Cannabis Competition and Awards, visit www.castatefaircannabisawards.com.

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